The Educator's Notebook

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

Topic: tech/AI: ethics and risk

A.I. Updates

    • New York Times
    • 05/20/24
    “But if the point of living lies in relationships with other people, then it’s hard to think of A.I. assistants that imitate humans without nervousness. I don’t think they’re going to solve the loneliness epidemic at all. During the presentation, Murati said several times that the idea was to “reduce friction” in users’ “collaboration” with […]
    • NPR
    • 04/28/24
    “A Maryland high school athletic director is facing criminal charges after police say he used artificial intelligence to duplicate the voice of Pikesville High School Principal Eric Eiswert, leading the community to believe Eiswert said racist and antisemitic things about teachers and students.”
    • Issues
    • 04/01/24
    “It’s not AI’s future, it’s humanity’s future. We don’t talk about electricity’s future, we don’t talk about steam’s future. At the end of the day, it is our future, our species’ future, and our civilization’s future—in the context of AI…
    • Vox
    • 02/28/24
    “When asked for an image of a Founding Father of America, Gemini showed a Black man, a Native American man, an Asian man, and a relatively dark-skinned man. Asked for a portrait of a pope, it showed a Black man and a woman of color. Nazis, too, were reportedly portrayed as racially diverse… Raghavan gave […]
    • 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.”
    • Sense and Sensation
    • 12/15/23
    “If we follow the tale, this all might be ok in the end.  Eucrates learned his lesson — when asked to perform the magic, he says, “if it once becomes a water carrier… we shall be obliged to let the house be flooded with the water that is poured in!”  His lesson is much like […]

ADOLESCENCE

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

HUMANITIES

    • 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 […]

SUSTAINABILITY

TECH/AI

TECH/AI: EDUCATION

    • NPR
    • 04/28/24
    “A Maryland high school athletic director is facing criminal charges after police say he used artificial intelligence to duplicate the voice of Pikesville High School Principal Eric Eiswert, leading the community to believe Eiswert said racist and antisemitic things about teachers and students.”
    • Leon Furze
    • 04/09/24
    “In this post, I’ll discuss some of my personal objections to AI detection tools, and explore a new piece of research that once again proves AI detection tools don’t work.”

TECH/AI: ETHICS AND RISK

TECH/AI: GOVERNMENT AND LAW

    • 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 […]

Issues

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