AI: Going Nuclear for Energy

building water- and energy-hungry datacenters to fuel the AI boom comes at the expense of our already overburdened planet. . .the AI industry may require an energy breakthrough in fusion or another technology Read more via Futurism

AI Fears: Lacking Evidence, Part 1

In an online course I co-developed, an educator wrote via AI the following question: What are we so afraid of in education that would make us not embrace this new technology in order to educate the future leaders of our world? A quick aside: Wow, it’s been so long since I posted something …

On AI-Generated Content

I don’t disagree with this… For my own part, I see no problem with AI-generated content if it’s accurate, well-written, and not intended to deceive. Via Stephen Downes, Stephen’s Web, OLDaily

AI Leads to Lower Academic Performance, Procrastination, Memory Loss

Is it time to stop pushing AI in schools? Research study: excessive use of generative AI tools like ChatGPT can lead to procrastination, memory loss, and lower academic performance, according to a recent study that asked, “Is it harmful or helpful?” “Over-reliance on external sources, including …

AI Thinkers: Identifying Core Competencies

Photo Credit: Undisclosed colleague “Why should we use coconut-plant liners in metal baskets for hanging plants?” I did a double-take. “Why would you want to do that?” I asked. But then, I realized I really knew nothing about coconut plant liners. Why would anyone use them? …

Prelude to AI Thinkers

From my perspective, these were the best insights from a brilliant article. The article is Our Students’ Future in an AI-World is Debatable. The more I read these, the more I see a roadmap for becoming an AI Thinker, a topic I will have to explore in another blog entry. As I read I read the key …

AI and Audible

This is worrisome news…I love the audio stories via Audible, especially narrators like R.C. Bray and John Lee. I sincerely hope other narrators won’t lose their jobs. I understand why it is happening but sigh. In November, Amazon announced a tool that lets authors transform their eBooks into …

3-2-1: Med-Gemini #AI

“Could the problem be pleurisy?” I was standing at the emergency room of a local hospital chatting with an ER doctor. A family member had been suffering something that was driving her crazy and sent her to emergency room several times, causing for sleepless nights. “Yes, it could …

Technology in Schools: A Long History of Issues

Should we even be using AI given the negative impact on climate, the environment, on disadvantaged people? Or, as Helgztech put it so delicately: And you’re comfortable with exploiting the labor of those whose work was scraped to create the AI output? The unacknowledged writers and artists? …

AI at Work

despite many generative AI tools being readily accessible, most people don’t know how to apply them to their work. (source) Interesting. Maybe folks don’t want to use AI because it will learn about their work from the questions and context data they train it on. I have found people love AI …

Ruthlessly Evaluate Every Classroom Tech Tool

I love the title of this article by Jessica Grose: Every Tech Tool in the Classroom Should Be Ruthlessly Evaluated It makes me think of a gardener ruthlessly pruning roses in a garden, pulling out weeds, making space for growing things. Ok, that’s the extent of my gardening knowledge. …

AI: A Snake in the Academic Garden of Eden

That tempter of old has crept again into the garden offering forbidden knowledge, knowledge unearned and undeserved, once again. Tony Wan writes a wonderful article on the subject of AI, covering key points we must all remember as we rush to bite the apple from the tree of knowledge, forbidden …

Reputable? Yes! National Center for Science Education

In an upcoming blog entry on evolution attitudes changing, I cite some info from the National Center for Science Education. I ran into the group on Facebook, so I was curious as to whether it was a reputable organization. You might enjoy their Misconception of the Month. Prompt to AI: Is the …

AI Creators Are Not Responsible for What Harm May Result #AI #mgshare

Leonardo da Vinci failed, if he hoped to keep men and women in ships safe: … I do not publish nor divulge [methods of building submarines] by reason of the evil nature of men who would use them as means of destruction at the bottom of the sea, by sending ships to the bottom, and sinking them …

Slack Adds AI Features

Slack adds AI features… A quick summary via Perplexity recap: Recap Feature: Start your day informed with daily summaries of key channels. AI-Powered Search: Find answers and relevant messages quickly with smart search. Conversation Summaries: Click to catch up on threads—highlights and action …

AI Jobs: Adapt and Learn

Worth keeping Ruben Hassid’s assertion below in mind for AI…but what evidence is there he is right? Or wrong? Steam engines freaked out the strong. Printing presses put scribes out of business. Cars replaced horse-drawn carriages. Computers got rid of filing cabinets. Light bulbs switched off gas …

3-2-1: Parental Rights in Education

3 Ideas I. “Parental rights in education are essential for fostering a collaborative environment between families and schools, but they must be balanced with the educational standards and the rights of all students to receive a comprehensive education.” II. “The involvement of …

Generating Images with Perplexity Pro

I have relied on Perplexity Pro ($20 or $10 with this referral link) for awhile now, but had not given much thought or exploration time to the image generation features. That is, until today when Dr. Dru Stevenson asked me on Mastodon, “will it generate images?” The answer, as you can …

#AI: Towards a Sense of Ethics

Doug Johnson introduced me to a new quote from Christopher Hitchens. I’d first run into Hitchen’s Razor, which goes like this: What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. That’s a great quote and one of the first that went into my notebook on …

3-2-1: The Cost of Higher Education

Paying for college as I approach retirement isn’t something I hoped for, but it is something that became necessary. I always knew I would be paying for, or assisting my children, in paying for college. Not earning a degree has never been an option. In fact, I always encouraged my children to …

MyNotes: AI Leads to Smaller Workforce

“A survey of senior biz executives reveals that 41 percent expect to have a smaller workforce in five years due to the implementation of AI technologies.” via The Register

MyNotes: Harmful or Helpful, ChatGPT

…use of ChatGPT was likely to develop tendencies for procrastination and memory loss and dampen the students’ academic performance. Finally, academic workload, time pressure, and sensitivity to rewards had indirect effects on students’ outcomes through ChatGPT usage. Read more

3-2-1: School Shootings and Licensed To Carry

Are you licensed to carry? I often reflect that it’s better to stay home and not go out given the Wild West scenario. But you know what? The Wild West wasn’t this crazy. Schoolhouses were respected. After Sandy Hook, and several other school shootings, it became evident that …

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3-2-1: SEL and Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Anyone who watched a teacher work through the pandemic, facilitating remote learning, knows how important teacher-student relationships are. There are people out there, though, who think kids are being indoctrinated at school. Unfortunately, some see SEL as a problem: “What’s clear is that there is …