This is an interesting story, and not because of the scale of the project, nor its goals. Its interesting because it will put the onus of learning back on the functions of speaking, story-telling, and recall – and not in rote remembrances.
It makes me wonder then – with this attention to putting much of what we do and know into a digital form, will story-telling reemerge as the primary agent for learning and passing down knowledge?
And I mean that from the perspective that when we think of learning now, its about what can be pulled from a book to be put into another book. Not really the side of life that says “what are the threads and how does your story relate to this thread?”
Then again, this could be nothing at all. The move of entire libraries into digital will make it more important that we have matured congnative skills so that we can search, reorganize, and repurpose information – rather than just recalling it. And learning is indeed going this direction – I’m simply wondering if in this move to search/reorganize/repurpose, that we are in-effect putting ourselves back at the point of oral learning methods and traditions that we currently deem as antiquated?
Could the past be a more effective future in such a view?