EdTechSR Ep 293 AI’s Ethical Implications

Welcome to episode 293 (“AI’s Ethical Implications”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 10, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer@mastodon.cloud) discuss the use of remote workers to improve generative AI tools such as ChatGPT. Although these tools require human intervention to provide feedback and improve error outputs, the use of often underpaid workers in developing countries raises ethical concerns. The hosts also explore potential AI tools for grading and providing specific feedback to students and the limitations of these tools. They also look at the implications of AI technology on children and the challenges it poses to teachers and parents. They discuss the integration of Chat GPT into Microsoft and Google Search, the limitations of human creativity, and the importance of precise and accurate directions to AI systems. In addition, Jason and Wes discuss the recent cyberattack by Kremlin-based hackers, Turla or Snake, on various countries’ communications and critical infrastructure. This attack was successfully countered by US Security Forces using a solution comparable to Stuxnet. The importance of multi-factor authentication (MFA) in cybersecurity was emphasized, and other security measures like zero trust principles, identity governance, and secure MFA enrollment were recommended to decrease the risk of loss. The hosts also highlighted the use of Pass Key Only by tech companies like Google and Microsoft and recommended the use of physical keys to log in, especially for high-level targets, to avoid hacking. Useful resources for educators were also shared in the Geek of the Week segment. (AI Attribution: This podcast / video summary was initially generated with summarize.tech and slightly edited.) 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. 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: @neif@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: @wfryer@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @wfryer ) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Edtech Chegg tumbles as ChatGPT threat prompts revenue warning (Reuters, 2 May 2023)
  10. [PODCAST] I Was There When: AI reached a crossroads on with Gary Marcus (#InMachinesWeTrust, 26 April 2023)
  11. ChatGPT is powered by a hidden army of contractors making $15 per hour (TechSpot; 8 Mat 2023)
  12. Next Level Prompting Strategy: Ethan Mollick (via Twitter) Plan-and-Solve Prompting: Improving Zero-Shot Chain-of-Thought Reasoning by Large Language Models (ARXIV)
  13. Can Artificial Intelligence Help Mitigate Grading Bias? (Government Technology; 8 May 2023)
  14. The Future Isn’t Prompt Engineering (Ethan Mollick, Twitter; 6 May 2023)
  15. OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic (Time, 18 Jan 2023)
  16. AI machines aren’t ‘hallucinating’. But their makers are (Guardian – Naomi Klein, 8 May 2023)
  17. Secret Room Inside Popular Game (Counter Strike) Contains Independent Journalism about Ukraine Russia War (hs.fi, May 2023?)
  18. Call Me Maybe (Made by Google Podcast; 10 April 2023)
  19. Announcing the next wave of AI innovation with Microsoft Bing and Edge (Microsoft Blog; 4 May 2023)
  20. Has Multi-Factor Authentication Failed Us? (PC Magazines; 26 April 2023)
  21. How one of Vladimir Putin’s most prized hacking units got pwned by the FBI (ArsTechnica, 10 May 2023)
  22. Passwordless Google accounts are here—you can now switch to passkey-only (ArsTechnica, 10 May 2023)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: edtechbooks.org
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Simple Signage App (works with AppleTV, JAMF & Google Slides!) – Wes’ ChatGPT Stories Wakelet
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EdTech Situation Room Episode 99

Welcome to episode 99 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 19, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed advice for attendees of the upcoming 2018 ISTE Conference, the AI robot debater from IBM, Facebook and social media privacy settings, and poor home wifi router security. Wes shared a weekly dose of cyberattack doom and gloom (shout out to NPR Fresh Air and their recent interview with author David E. Sanger) and highlighted Apple’s decision to make it harder for border customs officials to quickly copy data off of traveler’s iPhones. Microsoft’s announced purchase of Flipgrid, the demise of freemium platforms Padlet and Tenmarks, and the emergence of “Minecraft Story Mode” remote control game/story videos on Netflix were also highlighted. Jason shared an update on the ZigZag Podcast mentioned last week, and also highlighted two Android apps: Android Messages (now includes a desktop version) and Datally to gain more insight into your smartphone use habits. (Or perhaps addictions). Geeks of the Week included the Adobe Spark App’s port to Android OS, and the “Caliphate Podcast” series from the New York Times. A shout out to Peggy George, the PhotoMyne app, and the Classroom 2.0 Live Bucket List Google Sheet of apps and websites from last Saturday’s show rounded out this 99th episode of EdTechSR. We will NOT have a show next week, but may squeeze in a July 4th show on a day other than Wednesday that week. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter for updates. Stay safe and stay saavy, friends!


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Tweets from #ISTE18 and #NOTATISTE
  9. What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans (Verge, 18 June 2018)
  10. Known Unknowns (Harpers Magazine, July 2018)
  11. Find Out What Google and Facebook Know About You (Baratunde Thurston via Medium; 4 June 2018)
  12. A New Tech Manifesto (Baratunde Thurston via Medium; 4 June 2018)
  13. HowToGDPR.me (what social media sites store about you and how to change settings)
  14. Your Wi-Fi Security Is Probably Weak. Here’s How to Fix That (New York Times; 13 June 2018)
  15. Journalist Warns Cyber Attacks Present A ‘Perfect Weapon’ Against Global Order (NPR, 19 June 2018)
  16. Apple to undercut popular law-enforcement tool for cracking iPhones (Reuters, 13 June 2018)
  17. Microsoft buys edtech startup Flipgrid and makes the video discussion tool free for all schools (GeekWire, 18 June 2018)
  18. Padlet’s Price Update Riles Teachers, Raises Questions About Sustainability of Freemium Models (EdSurge, 5 April 2018)
  19. After Amazon’s TenMarks shuts down, what then for K-12 schools and Amazon? (GeekWire, 2 April 2018)
  20. E3 2018: Telltale Making Stranger Things Game As Minecraft Heads To Netflix (GameSpot, 14 June 2018)
  21. Netflix won’t stream real games, but EA, Google, and Microsoft will (VentureBeat, 13 June 2018)
  22. No, Netflix isn’t going to stream a Minecraft video game (CNet, 13 June 2018)
  23. Netflix Sets ‘Stranger Things’ Game, Interactive ‘Minecraft’ Show in Deal With Telltale Games (Variety, 13 June 2018)
  24. ZigZag Podcast
  25. How to text from your computer with Android Messages (The Verge; 19 June 2018)
  26. Google’s data-saving app can now set daily limits and show a map of nearby Wi-Fi networks (The Verge; 18 June 2018)
  27. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Adobe Spark on Android… finally! and Datally
  28. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Caliphate Podcast by NYT
  29. Shout out to Peggy George: PhotoMyne and Classroom 2.0 Live Bucket List Google Sheet!

EdTech Situation Room Episode 55

Welcome to episode 55 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 7, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week while Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment in Sweden, special guest Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod) joined Wes Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss cyberattacks in Qatar and the Middle East, new iPad features announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in California, and the possible legal limits on public figures to block followers on social media platforms like Twitter. They also discussed a new book by CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna, insights into the rise of our artificial intelligence golden age from Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, and students admitted to Harvard denied admission over inappropriate Internet memes shared over social media. Geeks of the Week included Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 presentation (355 slides!) by Scott and Story Map (including a Story Map of 2017 Terrorist attacks) by Wes. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows!


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  6. Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod) – blog: dangerouslyirrelevant.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. [VIDEO] Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2017 in 7 Minutes (MacRumors, 5 June 2017)
  9. Apple Beefs Up iMac and MacBook Lines, Teases the iMac Pro (TidBits, 6 June 2017)
  10. Three potential motives behind the tension between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours via @AnupKaphle (Middle East Eye, 6 June 2017)
  11. Twitter users blocked by Trump seek reprieve, citing First Amendment (New York Times, 6 June 2017)
  12. Trump’s not the only one blocking constituents on Twitter (ProPublica, 7 June 2017)
  13. Restrictions eased for federal agencies that use Twitter, blogs, wikis (NYTimes, April 2010)
  14. [VIDEO] Google’s Great AI Awakening: We didn’t even know we hired the best AI Scientists in Google (Interview with Eric Schmidt, RSA Conference, May 2, 2017, 40 min)
  15. One of Crispr’s Creators Faces Her Fears (Bloomberg, 1 June 2017)
  16. Harvard rescinds offers to incoming freshmen over hateful memes (CNN, 5 June 2017)
  17. Amazon refunding $70M of kids’ unauthorized in-app purchases (ArsTechnica, 31 May 2017)
  18. The disappearing computer (Recode, 25 May 2017)
  19. The Internet of Things connectivity binge: What are the implications? (Pew Research Center, 6 June 2017)
  20. Court: Dead daughter’s parents have no right to access her Facebook account (ArsTechnica, 31 May 2017)
  21. Trump Lies. China Thrives. (NYTimes, Tom Friedman, 7 June 2017)
  22. Scott’s Geek of the Week: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 presentation (355 slides!) (KPCB, 31 May 2017)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Story Maps (Example: 2017 Terrorist Attacks)