EdTechSR Ep 286 Mom Isn’t Calling

Welcome to episode 286 (“Mom Isn’t Calling”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 22, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer@mastodon.cloud) discussed the ongoing impacts of artificial intelligence / AI including ChatGPT, the release of Minecraft for Chromebooks by Microsoft, the challenges to actors and voice actors posted by corporate contracts in the age of AI-powered voice creation, and the pending copyright / intellectual property case involving the Internet Archive and publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Wiley, and Penguin Random House. AI-faked images of Donald Trump’s arrest, a new interview with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and AI voice scams tricking people into believing their loved ones are calling in crisis and need help were also explored. The fate of the pirate eBook site Z-Library and the resignation of an FCC appointee because of a deluge of personal attacks on social media were discussed. Geeks of the Week included the uber-powerful package tracking website 17Track, and a wonderful new post by Steven B Johnson about lessons to be learned from historical innovation mistakes. (ChatGPT and other AI tools were NOT used for this week’s podcast summary, btw!) Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links. Stay savvy and safe!


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  7. Jason Neiffer (Mastodon: @neif@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: @wfryer@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @wfryer ) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Now for sale: Data on your mental health (Washington Post; 13 February 2023) – 🎁Link
  10. AI-faked images of Donald Trump’s imagined arrest swirl on Twitter (ArsTechnica, 21 March 2023)
  11. Sam Altman (English WikiPedia)
  12. Sam Altman Interview Video: OpenAI CEO, CTO on risks and how AI will reshape society
  13. Transcending Political Polarization (Wes Fryer, 21 March 2023)
  14. Google’s new AI chatbot seems boring. Maybe that’s the point. (Vox, 22 March 2023)
  15. “GPTs are GPTs: An Early Look at the Labor Market Impact Potential of Large Language Models,” ARXIV/Cornell University; 23 March 2023
  16. Chat-GPT Pretended to Be Blind and Tricked a Human Into Solving a CAPTCHA (Gizmodo; 16 March 2023)
  17. Thousands scammed by AI voices mimicking loved ones in emergencies (ArsTechnica, 6 March 2023)
  18. Technology Fear Therapy | Wesley Fryer | TEDxUCO
  19. Stop Source-Shaming: Acknowledge Wikipedia in the research process (American Libraries, 1 Sept 2021)
  20. ‘Disrespectful to the Craft:’ Actors Say They’re Being Asked to Sign Away Their Voice to AI (Motherboard by Vice; 7 February 2023)
  21. Microsoft releases Minecraft for Chromebooks. Who needs the metaverse? (About Chromebooks / Kevin C Toefel, 15 March 2023)
  22. Hachette v. Internet Archive (EFF, date unclear?)
  23. Pirate e-book site Z-Library is back from the dead (Silicon Republic, 14 Feb 2023)
  24. Biden FCC nominee withdraws, blaming cable lobby and “unlimited dark money“ (ArsTechnica, 7 March 2023)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 17 Track
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “The Brilliant Inventor Who Made Two of History’s Biggest Mistakes” by #stevenbjohnson #GiftLink http://wfryer.me/43w 
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