Exam Boards Lost the Plot

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CCTV cameras could be used in school exam halls in an attempt to prevent cheats using increasingly high-tech devices, examiners said on Friday. Reuters

Cheating in exams no way, mobile phones in exams no way. I know lets put a camera in the room problem solved.

The simple fact is that majority of people who are taking exam at least at A-Level aren’t dim wits and don’t cheat, the ones that do are generally the stupid minority and get caught. Why is are the Exam Boards bothering with this stupid idea, make exams more relevant and interesting for the minority groups who find it difficult to make the step up to A-Level (thats not meaning making them easier)

Evolution?

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In biologyevolution is the process of change in the inherited traits of a population of organisms from one generation to the next – wikipedia

So I thought I would get back to my favorite subject apart weird jokes about people I know. Thats right some more Artilect goodness.

As part of my biology course we are ofcourse studying Darwinian Natural Selection (intelligent design people stop reading here) which is all well and good, but does it still hold true for our evolution now.

At its basic level Natural Selection states that:

Natural selection is the process by which favorable heritable traits become more common in successive generations of a population of reproducing organisms, and unfavorable heritable traits become less common.

So taking that definition we could quite easily state that the Human Population is no longer subject to the laws of natural selection, so then what are we subject to. Looking at technology we can see that the computers and electronics we are interacting with on a daily basis, are evolving in a very similar way to how we evolved. Starting with huge vacuum tubes in the 1940s to the miniscule transistors that are in everything today. The pace of the evolution is exponential growing but like most things including house prices at some point it has to stop, but its a long way off yet.

From this it could quite easily be argued that we are stagnant in our evolution and technology is not, we need to evolve to survive, so get them old transistors merged already.

 

Negroponte on the Classmate

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It just made me laugh: http://blog.laptopmag.com/olpcs-negroponte-responds-to-intels-classmate-2-and-new-low-cost-laptops

Can’t take competition, I’d still take an ASUS eeePC anyday over either, and they never offered the buy-one-get one scheme in the UK (but it didn’t turn out too stellar in the USA)