Category Archives: technology

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

Across the country, university professors like Mr. Aumann, department chairs and administrators are starting to overhaul classrooms in response toย ChatGPT, prompting a potentially huge shift in teaching and learning. Some professors are redesigning their courses entirely, making changes that include more oral exams, group work and handwritten assessments in lieu of typed ones.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/16/technology/chatgpt-artificial-intelligence-universities.html

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How ChatGPT Will Destabilize White-Collar Work

In the next five years, it is likely that AI will begin to reduce employment for college-educated workers. As the technology continues to advance, it will be able to perform tasks that were previously thought to require a high level of education and skill. This could lead to a displacement of workers in certain industries, as companies look to cut costs by automating processes. While it is difficult to predict the exact extent of this trend, it is clear that AI will have a significant impact on the job market for college-educated workers. It will be important for individuals to stay up to date on the latest developments in AI and to consider how their skills and expertise can be leveraged in a world where machines are increasingly able to perform many tasks.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/01/chatgpt-ai-economy-automation-jobs/672767/

Apple to Expand Smart-Home Lineup, Taking On Amazon and Google

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant hasย struggled in the home spaceย and has ceded much of the market to its rivals. Its current devices remain limited in their functionality, with Appleโ€™s Siri voice-control serviceย lagging behind Amazonโ€™s Alexaย and the Google Assistant. The new devices โ€” along with upcoming changes to Siri โ€” are aimed at turning around Appleโ€™s fortunes.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-01-18/apple-to-expand-smart-home-lineup-taking-on-amazon-and-google

The Mars Religion

The goal of this essay is to persuade you that we shouldnโ€™t send human beings to Mars, at least not anytime soon. Landing on Mars with existing technology would be a destructive, wasteful stunt whose only legacy would be to ruin the greatest natural history experiment in the Solar System. It would no more open a new era of spaceflight than a Phoenician sailor crossing the Atlantic in 500 B.C. would have opened up the New World. And it wouldnโ€™t even be that much fun.

https://idlewords.com/2023/1/why_not_mars.htm

How Finland Is Teaching a Generation to Spot Misinformation

The Nordic country is testing new ways to teach students about propaganda. Hereโ€™s what other countries can learn from its success.

https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2023/01/10/world/europe/finland-misinformation-classes.amp.html

An A.I. Pioneer on What We Should Really Fear

Whenever thereโ€™s a lot of patterns, a lot of data, A.I. is very good at processing that โ€” certain things like the game of Go or chess. But humans have this tendency to believe that if A.I. can do something smart like translation or chess, then it must be really good at all the easy stuff too. The truth is, whatโ€™s easy for machines can be hard for humans and vice versa. Youโ€™d be surprised how A.I. struggles with basic common sense. Itโ€™s crazy.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/12/26/magazine/yejin-choi-interview.html

VISUAL DECOLONIZATION OF FUTURES

The Visual Decolonization of Futures is a proposal to liberate the legacies of coloniality that have been sustained through the use of images in the field of Futures Studies. It is a project that confronts and disassociates images about futures from the hegemonic perspective of the Global North. It seeks inclusion, respect, and autonomy not only for individuals, but also for groups and social movements, such as feminism, the black movement, the ecological movement, the LGBTqia+ movement, etc.

https://www.profuturists.org/post/visual-decolonization-of-futures

The Renaissance changed the course of history, but how did it happen?

Well, the people who created it didn’t think they were doing anything new – they wanted to emulate the past. It’s a story of how innovative ideas aren’t about originality, but imitation…

https://twitter.com/culturaltutor/status/1608124451769700352?s=20&t=vGYd8pFRI1Ak8xmXjiW78g