When your ideas seem inadequate, remember someone more expert at this, and imagine what that person would do.
comp.ai.philosophy), where he would explain or argue his views on AI with all comers regardless of their academic qualifications.
The mission of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child.
We need to develop better ways to answer the questions that kids are afraid to ask, like “What am I doing here, and why?”
You’re almost always pursuing goals.
One needs to learn not only what works, but also what to do when failure looms. I don’t like that tale of “The Little Engine that Could” with its helpless injunction to simply repeat “I think I can, I think I can.” A better motto would be to think “__perhaps it’s time to try something else__” because every setback can offer a chance for a new phase of mental development (essay 6).
The secret is in finding out how much can come from so few kinds of parts.
Until you understand something more than one way, you don’t really understand it.
- Quoted in Walter Bender, Charles Kane, Jody Cornish, and Neal Donahue, Learning to Change the World: The Social Impact of One Laptop Per Child (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
It’s also important to know multiple ways to represent things, so that if one method gets stuck, you can switch to another.
Human Minds think about what they’re thinking about. ... I’m convinced that these “self-reflective” processes are the principal ones that people use for developing new ways to think.