Fw: [nafsiafrikasaana] Mathematics for Global Villagers
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> Hi Ricardo, Jacob, Mihal, Ed, greetings from Vermont! Yesterday I spoke
> for two minutes with Stephen Wolfram about my proposal
> We agreed that a good next step would be for me to write a proposal for a
> smallest bit of work, which would be $2000, that is $1,000 for me as an
> Investigator Coach and $200 each for 5 Investigators, for one or two
> months of part-time work. And then if that was approved and went well it
> would make sense to write a proposal for $15,000, which is $5,000 for me
> as a Social Newtorker leading our work on a Challenge, and $10,000 for
> five teams.
> The next two weeks I encourage us to think through how mathematics might
> relate to our endeavors and our interests. I think that Stephen is most
> interested in work that might show the value of our global team. He is
> skeptical that such a team can do high quality work, yet he is very
> interested in the possibility. So we should offer a project which we know
> that we truly want to do and which we are interested to commit to in the
> future and be a reliable source of mathematical information such as
> numerical data, word problems, etc. The Includer project involves many
> such design decisions that we do have an interest to collect data for.
> And more generally, I think the project of "design for global villagers"
> which would include Marcin Jakubowski's work, Mark Roest's vision, Ben de
> Vries work, Peter Burgess's community impact accountancy, etc. would be
> good to flesh out, start work on, and suggest. I ask for our ideas.
> Ricardo, I will be traveling in Boston next week so its difficult for me
> to schedule a call but much easier simply to try to call you when I am
> online. The following week I should arrive in Chicago at David
> Ellison-Bey's house and then it will be straightforward to schedule a
> call. I think your ideas are great and we can set up our website
> http://www.includer.org to organize the information. I think it's great
> to have clearly defined, competing versions of the Includer idea and
> document the progress being made on each one. Data relevant to design
> including reports from the field on people's personal situations such as
> the cost of Internet access, the bandwidths, all the variables including
> personal income and expenses would be very relevant and a good
> mathematical project to propose to Stephen Wolfram.
> I hope next week to meet with Walter Bender of Sugar Labs (the novel
> interface for One Laptop Per Child) thanks to Edward Cherlin and discuss
> working together.
> Thank you to all who gave answers at our survey
> http://www.worknets.org/survey/ This was a very impressive part of my
> presentation to Stephen Wolfram and all at the NKS Summer School!
> Ricardo, I suggest that we design a survey of our participants in Africa,
> India etc. regarding their access to the Internet and the computers. And
> then based on that we consider the variants so that is driven more by our
> participants situations rather than the technology. And then find leaders
> for each situation and consider the technology that they might help us try
> Andrius Kulikauskas
> Minciu Sodas
> +1 312 618 3345
> Hi Andrius
> Is it possible for us to have a phone call some time this week about the
> way forward for Includer development? I can call you. If so, when is a
> good day and time for you? The UK is 8 hours ahead of San Francisco at the
> My diary is free nearly all this week, except for a chat with William
> Wambura from Uyoga from 9 to 11 UK time on Monday.
> You may have seen a few recent postings I made in learnhowtolearn, saying
> I've been working on PDA-based Includers.
> I've also added these updates to Worknets. Could you look at them before
> we chat please? They are works in progress. I still need to add some info
> to them. :-
> PDA Inlcuder based on a Palm Z22 + Targus Infrared keyboard...
> USB SyncBox flash drive copier, useful for Sneakernets and local File
> I'd like to discuss which types of Includer to concenrate on,
> team-building and setting up some online working area or website.
> It could show the development-status of each design, with 'Reviews' in a
> consistant style, like a magazine review or user-feedback :-
> List of parts
> Good/Bad points
> What you can/can't do with it
> What sort of 'ecosystem' each design needs to work in
> Alternative products i.e. cost/benefit versus buying something else/a
> different Includer
> This acts like a check-list, so we do the same analysis for each potential
> design. We could fill in pages for Includer designs we have thought of so
> far. Then we stand back and see which designs we want to pursue first. We
> can chat about whether to work on a single design for a start or work on 2
> or 3 in parallel. Working on a single design at a time a) Keeps the labour
> and cost down, and b) Reduces confusion by only talking about one variant
> at a time. We can discuss whether there are any advantages to doing 2 or 3
> in parallel.
> The main thing to discuss is who does the work and how it's organised.
> Let me know a good day and time for you please.
> Bye for now.
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