Watching the videos here where wine companies are using AR in a custom app to animate labels, it strikes me as very Harry Potter. When conceptualizing tech, ideas from media often become the inventions of the future. What other fantastical realities are we going to be giving form?

Video: Building a Metaphorical Foundation (for Educational Technology)

Because technology is by its nature abstract, the way that we think about these abstractions has a direct impact on how it is created and implemented. I created this video to walk through how metaphors impact technology on the levels of students, teachers, and in the big picture. Hopefully, this will provide some food for thought for those creating and using technology, both inside and outside the classroom.

Lifehacks as Mindfulness

Rachel Sugar over at Vox argues that lifehacks represent the sinister push toward greater efficiency. While I agree that often they can be symptomatic of the Western push toward doing more in less time, lifehacks are not inherently so. The lens by which we approach our actions matters. Lifehacks can also be a form of mindfulness, wherein we are present in our actions, paying close attention to the here and now.

Putting together a short annotated bibliography on metaphors about technology and finding that the articles range from “the metaphors we use shape our conceptions of inventing and implementing technology” to “sometimes we think computers are like people and get irritated that they are so withholding” to “existing in the global cognisphere means that we have given up our agency as individual entities”. There seems to be some healthy disagreement on this topic.