PodMiners (or blockchain + podcast / radio industry). More than just that (language teaching/preservation, scientific knowledge promotion/distribution, social impact and more)
PodMiners (or blockchain + podcast / radio industry). More than just that (language teaching/preservation, scientific knowledge promotion/distribution, social impact and more)

By alexbiojs | Scientific | 28 Oct 2019


(Image was taken from PodMiners whitepaper)

In this post I’d like to discuss the impact PodMiners might have on our society.

 

Language teaching/preservation

Users at PodMiners can upload their content in different languages. Also PodMiners partnered with TranslateMe (organization which is going to try to translate the Internet by combining translation industry with blockchain technology and human power with computers). This partnership will potentially allow PodMiners content to be available on more than 6,500 languages. Thus, content created on PodMiners will serve as an incredibly useful material for language learners. What’s more, PodMiners will help to preserve languages. And it’s important to keep the language diversity because

To have a second language is to have a second soul

[source]

Being a part of the environment and our culture, languages shape the way we think [1].

Hence, to have a more flexible way of thinking, we need to learn different languages.

There’re more than 7,110 languages spoken across the world [2].

We're losing about one language a week, and by some estimates, half of the world's languages will be gone in the next hundred years.

[source]

Audio/video-records and their transcripts help us to preserve phonetic, lexicological and grammatical aspects of our languages.

 

Scientific knowledge promotion/distribution

In order to succeed in life, it’s important to be as close to reality as possible.

Jacque Fresco said once that it is information that is closer to reality.

It’s science which is the most reliable source of information.

Being a medium for free and independent communication to global audiences, podcasts might help with scientific knowledge distribution among human population.

According to the findings of the study done by MacKenzie et al, there were 952 science podcasts in English available between January and February 2018. The study showed that the total number of science podcast series grew linearly between 2004 and 2010, and exponentially between 2010 and 2018.

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(Image source)

 

It was found that the majority of science podcasts series (34%) were devoted to general science, i.e. that which focus on different scientific topics. The rest of them were devoted mostly to physics and astronomy (18%), and biology (14%) [3].

In the previous post devoted to educational potential of PodMiners I mentioned the study which showed that podcasts are helpful at educating inner-city African-American men about diabetes prevention [4].

Also there were a number of other investigations mentioned in that post showing that podcasts represent a great supplementary material for educational purposes.

Based on these observations we may conclude that podcasts (and PodMiners) might serve as a great way for science communication to the global audience.

To familiarize yourself with science podcasts examples, you can visit Science Podcast Database added to the study about science podcasts as a supplementary material. 

Social impact

The great thing about PodMiners is that, according to their website, they are going to care about betterment of society and aim to focus on the women and child empowerment. So, PodMiners users will participate in making this world a better place for all together. That better world, in its turn, will help PodMiners to grow. In particular, PodMiners will help with providing children primary education, books, uniforms, getting practical knowledge of the computer, and food, medical services, clothes in cases of disasters. For more information, please, visit http://ico.podminers.com/

 

Also I’d like to mention that according to World Health Organization

Globally, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision impairment.
 With regards to distance vision, 188.5 million people have mild vision impairment, 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment, and 36 million people are blind (1).

[source [5]]

And PodMiners might help them to acquire knowledge by providing educational materials in the form of podcasts.

Possibly, podcasts will also help some people to preserve their sight, as you use your ears to listen to them and don’t depend on the day light availability.

 

So, as you can see, we have enough motivation to use PodMiners.

 

Other posts of this series:

PodMiners (or blockchain + podcast / radio industry). General overview

PodMiners (or blockchain + podcast / radio industry). Podcasting in education. Efficacy and attitude towards the podcasts

 

References

1. Lera Boroditsky on Ted Talks

2. How many languages are there in the world?

3. MacKenzie LE. Science podcasts: analysis of global production and output from 2004 to 2018. R Soc Open Sci. 2019;6(1):180932. Published 2019 Jan 9. doi:10.1098/rsos.180932

4. Johnson J, Ross L, Iwanenko W, Schiffert J, Sen A. Are podcasts effective at educating African American men about diabetes?. Am J Mens Health. 2012;6(5):365–367. doi:10.1177/1557988312444717

5. Blindness and vision impairment

 

Links to PodMiners on different media:

ICO WEBSITE: http://ico.podminers.com/

WEBSITE: https://podminers.com
TELEGRAM: http://t.me/podminers
WHITEPAPER: http://ico.podminers.com/content/whitepaper.pdf
BITCOINTALK: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5183955.0
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/podminers
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/PodMiners
MEDIUM: https://medium.com/podminers
REDDIT: https://www.reddit.com/r/PodMiners
LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/podminers
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/podminers_official

 

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In order to increase the audience, this post was published today on Steemit, Narrative and PALNet

 


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