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Is Generative AI a Benefit or Danger to Education?

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Episode 294
January 31, 2024
00:55:42
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Hosted by Dave Levine

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Can AI be a tool for learning, or does it present barriers to learning by entrenching biases and weakening skills? Prof. Amy Ko’s Medium post, More than calculators: Why large language models threaten learning, teaching, and education, is a trenchant analysis of how AI will negatively impact education, if we are not thoughtful about its deployment. While generative AI could be a useful tool in education, as currently constituted, its inability to understand individuals while offering students the path of least resistance renders it dangerous. In this discussion, Amy and Dave discuss student-teacher relationships, large language models and their challenges, messaging by AI firms, and, most critically, where educators go from here. 

“And what we haven’t done as a society, what we haven’t taken the time to do yet, is really figure out, what are the tasks [AI] is good for? What are the tasks it’s not good for? What are the tasks where if we start doing it, it actually could lead to some really bad things?”

-Amy Ko

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

-William Butler Yeats

Lead photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

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Amy Ko

Amy J. Ko is a Professor at the University of Washington Information School and an Adjunct Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. She holds a Doctorate in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and co-founded AnswerDash, which facilitates interactions between developers and users. She is a senior member of the Association for Computer Machinery and has won best paper awards at ACM and other conferences.
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DAVID LEVINE

Dave Levine is the founder and host of Hearsay Culture. He is a Professor at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (Stanford Law School). From 2014-2017, he was a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is also the co-author of Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity (West 2019). A regular contributor to Slate, Dave has been published in leading newspapers, websites, and academic journals in the US and EU.

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