EdTechSR Ep 302 AI Ethics Examined

Welcome to Episode 302 (“AI Ethics Examined”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 23, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week, Dr. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Dr. Wesley Fryer (wesfryer.com/after) discussed a variety of AI-related news stories and developments. They covered an Iowa school district’s controversial use of ChatGPT to identify books with sexual content, as well as concerns around the hacking of AI chatbots at the Defcon security conference. The hosts also talked about reconstructing songs from neural data, Dungeons & Dragons banning AI art, and the high costs associated with running AI models like ChatGPT. Jason and Wes further explored Apple’s stances on right-to-repair legislation, the company’s long history of planning for augmented reality headsets, and regulations in Europe and some US states aimed at curbing social media use and smartphone addiction among teenagers. In addition, they highlighted an upcoming floating workspaces feature in Chrome OS that could benefit classroom workflows. The episode wrapped up with the hosts sharing their “Geeks of the Week,” including an AI class offered by Jason’s school, using custom instructions to control ChatGPT’s verbosity, and a neurotechnology podcast that Wes recommended. The show was live-streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com. Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter and @edtechsr@mastodon.education on Mastodon for updates, and join LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can. All shownotes are available on edtechSR.com/links. AI Disclosure: An initial draft of this episode summary was generated using youtubetranscript.com and claude.ai, as well as options for our show title!


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  9. Montana Digital Academy offering new Artificial Intelligence course to high school students (KPAX; 16 August 2023)
  10. When Hackers Descended to Test A.I., They Found Flaws Aplenty (New York Times; 16 August 2023) 🎁Link
  11. OpenAI may have to wipe ChatGPT and start over (Boy Genius Report; 18 August 2023)
  12. Dungeons & Dragons tells illustrators to stop using AI to generate artwork for fantasy franchise (AP, 6 Aug 2023)
  13. Music can be reconstructed from human auditory cortex activity using nonlinear decoding models (Plos Biology, 15 Aug 2023)
  14. An Iowa school district is using ChatGPT to decide which books to ban (ArsTechnica, 16 Aug 2023)
  15. Using Generative AI to Resurrect the Dead Will Create a Burden for the Living (Wired, 21 Aug 2023)
  16. ChatGPT costs $700,000 daily, maker may go bankrupt in 2024: Report (Business Standard, 13 Aug 2023)
  17. The new ‘Floating Workspace’ feature is finally beginning to show up in ChromeOS Canary (Chrome Unboxed; 21 August 2023)
  18. Google opens eSignature beta for Google Docs and Google Drive (TechCrunch; 9 August 2023)
  19. Surprise: Apple now supports California’s right-to-repair (The Verge; 23 August 2023)
  20. Apple has been working on Vision Pro since the first iPhone launched (9 to 5 Mac; 23 August 2023)
  21. NASCAR driver Noah Gragson suspended from racing due to social media conduct (CNN, 5 Aug 2023)
  22. The EU wants to cure your teen’s smartphone addiction (Politico, 16 Aug 2023)
  23. Bill Simmons, Alex Cooper, Emma Chamberlain and 36 More on The Future of Podcasting (Hollywood Reporter, 21 Aug 2023)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: “Custom Instructions” from Reddit 
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “What Is The Internet” playlist – Student YouTubers – Oloigies [PODCAST] Neurotechnology (AI + BRAIN TECH) with Nita Farahany
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