Monday, June 24, 2024

This Week in AI with Reed Hepler and Steve Hargadon (June 21, 2024)

We've released our next "This Week in AI" recording, back on Fridays. Hope you enjoy!

AI summary provide by summarize.tech: https://www.summarize.tech/www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU15IiuB8Zc 


00:00:00 - 00:35:00

In the June 21, 2024 episode of "This Week in AI," hosts Steve Hargadon and Reed Hepler discuss various topics in AI, including the free availability of tools on library.robot.org, personal experiences with using ChatGPT for productivity, and the intersection of music, education, and AI. The speakers also explore the use of AI for companionship and therapy, enhancing critical thinking skills, and its impact on education and decision-making. They express excitement about AI advancements in healthcare, such as drug development and nurse burnout relief, while acknowledging potential concerns and challenges. The episode also touches on upcoming events, including a tech support aspect discussion prompt for the future of AI forum, a free teaching and learning with AI conference, and an artificial intelligence demystified workshop.

  • 00:00:00 In this section of the "This Week in AI" YouTube video from June 21, 2024, hosts Steve Hargadon and Reed Hepler discuss various topics in AI, including clarifying that the tools on library.robot.org are free and accessible to all, a conversation on LinkedIn about the nickname for generative AI, and the hosts' personal experiences with using ChatGPT for productivity. They also mention their blogs and encourage listeners to check them out. The conversation then shifts to the topic of healthcare and advancements in AI within that field, which they plan to cover in more detail in the upcoming news articles section of the show.
  • 00:05:00 In this section of the "This Week in AI - 21 June 2024" video, the speaker discusses the intersection of music, education, and AI. He touches upon the idea that while attending a well-known university may provide social connections, smaller schools may offer better learning tools. The speaker also mentions the concept of generative teaching and learning, emphasizing the importance of using the best tools effectively and efficiently. He compares different AI chatbots, expressing his preference for ChatGPT Pro. The speaker also shares his thoughts on prompt engineering, suggesting that having a clear goal and understanding how to steer the AI towards desired outputs is more important than the intermediate steps. He concludes by stating that having access to AI tools doesn't negate the importance of becoming a good thinker. Additionally, the speaker mentions upcoming topics for their teaching and learning with AI mini-conference, including generative teaching and the role of social connections in education.
  • 00:10:00 In this section of the "This Week in AI - 21 June 2024" video, a speaker discusses their experience using large language models to enhance their critical thinking and logical skills. They explain that while the tool provides a wealth of information, it doesn't replace the need for critical thinking and fact-checking. The speaker then touches upon the use of AI in finding jobs and creating AI avatars or friends, expressing concerns about the potential loss of human connection and interpersonal skills. They conclude by acknowledging the inevitability of emotional companion AI bots but expressing unease about their practical application.
  • 00:15:00 In this section of the "This Week in AI - 21 June 2024" video, the discussion revolves around the use of AI for companionship and therapy. The speaker expresses curiosity about the practical application of creating multiple digital friend groups, questioning if people will actually do it. They also mention the Dan hack, which allows some individuals to use chatbots as romantic partners. The speaker finds it odd that this concept is working on a one-to-one level but raises concerns about the potential emotional overload of managing multiple digital friend groups. They also recall an AI companionship service called Replica, which allowed explicit sexual conversations but faced significant backlash when it was shut down. The speaker reflects on the human tendency to be influenced by emotions and the potential for technology to provide us with experiences we never imagined, raising questions about how we will integrate these technologies into our lives.
  • 00:20:00 In this section of the "This Week in AI" video from June 21, 2024, the discussion revolves around the potential impact of AI on education and individual decision-making. The speaker expresses skepticism about the idea that every individual will be capable of making rational choices without assistance, raising questions about the role of schools and smaller communities in a modern world. The conversation then shifts to a bill introduced in California against AI taking educator jobs, with the speaker questioning its enforceability and significance. The speakers also touch upon the broader implications of AI on institutions and jobs, acknowledging the uncertainty of how to address these issues. They reflect on the survey results from librarians, who were not overly concerned about losing their jobs to AI, and share their thoughts on the potential of superintelligence and its potential uses and risks.
  • 00:25:00 In this section, the speakers discuss the various applications and implications of advanced AI technology. One category of AI development will focus on protecting humanity from potential harm, such as preventing a Skynet-like scenario. Another application will be used by governments for both internal and external purposes, including monitoring citizens and gaining a competitive edge in commerce and warfare. China, for instance, is reportedly investing heavily in military automation. The speakers also share personal experiences with AI, such as using ChatGPT to solve a mailing list issue. The speakers ponder the possibility of AI surpassing human capabilities and the potential consequences of concealing such advancements. Additionally, they discuss the ongoing debate over whether AI can truly be considered intelligent or if it's merely an advanced network of computers.
  • 00:30:00 In this section of "This Week in AI - 21 June 2024," the speaker discusses the unexpected win of an AI in a game, emphasizing the importance of considering unconventional moves. The conversation then shifts to healthcare advancements, starting with Mount Sinai Hospital's integration of AI into its Mainframe, which will infuse AI into every technological aspect of the hospital. Guidelines have been made public to ensure a thoughtful approach. AI is also being used in drug development, leading to the discovery of new drugs, and it's helping with nurse burnout by acting as a health coach. The speaker also mentions the release of Med LM, a health coach for individuals, and Chat GBt MD, which uses AI to provide medical advice. Despite concerns about potential misuse, the speaker expresses excitement about the possibilities of AI in healthcare, such as making connections that humans might struggle with due to the vast amount of medical research.
  • 00:35:00 In this section of the "This Week in AI" video from June 21, 2024, the speakers discuss the potential impact of AI on the healthcare industry. They highlight how AI can act as an oversight system, helping to prevent wrong prescriptions, drug interactions, and misdiagnoses. The speakers express excitement about the possibilities this technology brings, but acknowledge that challenges remain. Elsewhere in the conversation, they touch on upcoming events, including a tech support aspect discussion prompt for the future of AI forum, a free teaching and learning with AI conference, and an artificial intelligence demystified workshop.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Next Week's Mini-Conference: "Teaching and Learning with AI"

Our first Learning Revolution summit on AI: "Teaching and Learning with AI," will be held online (and for free) next Thursday, June 27th, 2024, from 12:00 - 2:30 pm US-Pacific Time. 

You can see all of the sessions below. There are almost 7,000 participants registered so far!

OVERVIEW:

What effects do generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, tools, and applications have on learning and teaching? What impacts will they have on our educational abilities and activities, collaboration and communication, literacy, student agency, and independent, informal, and lifelong learning? The Teaching and Learning with AI summit will consider these questions and more.

While AI technologies have many dramatic benefits, there are also challenges and concerns expressed by professionals, students, and educators about the impact of these new technologies on teaching and learning and the information ecosystem as a whole. Some are reasonably concerned about protecting privacy and confidentiality of students while using generative AI tools and ensuring equity and accessibility. Others worry about ethics, plagiarism, bias, misinformation, transparency, and the loss of critical thinking. And all in the learning professions are wondering how AI might allow or require changes in pedagogy and curricula.

Join us for this free virtual conference to learn how students, educators, and teachers of all types are utilizing generative artificial intelligence tools. Conversations and presentations in the conference will address the practical implications of these tools in the profession, and information on the call for non-commercial, practitioner-based proposals is below. 

Our special conference chair is Reed C. Hepler, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Archivist, College of Southern Idaho. 



This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Learning Revolution community to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Learning Revolution conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among teachers and learners worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing keynote. 

Participants are encouraged to use #teachingandlearningwithai and #learningrevolution on their social media posts about the event.



OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL (PARTIAL PANELISTS LIST - MORE DETAILS TO COME):

Reed C. Hepler
Digital Initiatives Librarian and Archivist, College of Southern Idaho
OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL & SPECIAL ORGANIZER

Reed Hepler is the Digital Initiatives Librarian for the College of Southern Idaho and an M.Ed. student at Idaho State University in the Instructional Design and Technology program. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, with emphases in Archives Management and Digital Curation, from Indiana University. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in History with minors in Anthropology and Religious Studies as well as a Museum Certificate. He has worked at nonprofits, corporations, and educational institutions encouraging information literacy and effective education. Combining all of these degrees and experiences, Reed strives to promote ethical librarianship and educational initiatives.
Dr. Laura Dumin
Professor in English and Technical Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma
OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL

Dr. Laura Dumin obtained her PhD in English from Oklahoma State University in 2010. She is a professor in English and Technical Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma who has been exploring the impact of generative AI on writing classrooms. She also runs a Facebook learning community to allow instructors to learn from each other: https://www.facebook.com/groups/632930835501841.

When she is not teaching, Laura works as a co-managing editor for the Journal of Transformative Learning, directs the Technical Writing BA and advises the Composition and Rhetoric MA program, and was a campus SoTL mentor. She has created four micro-credentials for the Technical Writing program and one for faculty who complete her AI workshop on campus.
Dr. David Wiley
Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning
OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL

Dr. David Wiley is the Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, a company dedicated to eliminating race, gender, and income as predictors of student success in US higher education. His multidisciplinary research examines how generative AI, open educational resources, continuous improvement, data science, and professional development can be combined to improve student outcomes. He is an Education Fellow at Creative Commons, adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University's graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology (where he was previously a tenured Associate Professor), and Entrepreneur in Residence at Marshall University's Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. More information about Dr. Wiley is available at davidwiley.org.

Jason Gulya
Professor of English at Berkeley College & Consultant
OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL

Jason Gulya is a Professor of English at Berkeley College, where he teaches any subject related to writing and the humanities. Recently, he has turned his attention to incorporating AI into the classroom effectively and responsibly. He works as a consultant with colleges, school districts, and companies.

 

Dr. Tazin Daniels
Professor of English at Berkeley College & Consultant
OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL

Dr. Tazin Daniels is an educational developer, DEI consultant, and executive coach with nearly two decades of experience helping mission-driven institutions in their pursuit of equity-focused innovation. As an Associate Director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, she runs programming for both instructors and administrators looking to improve curriculum design and teaching practices across campus. In particular, Dr. Daniels is a leader in human-centered digital education with expertise in cutting-edge technologies including online teaching tools and generative artificial intelligence. She has published on the topics of inclusive teaching and instructor preparation and is a highly sought after speaker on these topics. Dr. Daniels also runs her own consulting firm, ThePedagologist.com, as a way to extend her connections with like minded-people and organizations committed to advancing educational equity everywhere.

CLOSING KEYNOTE: "THE GENERATIVE APPROACH TO EDUCATION"

Steve Hargadon

Steve is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project and Library 2.0, the host of the Future of Education and Reinventing School interview series, and has been the founder and chair (or co-chair) of a number of annual worldwide virtual events, including the Global Education Conference and the Library 2.0 series of mini-conferences and webinars. He has run over 100 large-scale events, online and in person.

Steve's work has been around the democratization of learning and professional development. He supported and encouraged the development of thousands of other education-related networks, particularly for professional development, and he pioneered the use of live, virtual, and peer-to-peer education conferences. He popularized the idea of "unconferences" for educators, and for over a decade, he ran a large annual ed-tech unconference, now called Hack Education (previously EduBloggerCon).

Steve himself built one of the first modern social networks for teachers in 2007 (Classroom 2.0), developed the "conditions of learning" exercise for local educational conversation and change, and inherited and grew the Library 2.0 online community. He may or may not have invented an early version of the Chromebook which he demo'd to Google. He blogs, speaks, and consults on education, educational technology, and education reform, and his virtual and physical events and online communities have over 150,000 members. His professional website is SteveHargadon.com.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS:

Below are the currently accepted and scheduled proposals. Feel free to click through to comment on them and/or communicate with the submitters. The final schedule for the mini-conference will be posted the week of the event.

  • AI Brick and Mortar: Which AI Platform/Tool Is Best For Your Task?: Laura Lacasa Yost; Instructional Designer, Kirkwood Community College (Link to proposal)
  • AI in the Hot Seat: Assessing Its Information Literacy Competency: Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP FRSA, SP4IL Education Consultancy (Link to proposal)
  • AI Literacy: Fostering an Intertwined Relationship between Pedagogy and Technology in Higher Education: Emily Rush, PhD, Rush University (Link to proposal)
  • Elder as Melder Perspectives on Learning and Teaching with AI: Dr. David L. Stoloff, Professor, Education Department, Eastern Connecticut State University (Link to proposal)
  • Empowering Tomorrow's Creators: AI Tools for the Modern Classroom: Michael Fricano II, K-6 Design Technology Teacher, ʻIolani School, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (Link to proposal)
  • Foster AI Fluency by Converting Student Assignments: Kevin Yee, Director of the Faculty Center, University of Central Florida | Laurie Uttich, Instructional Specialist (Link to proposal)
  • Gamifying Generative AI as a Way to Teach AI Literacy: Sierra Adare-Tasiwoopa ápi, Instruction Technologist, Nevada State University (Link to proposal)
  • Harnessing AI Responsibly: Strategies for Academic Excellence and Integrity: Brenda Brusegard, Head of Secondary Library, Oberoi International School, Mumbai, India (Link to proposal)
  • How big is the AI advantage for student creators?: Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media and Director of Digital Curation, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine | Gregory Nelson | Troy Schotter (Link to proposal)
  • How to Create an AI Tutor for Your Course: Dr. Michael Rota, Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas (MN) (Link to proposal)
  • K-12 Open Education Resources: How Librarians Can Use AI and OER Together: Julie Erickson, Chief Learning Officer, LanCrew Colorado (Link to proposal)
  • LFFL: Empowering Students with Generative AI for Lifelong, Fast, and Fun Learning: Dr. Marvin Starominski-Uehara, Adjunct Assistant Professor, International Business & Environmental Studies at Temple University Japan (Link to proposal)
  • Meet Them Where They Are: Preliminary Data Assessing Students' Attitudes Toward Generative AI Use : Dr. Jeanne Beatrix Law, Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing Program, Kennesaw State University (KSU) | Dr. Laura Palmer, Professor and Chair, Technical Communication & Interactive Design (KSU) (Link to proposal)
  • Now the Hard Work Begins: Inviting Writers to Use AI Tools: Dr. Troy Hicks, Professor and Chairperson, Teacher and Special Education, Central Michigan University | Dr. Kristen Hawley Turner, Director of Teacher Education, Drew University (Link to proposal)
  • Teaching Beyond the Tech: Exploring the Durable Power-Skills Students Will Need to Succeed in the Age of AI: Ashlee Russell, M.Ed., Special Education Teacher and AI Educator for Adult Learners, Cumberland County Schools and AI Learning Central (Link to proposal)
  • Teaching with AI: Revolutionizing Education for the Future: Daniel Bernstein, CEO, Teachally (Link to proposal)

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Learning Revolution community to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Learning Revolution conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among teachers and learners worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing keynote. 

Participants are encouraged to use #teachingandlearningwithai and #learningrevolution on their social media posts about the event.



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