EdTechSR Ep 289 Arkansas Social Media

Welcome to episode 289 (“Arkansas Social Media”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 12, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer@mastodon.cloud) discussed the ongoing controversy over Twitter’s labeling (and mis-labeling) of media companies (like NPR) as “state propaganda,” the sweeping minimum age limit for social media use in Arkansas, and a series of AI related podcast episode recommendations. These included Hard Fork, In Machines We Trust, and the Cortex Podcast. The New York Police Department’s announcement about its embrace of robotic police assistants, predicted job impacts for AI, and the prospect of AI moving from generative art creation platforms to world destruction. New subscription fees for Google and ADT home security systems and slumping Apple hardware sales were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included the AI note taking platform Memoable, the Podcast series “The Last Soviet,” the Media Education Lab’s “AI in Education” series, and Amy Webb’s SXSW 2023 Emerging Tech presentation. (No AI generated video summary this week!) 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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  7. Jason Neiffer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@neif – Twitter: @techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@wfryer Twitter: @wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Elon Musk Decides NPR Is Not State Propaganda After All (Gizmodo, 9 Apr 2023)
  10. NPR quits Twitter after being falsely labeled as ‘state-affiliated media’ (NPR; 12 April 2023)
  11. Arkansas governor signs sweeping bill imposing a minimum age limit for social media usage (CNN Business; 12 April 2023)
  12. PBS Joins NPR in Quitting Twitter Over State-Backed Label (Bloomberg, 12 Apr 2023)
  13. NYPD robocops: Hulking, 400-lb robots will start patrolling New York City (ArsTechnica, 12 Apr 2023)
  14. A.I. Vibe Check With Ezra Klein + Kevin Tries Phone Positivity (Hard Fork; 7 April 2023)
  15. Generating creativity (In Machines We Trust; 5 April 2023)
  16. Jobs lost, jobs gained: What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages (McKinsey & Company; 28 November 2017)
  17. #134: AI Art Will Make Marionettes Of Us All Before It Destroys The World (Cortex Podcast, 19 Oct 2023)
  18. Google and ADT have a new security system with lots of subscription fees (ArsTechnica, 29 March 2023)
  19. Analysts say Mac sales are down 40% as post-pandemic PC sales slump continues (ArsTechnica, 10 April 2023)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Memoable
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Podcast series: “The Last Soviet” – “AI in the Classroom” webinar series from the Media Education Lab – Amy Webb Launches 2023 Emerging Tech Trend Report | SXSW 2023
Arkansas” (CC BY 2.0) by Gamma Man

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