A chat about GPT3 (and other forms of alien intelligence)

by | Thursday, April 06, 2023

We recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of writing a regular column series on Rethinking Technology & Creativity in Education for the journal TechTrends. Over the next few articles in this series, we are going to dive deeper into Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and their potential impact on education, creativity, and society. This is a particularly appropriate time to do so because over the past few months the world has shifted under our feet in powerful ways with the introduction of large language models such as GPT3/4, Bard, Stable Diffusion, and MidJourney, These tools, whether image or text generation engines, raise a whole range of questions about authorship, creativity, education, and more. It is within this context that we seek to frame the next few conversations and pieces around AI, education, and creativity.

Our first article in this mini-series on AI is based on a conversation with Chris Dede. Chris is a colleague and friend (and we have been co-hosting the Silver Lining for Learning webinar/podcast for 3 years now). Chris is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and one of the most respected scholars in the field of educational technology.

In addition, we took the conversation with Chris and made it an episode of the Learning Futures podcast (a show I co-host with Sean Leahy). So you get two-fer this time around, an article where Melissa Warr, Danah Henriksen, Lauren Woo and I craft a larger narrative around the conversation we had with Chris, and then there is the podcast where you can hear Chris, unfiltered by our interpretation of what he said. I think the two pieces complement each other very well.

You can listen to the podcast episode right here (or on any of our favorite podcasting platforms).

Citation and link to the final article given below

Warr, M., Mishra, P., Henriksen, D., & Woo, L. J. (2023). A chat about GPT3 (and other forms of alien intelligence) with Chris Dede. TechTrends. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-023-00843-z

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