EdTechSR Ep 311 AI’s Evolving Landscape

Welcome to episode 311 (“AI’s Evolving Landscape”) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 29, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week, Dr. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Dr. Wesley Fryer (wesfryer.com/after) explored a range of topics primarily centered around the evolving world of artificial intelligence. Key discussions included the latest advancements in AI and their implications for both education and broader societal contexts. The episode delved into the ethical considerations of AI deployment, particularly focusing on transparency and ethical AI use. An interesting segment covered how AI is revolutionizing traditional sectors, like weather forecasting, providing more accurate and timely predictions. Additionally, the conversation turned to practical applications of AI in everyday life, such as the development of AI-powered tools for crafting more effective emails. The hosts also discussed the importance of local AI models and their potential to offer customized solutions tailored to specific regional needs and contexts. In the “Geeks of the Week” segment, Dr. Neiffer and Dr. Fryer shared their latest tech finds and recommendations, highlighting tools and resources that leverage AI in innovative ways. These included LM Studio (for running Large Language Models locally,) Wes’ “Dear John” letter abandoning Twitter at least, and the upcoming MediaEd Forum (online conference) in mid-January 2024.  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. Sam Altman fired as CEO of OpenAI (The Verge; 17 November 2023)
  10. Sam Altman to return as OpenAI CEO (Axios; 22 November 2023)
  11. Ethan Mollock on the Status of Models
  12. Introducing Claude 2.1 (Anthropic; 21 November 2023)
  13. AI’s Spicy-Mayo Problem (The Atlantic; 24 November 2023)
  14. AI outperforms conventional weather forecasting for the first time: Google study (ArsTechnica, 14 Nov 2023)
  15. Can Chatbots Help You Build a Bioweapon? (Foreign Affairs, 5 Nov 2023)
  16. YouTube cracks down on synthetic media with AI disclosure requirement (ArsTechnica, 15 Nov 2023)
  17. Podcast Recc: Decentralizing Innovation, with Techdirt’s Mike Masnick https://pca.st/xk7j0ntn 
  18. Sports Illustrated’s use of AI infuriates a staff already in turmoil (Washington Post, 28 Nov 2023) #GiftLink
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: LM Studio
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Meet Me on Mastodon (My “Dear John Letter” to Twitter) and 17th MediaEd Forum (formerly the Northeast Media Literacy Conference) on Friday & Saturday, January 12-13, 2024
EdTechSR Ep 311 AI’s Evolving Landscape” (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer

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