EdTechSR Ep 306 Multimodal AI: Ethical Dilemmas

Welcome to episode 306 (“Multimodal AI: Ethical Dilemmas”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 27, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week, Dr. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Dr. Wesley Fryer (wesfryer.com/after) discussed a broad spectrum of topics at the intersection of technology and education. Key discussions included the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, particularly multimodal capabilities of ChatGPT and the ethical concerns surrounding technologies like Clearview AI. Jason Neiffer shared his insights on the iPhone 15 Pro, delving into its features and potential drawbacks. The episode also covered social media developments, notably Twitter’s Community Notes feature aimed at mitigating misinformation. Further, the hosts examined the integration of AI in various platforms, such as Google’s Bard and Microsoft’s recent projects, highlighting the swift progress and expansive potential of AI in everyday applications. Real-world perspectives were provided through Jason’s experiences with student groups and Wesley’s classroom interactions, offering practical viewpoints on technology usage. The episode wrapped up with the “Geeks of the Week” segment, with Wes sharing the Ezra Klein Show podcast from September 12, 2023, “America’s Top Librarian on the Rise of Book Bans, the Amazon Prime movie, “A Million Miles Away,” and Jason sharing the AI website TheresAnAIforThat.com. Our show was live-streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com. Please follow @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 a custom GPT on ChatGPT 4, as well as options for our show title! Stay savvy and safe!


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  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. ChatGPT update enables its AI to “see, hear, and speak,“ according to OpenAI (ArsTechnica, 25 Sept 2023)
  10. ChatGPT can now see, hear, and speak (OpenAI blog, 25 Sept 2023)
  11. Bard can now connect to your Google apps and services (Google Blog, 19 Sept 2023)
  12. AI Lie: Machines Don’t Learn Like Humans (And Don’t Have the Right To) (Tom’s Hardware, 13 Sept 2023)
  13. Clearview AI
  14. Breaking Bard + Who Owns Your Face? + Gamer News! (Hard Fork Podcast, 22 Sept 2023)
  15. Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It by Kashmir Hill
  16. The Technology Facebook and Google Didn’t Dare Release (NY Times, 9 Sept 2023)
  17. [VIDEO] documentary: Microsoft & OpenAI CEOs: Dawn of the AI Wars | The Circuit with Emily Chang (Bloomberg Originals, late August 2023)
    • featuring interviews with Sam Altman of OpenAI & Satya Nadella of Microsoft. “AI moving from auto-pilot to co-pilot. Do NOT trust any 1 company or person with this technology.” (24 minutes)
  18. Share: Michigan Virtuals AI Toolkit for Schools
  19. Jason’s AI Resources: http://halfpint.link/aibrief 
  20. Demo of LLM Claude 2 generating answers to a New York Regents test. (4 min)
  21. OMG Jason Bought an iPhone 15 Pro!
  22. iPhone 15 Pro’s overheating issues possibly explained and a fix is on the way (Macworld; 27 September 2023)
  23. “Community Notes” on X / Twitter (A Good Example)
  24. Top librarian calls ‘Marxist lesbian’ tweet backlash ‘regrettable’ (NBC News, 7 Aug 2023)
  25. Ukrainian Drone Demo Thread (@saintjavelin, 18 Sept 2023)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: https://theresanaiforthat.com/ 
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week:  America’s Top Librarian on the Rise of Book Bans (Ezra Klein Show, 12 Sept 2023) – “A Million Miles Away” (Amazon Prime)
Multimodal AI: Ethical Dilemmas” (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer

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