Monthly Archives: May 2013

Arigato Prof. Roboto

Online courses are nothing new. Many institutions now offer hundreds of online degrees. But a new trend from educational systems is called: Massive Open Online Courses or MOOC.  An example of these courses is that Stanford University has done with Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Introduction to Databases, which are offered for free online. This is an example of the class:

Results are impressive, as 160,000 students were registered (Waters, 2013). This videos are short length, with practical exercises and on-screen questions that reinforce the learning methods. But in the future this will be obsolete.

As the potential for the software evolves, the educational programs will adapt to different stages of the learning curve, offering a customized attention for each student. Imagine a system where class material or evaluations will be presented to the student according to his interests.

Imagine not also what information can be presented, but how the methodology of the class is customised. For some students, the best way to learn is reading, for others is chatting, and for others maybe making a presentation or playing. The future system will be able of recognise when a student is loosing interest on a subject and offer the best methodology possible to engage him again.

In the future, computes will create a customised learning environment.



Watters, Aurdery.  (2013). MOOC Mania: Debunking the hype around massive open online courses. Retrieved from:



Content producers will be closest with its consumers, co-creating according to their preferences and generating new strategies to attract them.

There has been a lost of interesting changes in content consumption in the past five years. Thanks to the democratization of distribution and the reduced costs of production, many artists and creators have all the tools to generate content, reach an audience and monetize its productions without distributors.

This trend will continue as distributors, filmmakers and exhibitors will have to adjust its business mode. You will no longer see releases exclusively for cinema theaters. Instead there will be multiplatform releases, with a high priority on digital subscription services, movies created for mobile devices and with online marketing strategies.

Those strategies will be not only for watching the movies, but also to create an experience around them. People will be able to watch them, share them, analyze them and create them.

Mash-up generation will be able to co-create the script and invent a customized editing and finales. For the first time in history, people will be an active participant on how content is created.

Access to extra features, direct communication with directors, producers and actors will be a common practice. Content will be more social.

Minority Report

Security of personal data is becoming a sensitive issue. Any device connected to the Internec can become a threat towards confidenciality.

It is not difficult to remember films that tells the stories of stolen identities to disapear a person or creating the illusion that never existed. Or highly sofisticated delinquents that steal a bank with only a click from their computers. All of this stories are not being scince fiction anymore.

As people tend to share too much information through social networks, the security landscape for the next years seems threatened by numerous informational attacks. Here is a visualization from Facebook that shows in blue how much information from the social network was published for the entire internet in 2010 (Inside Facebook, 2010):

The steal of information from sectors like education or health will be more common.  Data from students of patients can also represent a goldmine for hackers, to be exploited freely and unethically.

There is also a lack of security monitoring towards cars, refrigerators, printers,  IP phones, and other tools that are also connected to the Internet and should be protected. Think about someone can acces the documents you send to your printer. Even worse, in the future, someone could hack a pacemaker to really hurt someone.

Education and ethical behaviours are key when security issues increase in the world.

NOTE: An interesting video sent to me by @TinkTugeder on Twitter that puts some drama to the security issues.