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30 September 2005 / erikduval

Paul Lefrere @ ICL

Paul Lefrere started with a couple of nice videos from [a less motivated student](http://funnyplace.org/) (try “do you know who I am”) and [an overachieving learner](http://robpongi.com/).

It was nice to see someone else refer back to [Doug Engelbart’s Augment](http://www.bootstrap.org/augdocs/friedewald030402/augmentinghumanintellect/ahi62index.html). Paul mentioned the [work at Intel on learning tools](http://www.intel.com/education/tools/), but mentioned that this is not enough, because of the barriers learners face to realise their potential (anxiety, [lack of knowledge](http://www.applelinks.com/abacus/cogito_ergo_something.shtml), …). Things we can do about it: [playing games to improve our visual capabilities](http://www.bcs.rochester.edu/people/daphne/visual.html), evolving to a [humanv2.0 transhuman](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transhumanism), or – on a slightly more mundane scale – [building spatial human interfaces](http://web.media.mit.edu/~jackylee/sui.htm) to help kids learn how to boil an egg…

Paul seemed rather concerned with the potential for abuse – and many in the audience seemed to share his worries.

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