EdTechSR Ep 288 Beware IoT Firmware

Welcome to episode 288 (“Beware IoT Firmware”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 5, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer@mastodon.cloud) discussed the potential of AI and chatbots to deliver on the promise of intelligent personal assistants, and the importance of cybersecurity when purchasing Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The conversation addressed the recent TikTok ban in Montana and the importance of protecting privacy and consumer rights, with careful regulation and legislation being necessary. The hosts also discussed media literacy, social media platforms adopting paid subscriptions, and the need to regulate the use of AI to protect privacy. The potential dangers of using AI in research and education and the concerns surrounding the development of artificial general intelligence were also highlighted. Jason and Wes discussed the increasing prevalence of AI and encouraged educators to embrace it in the classroom, citing a recent blog post by Bill Gates and the impressive test scores achieved by chatGPT4. However, they acknowledged that some educators may feel apprehensive towards AI, and suggested conducting surveys or conversations to gauge their sentiments. They also discussed the positive and negative impacts of technology in education and mentioned an upcoming webinar on AI and blended learning. The hosts concluded by sharing their “Geeks of the Week” and reminded listeners to check out their podcast on various platforms. The 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. This edited video / podcast summary was initially generated by AI using www.summarize.tech. Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter and @edtechsr@mastodon.education on Mastodon 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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  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: @wfryer@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @wfryer ) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Open garage doors anywhere in the world by exploiting this “smart” device (ArsTechnica, 4 April 2023)
  10. Wyze Cam flaw lets hackers remotely access your saved videos (Bleeping Computer; 29 March 2022)
  11. Google C.E.O. Sundar Pichai on Bard, A.I. ‘Whiplash’ and Competing With ChatGPT (Hard Fork podcast, 31 March 2023)
  12. ChatGPT banned in Italy over privacy concerns (BBC News, 1 April 2023)
  13. The chatbot era: Better or worse off? (Seattle Times, 31 March 2023)
  14. An A.I.-Generated Picture Won an Art Prize. Artists Aren’t Happy. (NYTimes, 2 Sept 2023) 🎁Link
  15. Midjourney’s AI Platform Blocks Images of Chinese President, Sparking Ethics Debate (Decrypt, 3 April 2023)
  16. Midjourney Kills Free AI Image Generator Access After Explosion of Deep Fakes (Decrypt, 30 March 2023)
  17. The Age of AI has begun (Gates Notes; 21 March 2023)
  18. What Makes A.I. Chatbots Go Wrong? (The New York Times; 29 March 2023) 🎁Link
  19. OpenAI threatened with landmark defamation lawsuit over ChatGPT false claims [Updated] (ArsTechnica, 5 April 2023)
  20. Samsung Fab Workers Leak Confidential Data While Using ChatGPT (Toms Hardware, 3 April 2023)
  21. The swagged-out pope is an AI fake — and an early glimpse of a new reality (The Verge, 27 March 2023)
  22. Musk expands feud with media by labeling NPR Twitter account “state-affiliated” (ArsTechnica, 5 Apr 2023)
  23. Hollywood, music industry brace for a TikTok ban (Washington Post; 25 March 2023) 🎁Link
  24. Is your Facebook account worth $12 a month? Meta rolls out subscription program (ArsTechnica, 20 Feb 2023)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Digital Learning Collaborative Webinar on AI
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Media Literacy Lessons (April 2023) and New Lessons from TIP Teachers MisInformation Day 2023Convert MOVs to GIFs via Adobe Express
  27. Episode show art created with StarryAI.com
Hacking Home WebCam” (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer

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