Down the rabbit hole

16 thoughts on “Down the rabbit hole”

  1. yes, when I saw he left for those reasons, my fear factor went up. I teach young children so not directly impacted by this, but for high school and above, what about having students orally share whatever they studied or wrote about to see what knowledge they really have gained, which is part of the goal, anyway?

    1. That was one of the approaches the program suggested. It would require all parties taking the time and personal responsibility to do that. A willingness to give up all the electronic crutches. I was going to include what ChatGPT told me, but it was lengthy and I thought no one would want to read it all.

    1. The possibilities are limited only by our imaginations and changes are already occurring. And now, for better or worse, we have AI to help us come up with new ideas even faster than before.

      There are many people already fearing they will lose their jobs to AI and have nothing but time on their hands.

    1. Doing everything in class without electronics was the best my son and I could come up with. But that would be a huge time sink for both students and teachers. Term papers may still exist, but I’ll bet none will be done without AI. If there’s an easier, faster way to do the assignment, whatever it is, kids will use it.

  2. At the small college where I work, nursing students take their exams in a “lockdown browser” app that doesn’t allow them to use the computer for anything but the exam, and they have to turn their cell phones off. The “learning management systems” are rigged with plagiarism detection sofware. Higher ed has already acclimated to e-threats to academic integrity.

    That said, I’m still fairly worried about AI, mostly because the open source orgs like OpenAI make their code available to everyone, including the criminally motivated. And then you have nations like Russia, China and North Korea, all of whom are bent on besting the USA. Not a healthy scenario.

    1. It’s good to know higher education is keeping up with this stuff. I should have guessed they’d be well ahead of my awareness and concern. I don’t know where the high schools are on this but I hope they are staying abreast of AI developments (while being distracted by more immediate concerns like gun violence).

      I hope Geoffrey Hinton will be joined by others like him who understand the technology and its dangers. He said he’d thought the potential we’re seeing now was 30-50 years away! I’m just afraid the horse is already out of the barn.

      Gee, you don’t suppose it was profit motive that prompted OpenAI and others to release all this to the public???

    1. Hmm, I’d not thought of that, but it seems like a fair comparison. So many good things about atomic energy, so much it can do for us … along with the ability to obliterate us if used with carelessness or evil intent. The more I think about it, the better the comparison seems.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I spent quite some time on trying to dispel the rabbit hole and here you can find a few pointers for taking AI a piece by piece

    Introduction to generative AI

    Introduction to Neural Network:

    Introduction to Knowledge graph

    Introduction to Genetic algorithms:

    A collection of free resources on AI:

    A collection of courses on datacamp that prepare you on data science skills:

    hope it can help! your feedback is very welcome!

... and that's my two cents