EdTech Situation Room Episode 288 covers a range of topics, starting with the potential of AI and chatbots to deliver on the promise of intelligent personal assistants, followed by the importance of cybersecurity when purchasing internet of things devices. The conversation shifts to the recent TikTok ban and the importance of protecting privacy and consumer rights, with careful regulation and legislation being necessary. The speakers also discuss media literacy, social media platforms adopting paid subscriptions, and the need to regulate the use of AI to protect privacy. Finally, the potential dangers of using AI in research and education and the concerns surrounding the development of artificial general intelligence are highlighted.
00:00:00 In this section, the hosts of EdTech Situation Room dive into the topics they will be discussing on the episode, including Tic Tac's ban, AI, media literacy, and internet of things. They also jokingly question whether they should rename the show to the "AI show" due to the high number of articles they have on the topic. Additionally, Dr. Westfryer shares some insights from his doctoral research on intelligent personal assistance and how it had relatively little impact on student engagement. The hosts consider the impact of AI on education and how it may exceed the impact of the internet itself.
00:05:00 In this section, the hosts discuss the potential of chatbots to deliver on the promise of intelligent personal assistants like Siri or Alexa. They argue that the advancements in generative artificial intelligence, specifically the language model technology behind GPT-3, may finally fulfill the potential that prior personal assistants failed to achieve. The discussion shifts to the increasing role of digital technologies in daily lives, particularly in home security with the rise of the internet of things. The hosts share a security article about an 80 device that controls home security and garage doors, which uses a universal password and unencrypted information that makes it easy for hackers to exploit. The hosts recommend unplugging all such devices immediately.
00:10:00 In this section of the video, the hosts discuss the importance of considering security when purchasing internet of things devices for the home, such as smart speakers and home security devices. They caution that even well-known brands may have security flaws and suggest being careful before investing in any internet of things items. They give the example of the company Wyze, which had an exploit that allowed people to access saved videos and stills. They recommend doing research on the brand and setting up Google alerts to ensure that any news about security issues with a particular device is discovered.
00:15:00 In this section, the hosts of EdTech Situation Room Episode 288 discuss the recent revelations about security flaws in Wyze cameras, which are manufactured in China. While the hosts acknowledge that many manufacturers may have similar security issues, they express concern about the firmware that is baked into the device and cannot be easily updated by consumers. Additionally, they worry that many politicians and regulators lack the technical expertise needed to effectively regulate the tech industry. Finally, they turn their attention to the recent TikTok hearings, which they feel highlighted larger issues with social media and data privacy that extend beyond the specific app. The hosts express concern that many of the questions politicians asked at the hearing were overly simplistic and did not contribute to a more nuanced discussion of these issues.
00:20:00 In this section, the video discusses the potential challenges that could arise if a nationwide ban is placed on TikTok. Currently, 32 of 50 US states already have some type of ban on state networks and state-owned devices, and the US military has previously had its own bans on the app. However, there is concern that a nationwide ban would set a difficult precedent and could be struck down legally. The conversation then shifts to the importance of protecting privacy and consumer rights in the US, especially concerning data protection and the potential impact of AI on society. The speakers emphasize the need for thoughtful regulation and legislation that addresses these issues while avoiding rash actions such as a potential TikTok ban that could upset younger generations.
00:25:00 In this section, the hosts discuss articles on media literacy and social media. The first article from The Verge talks about how the swagged out Pope being an AI fake went viral, highlighting the potential of deepfakes. The next article from Decrypt discusses Mid-Journey's decision to kill its free AI image generator after the explosion of deepfakes. The hosts note the ethical concerns surrounding the creation of fake images, especially now that world leaders like China's President Xi are being blocked. The conversation then turns to Elon Musk, who has extended his feud with the media by labeling the NPR Twitter account as state-affiliated. The hosts express their disappointment in Musk's pettiness and the need for greater source awareness in today's fractured and polluted information landscape.
00:30:00 In this section, the discussion covers the funding sources of NPR and how it does not reflect the real issue of media bias in the United States. While NPR receives a small percentage of public funding, it also has underwriting from large corporate sponsors and donations from people that bias it. This discussion brings up the inadequacy of public versus corporate funding as criteria for media bias, as advertising for private media can impact its journalism, too. Another issue mentioned is the launch of Meta Verified, a 12 dollars a month service from Facebook that gives a checkmark or verification badge to accounts. While it offers some benefits like appearing in the for you column, the service still trades data and is seen as a mafia protection scheme. The hosts question the legitimacy of charging for services that should be basic, such as support and access.
00:35:00 In this section, the hosts discuss the recent trend of social media platforms adopting paid subscription models. They also talk about the value of paying for certain services, such as the Canva Pro version, and the importance of social media literacy in understanding the implications of artificial intelligence. They mention the Hard Fork podcast from The New York Times, where Google CEO Sundar Pichai discusses the power of AI and the responsibility that comes with it. They note that while Google has faced criticism for being behind in the AI space, Pichai has emphasized the need for thoughtfulness in implementation. The hosts express their belief that AI is a game changer with significant potential to influence society.
00:40:00 In this section, the speakers discuss the need to regulate the use of AI and protect privacy. They mention a recent news article about Chatbot being banned in Italy due to privacy concerns and suggest that educators who are informed on AI issues should contact elected officials and advocate for constructive regulation. The speakers stress the importance of being careful as AI is a powerful technology that can uncover uncomfortable truths or give superpowers. They also highlight the need for large companies such as Google to be thoughtful in their development, as they have a lot to lose if things go wrong with the technology.
00:45:00 In this section, hosts Wes Fryer and Jason Neiffer discuss the differences between accessing and generating information, highlighting the power of artificial intelligence in generating creative content. They share anecdotes about generating content and the controversies that have arisen, such as the recent false accusations made by Chat GPT against Australian Mayor Brian Hood, who has issued a defamation suit against OpenAI. Fryer also discusses how the public treats AI-generated information like a search engine and explains how Bing is closer to becoming a search engine as they use Chat GPT to provide sources, allowing people to vet the information themselves.
00:50:00 In this section, the hosts discuss the potential dangers of using AI in research and education. They touch upon several concerns, including the reliability of internet sources and the risk of companies using user data for their proprietary platforms. They also mention the challenges of training AI models on accurate information and how the breadth of the internet makes it hard for AI to separate relevant answers from bogus ones. They conclude by highlighting the need for caution and media literacy in using AI models such as Chat GPT or Google Bard, especially when it comes to educational settings.
00:55:00 In this section, the speakers discuss the potential future of Google's omnibar search bar and the concerns surrounding the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI). They highlight how AGI could generate an overwhelming amount of harmful disinformation and misinformation, requiring increased media literacy and source citation to combat. The speakers also compare the citation capabilities of chat GPT and Bing, with differing results, and discuss the need for algorithms to pick and verify authoritative sources when citing information. The discussion ends with speculation on how Apple's Tim Cook may respond to these developments and the usage of search engine terminology.
The hosts of the EdTech Situation Room discuss the increasing prevalence of AI and encourage educators to embrace it in the classroom, citing a recent blog post by Bill Gates and the impressive test scores achieved by chat GPT4. However, they acknowledge that some educators may feel apprehensive towards AI, and suggest conducting surveys or conversations to gauge their sentiments. They also discuss the positive and negative impacts of technology in education and mention an upcoming webinar on AI and blended learning. The hosts share their geeks of the week and remind listeners to check out their podcast on various platforms.
01:00:00 In this section, the hosts discuss the growing prevalence of AI and encourage educators to take notice and embrace it in the classroom. They reference a recent blog post by Bill Gates announcing the start of the age of AI, and the impressive test scores achieved by chat GPT4. However, the hosts also acknowledge the apprehension and dismissiveness some educators may feel towards AI, citing an op-ed article from The Seattle Times. They suggest conducting surveys or conversations with educators to gauge their sentiments towards AI and its role in assessment and education.
01:05:00 In this section, the hosts discuss the positive and negative impacts of technology in education. They acknowledge that while technology is incredibly powerful and will revolutionize the way we live and learn, it can also be used in devastating ways. They also mention a webinar on AI, chatbots, and blended learning that will take place next week and encourage listeners to sign up, as well as share their own geeks of the week, including a media literacy lesson and a Minecraft build challenge. They conclude by reminding listeners that they can find their podcast on various platforms and hope to see them next time.