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[Crosspost from ] Medical Assistance in Dying: A Symptom, Not the Cause We all have a responsibility to care for one another, whether we openly acknowledge it or not. Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) exists to give people control over their destiny when they are in unbearable pain and see no other solution. If issues like preventable poverty are pushing people to seek MAID, the answer isn't to get rid of MAID. Instead, we should focus on addressing and eliminating these types of suffering, which can often be easily corrected.  In Canada, medical assistance in dying (MAID) has proven deeply controversial. Some disabled and impoverished individuals, despairing at their situations, have opted for MAID to end their suffering (Downie & Schuklenk, 2021). This has led some to argue MAID represents a failure of society's duty of care and threatens the vulnerable (Downie & Schuklenk, 2021). However, a close examination of Canada's MAID fram

Consciousness and AI

Philosophical discussions seem to center on disagreements about definitions, which are arbitrary. What does it mean to be conscious? From 'Conscious is a Latin word whose original meaning was “knowing" or "aware.” So a conscious person has an awareness of her environment and her own existence and thoughts. If you're "self-conscious," you're overly aware and even embarrassed by how you think you look or act.' Recent discussions about AI and consciousness can be confusing because they often ask questions about things that aren't well-defined. Let's look at it more simply: Consciousness as Awareness: I understand consciousness as awareness of myself. I am conscious when I'm awake and when I'm dreaming. When I'm asleep without dreams or sedated, I'm unconscious. We Are Simulators: We often put ourselves into our own thoughts and dreams, like being in a dream within a dream. Sometimes it feels so real we don't

Repeal Canada's Online News Act

The Online News Act Threatens Innovation and Access to Information The Canadian government recently passed the controversial Online News Act (Bill C-18) which seeks to aid journalism organizations at the expense of undermining the open web. The notion that we should be collectively supporting a traditional news industry is dubious at best. The act takes a concerning approach of mandating that platforms like Meta pay licensing fees for linking to news content. This raises issues of cost, access, fairness, and innovation online. Even if we deem it advisable for the public to support it, there are better solutions for journalism that do not jeopardize the web.  Paywalls Could Limit Access and Shareability of News The act incentivizes paywalls by requiring compensation for snippets and links, which have traditionally been considered fair use (Geist, 2023). More paywalled content limits access to information that benefits society (Boudry, et al., 2019). This counters the web’s core value of

Reveal Hidden Window

One of the many annoying problems that crop up from time to time in Windows is the disappearance of a window. It shows on the Taskbar and <WindowsKey><Tab> will show it should be there somewhere. I've not had time to try this on another type of window since I finally tracked down a solution trying to get back consoles where I was right in the middle of working. One of the particularly annoying things about stuff like this is the conflation of the problem with something entirely different so that everywhere you go you find a solution to what is not your problem and not the problem being asked elsewhere but since the people answering only have a hammer everything is a nail. Whatever. In this instance the fix was the following sequence of steps: Click the icon for the missing window on the Taskbar Right click on the Window Icon that appears.  Click on Properties At least in this case, a properties dialog will appear underneath which is the now magically revealed Window. 

Next Steps for Education System Reboot

Here are detailed discussions and next steps for each point in the post about  Student Centered AI Enhanced Principles 1.         Inherent Worth and Dignity Every student has inherent worth that deserves respect, regardless of background, ability, or identity (Rogers, 1980). This principle of human dignity must be the ethical foundation for education (Noddings, 2016). Each child arrives with unique experiences, strengths, needs and perspectives that enrich classrooms (Gay, 2018). An education system built on dignity embraces neurodiversity, honors multiculturalism, and nurtures self-esteem. Next Steps: Implement culturally sustaining pedagogy that affirms students' backgrounds (Paris & Alim, 2017) Universal design and inclusion support neurodiverse learning needs (Meyer et al., 2014) Social-emotional learning (SEL) teaches self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills (CASEL, 2022). 2.         AI-Driven Personalized Learning AI can provide ongoing assessment to enable

Student-Centered, AI-Enhanced Manifesto

I am working on an update to my post about how Our Education System is Broken . This is a second draft of a manifesto that outlines what we could do to fix it. Update note: This document, titled 'Education Reimagined,' is intended to lay down the foundational principles that will frame a larger and evolving discussion about the future of education. While the term 'manifesto' has been used to describe it, reflecting its true dictionary definition as a declaration of intentions, it is recognized that this word may be seen as provocative to some readers. Please know that the intent here is not to provoke but to inspire and engage in meaningful dialogue. If the term 'manifesto' is a barrier, you may choose to view this as a 'statement of underlying principles' that seeks to bring together diverse perspectives in shaping an education system that respects and nurtures the individuality and potential of every learner. Education Reimagined: A Student-Centered, A