The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

“PennsylvaniaGPT” Is Beginning For State Employees In PA

“ChatGPT will initially be used by a small number of Pennsylvania government employees to create and edit copy, update policy language, draft job descriptions, and help employees generate code. After the initial trial period, Governor Shapiro’s office says ChatGPT will be used more broadly by other parts of Pennsylvania’s government. However, no citizens will ever […]

Apple’s 12 Most Embarrassing Product Failures

“With all the praise Apple receives, it can be easy to forget about the company’s many failures, some of which never made it to market. Apple is now the richest tech company in the world, but its ascendance wasn’t without its setbacks, some of which put the company on the brink of bankruptcy. Some of […]

A.I. Can Now Write Dangerously Convincing Prose

This week, OpenAI shared a paper covering their latest work on text generation technology but they’re deviating from their standard practice of releasing the full research to the public out of fear that it could be abused by bad actors… One concern they have is that the technology would be used to turbo-charge fake news operations… Other […]

The Google Memo: Echoes Of Campus “Free Speech” Issues

Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber. Despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which […]


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Peter Nilsson


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