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On the topic of "Hearing is no longer believing", here is you narrating this entire post:

https://soundcloud.com/thomas-askwho-askew/signs-and-portents

I actually really like this, as I always read better with my ears, and the human quality of the current AI voices makes it so much easier to listen to than previous TTS.

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Another brilliant and insightful post Ethan. I look forward to each one of these. Keep em' coming in 2024. You're an inspiration.

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chatGPT is the best general tool but perplexity AI is a better online search tool. Show some love to the other language models please. I am sure Google will be able to challenge chatGPT once they figure out to leverage all that data they have on us already.

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Amazing. Need to read it another three time to make sure I haven't missed anything. Should be compulsory reading for anybody interested in AI

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Dear Ethan,

I just pre-ordered your book 📕. Thanks for all you great insights.

Yesterday, I wrote a post on Linkedin. I spoke about the use of AI in class after a discussion with a professor. According to him, Most of the students use AI to do the work and not just to assist them. This could led to a cognitive disaster. I wrote the post to share my discussions. I finished with : « It is urgent that the education system draws up a list of timeless knowledge that will allow a young human to be an enlightened citizen in the age of AI. »

It’s a big question and i’m expert enough to answer. No one knows, but i think you know better than other. So I would be very interested to have your point of view..

happy new year ! And again, thanks for your great work.

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I would add that the technology for using AI is going to improve. It is like a smart phone with hardly any apps available. I may be wrong, but I expect that the GPT store is going to accelerate adoption. If not, then something else will.

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Often the change due to a new tech (here AI) comes in unexpected areas.

Let us consider the Mobile Aloha project at Stanford.

https://mobile-aloha.github.io/

It is a cheap hardware and open source software project

where the learning is by observing and imitating.

*This* is the future.

But it is a future imperfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGNNW6smDPQ

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Fantastic Article, thanks Ethan! 🫶

„As have studies on writing, programming, and innovation.“ Could you cite these studies as well? 🙏

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Excellent paper, thanks Ethan

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Word on the street is that Chris Hayes might be interested in talking about how AI might impact education. He says "there's a bunch of interesting questions here that I don't feel like I have super clear answers to".

https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-podcast/why-is-this-happening/answering-your-questions-our-withpod-holiday-mailbag-podcast-transcript-n1308086

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Professor Mollick, congratulations on the new book!

Would you like to appear on my video program in April or May, to discuss and promote it?

More info here: https://forum.futureofeducation.us/

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Good survey.

I think the education aspects are even wilder. There's a lot of creativity at work.

At the same time, academia is wrongfooted. Most campuses don't have AI policies now, and punt decisions to departments and individual faculty. We only have hints about just how many students are using AI.

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Ethan, you're so good at condensing what I'm thinking into a really great guide, translating it so that it's easy enough for laypeople to follow. I appreciate all the effort that goes into this!

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I always love your posts, Ethan. They're the only ones I read in full.

Just one question:

You mention "... most companies have decided to treat it as some sort of standard knowledge management tool, a task that LLMs are not actually that good at."

What makes you say that? LLMs seem great at aggregating large areas of knowledge and making them accessible to NLQs.

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Anyone worried about the cost of energy for the required compute units in the coming AI nirvana can rest assured that, any day now, electricity will be too cheap to meter.

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I'm curious how you respond to those who are far less optimistic about the transformative impacts of generative AI, especially with respect to education. I watched the recorded presentations from HILT on YouTube and Justin Reich in particular singled out your remarks as very similar to predictions that have been made in the past regarding transformative edtech developments which fell far short of the anticipated expectations. I think you and Justin are talking about some different issues, but he is much, much less bold in his analysis of the impact of generative AI in K-12 classrooms based on the history of similar hype around previous technologies. I'm interested where you see the differences in your views and why generative AI may be different. He was fairly dismissive of the notion that AI was going to democratize education in any meaningful way.

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