Posted by: bentworld | November 29, 2007

Is technology getting out of hand?


It’s late and i’m lazy so i’m going to have to paraphrase this article from engadget that I found while browsing the web. Basically it’s about a university in Japan that is conducted in your cellphone.

“Finally, your greatest and weirdest dream can be realized. Besides being able to check your Facebook account, email your girlfriend, call your Mom on the holidays, or play a Java version of WonderBoy, you can take a college class via your mobile phone. The questionably named Cyber University in Japan has begun offering a mobile class on the “mysteries of the pyramids,” but instead of a typical PC’s display of text, images, sound, and video, the mobile version offers a streaming Power Point presentation on the topic. The university — 71-percent of which is owned by Softbank, a mobile service provider — has 1,850 students, and offers almost 100 courses, though only one is available for phones. Sakuji Yoshimura, head of Cyber University, says that the technology will allow those with jobs or who have disabilities greater access to education. “Our duty as educators is to respond to the needs of people who want to learn,” he said”

This has to be the craziest thing I’ve heard in awhile. People are getting so lazy, and to compare classroom education to a cellular-based power point education is insane. I personally i’m looking forward to college; being on my own, the parties, “the learning”, and all the other good and bad times that go along with it. Don’t get me wrong though, if you’d like to attend Cyber University, be my guest. I just wont be endorsing it.


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