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The Distortion Machine

Author(s): Albin Wallace

Book Description

Our diet of online films, music, books and news has created a new type of consumerism; one where virtuality and disposability are on the rise and have become the norm. At the same time, our personal data are mined to ensure our wants and needs are met quickly and efficiently by online robots. With the rise of commercially affordable virtual reality, a new type of hyper-reality may be upon us. We are unsure what this means for our sense of what is real and what is certain. We are entering a new era of transhumanism with the rise of assistive, implanted, robotic devices and the emergence of nanotechnology. We try to negotiate this changing landscape and understand what this may mean for the next generations of children and young people, and the role of schools in making sense of this all. This book examines the social, technical and educational implications of a society where hyper-reality, artificial intelligence and robotics may be at the centre of the new online spaces that will surely further shape us into an unknown future.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0648-0
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0648-7
Date of Publication: 01/04/2018
Pages / Size: 104 / A5
Price: £58.99


Albin Wallace came to the United Kingdom from Australia in 2000 as learning technologies manager of an education action zone. He has extensive experience in supporting schools, teachers and senior leaders in digital technology strategy. Between 2003 and 2016 he was a senior executive director in two multi-academy trusts. Albin is a Fellow of the RSA and the British Computer Society. He has a doctorate in education from the University of Sheffield where his thesis was on the formal and informal uses of the internet for learning. He has also spoken at a large number of international education conferences. He is the founder and CEO of Skybleu Research Ltd, a company providing independent educational services in the UK and internationally. His previous book “Coherence of the Inchoate” was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2012.