The Educator's Notebook

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

Topic: tech/AI: ethics and risk

A.I. Updates

    • LinkedIn
    • 01/05/24
    “This is a completely fake video of me. The AI (HeyGen) used 30 seconds of me talking to a webcam and 30 seconds of my voice, and now I have an avatar that I can make say anything. Don’t trust your own eyes.”
    • aiEDU
    • 12/15/23
    “In Part V of Discourse, Descartes makes an aside to explore the difference between humans and automata (machines). Automatons were a curiosity of the time, mechanical creations made to move and mimic people in some way. This led some ambitious and imaginative inventors to claim and strive towards building automatons that would be as capable […]
    • Leon Furze
    • 06/19/23
    “The Teaching AI Ethics series started as a single post covering the nine areas I’d identified as particularly important to education, from bias and discrimination to reinforcing societal power structures. The original post was so popular that I broke it down into nine further posts. Each post includes a detailed discussion of the ethical concern […]


    • Stanford
    • 12/15/23
    “Values centered on individual experience, such as personal agency, enjoyment, and stimulation, are undeniably important and central requirements for any social media platform. It shouldn’t be surprising that reward hacking only on individual values will lead to challenging societal-level outcomes, because the algorithm has no way to reason about societies. But then, what would it […]




    • Washington Post
    • 01/03/24
    “Here are three dispatches highlighting the various ways that candidates — and crucially, third parties — seem ready to use AI as America chooses its next president.”
    • Brookings
    • 12/15/23
    • Schneier on Security
    • 12/15/23
    “I am going to make several arguments. One, that there are two different kinds of trust—interpersonal trust and social trust—and that we regularly confuse them. Two, that the confusion will increase with artificial intelligence. We will make a fundamental category error. We will think of AIs as friends when they’re really just services. Three, that […]


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Peter Nilsson


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