Ive been discussing this for a few years too, though not as much as you have. Im glad to know people that have a keen enough eye and enough attention and dedication to spotting out and working with these kinds of things. I’ve been contemplating ways that a person can submit what they think they know for grading and recording somewhere. I think this might be one of the top ten most important pieces of the infrastructure in the way forward to a progressively better world. Like you write, “If billions of humans could become “addicted” to learning in the same way that some are said to be “addicted” to computer games, our civilization would experience a rapid transformation in a mere few years.”
This reminds me of a badge like system for encouraging action too. Years ago, Ask Jeeves had a forum where many of the questions that people asked Jeeves would be sent for forum participants to answer. They would review 10 of your answers every so often and if 8 or more, I believe it was, were satisfactory then they would award the person participation stars by the week, month, year, lifetime, and maybe others but I forget all the details. We would fight for them and dedicate ourselves to answering as many questions well as we could. A system like this, it seems, has to be created for things like Facebook pages and groups. If people can be awarded for their participation then I am certain that activism and doing right and spreading great information and discussions will go through the roof.
By Eric Schulke on Mar 10, 2013 at 2:20pm
Thank you for your comment! I am hopeful that life-extension initiatives (perhaps MILE itself) would be able to incorporate this idea in getting more people informed (both in terms of learning and in terms of activism). Perhaps educational modules and systems for taking action could be developed, with badges as rewards. Sites such as Credly and Badg.us have already arisen to provide ways for virtually anyone to create badges and award them based on specific qualification criteria.
By Gennady Stolyarov II on Mar 10, 2013 at 6:00pm
I find this article intriguing.
Is there any special significance or advantage in awarding badges to learners mastering certain field of knowledge and/or skills? Does getting a badge serve as intrinsic motivator?
If certificates or accreditation can be faked, why can’t badges?
Are badge awarders better educators and evaluators? (btt1943)
By venze on Mar 11, 2013 at 7:55pm
Greetings, venze, and thank you for your comment. The badges can indeed be intrinsic motivators, but there is more. The badges are transferable verifications of competency in particular areas, whose authenticity can be easily checked because of the metadata embedded in each badge. Yes, there may be attempts at fakery, but they will be more difficult to execute than simply writing a lie on a resume. Badge awarders will vary in their qualifications, but this is true of all educational and accrediting institutions today. Badges from more reputable issuers will carry more weight with other parties.
By Gennady Stolyarov II on Mar 12, 2013 at 7:03pm