GenAI 2023: Year in Review

by | Wednesday, December 20, 2023

A week or so ago I was joined by friends Sean Leahy, Rachna Mathur and Kellie Kreiser on the Learning Futures Podcast. The topic: looking back on a crazy, dynamic, transformative year of generative AI.

As is to be expected, we covered a lot of ground in the conversation, from the the significant strides made in AI this year, envisaging its future trajectory; and pondering the implications of all of this on education, and life. A lot to cover, and we could definitely have gone on for longer, since I am sure we barely scratched the surface of these topics. But all in all it was a great conversation to be part of.

Interestingly, in this conversation, I played more fatalistic version of me… which was fun (kinda).

The episode is embedded below or you can listen to it on your favorite podcast app: Apple | Spotify | Simplecast. Do subscribe if you like what you hear. There is a lot of awesome content in previous episodes and lots more coming in the new year!

A few randomly selected blog posts…

Tweaking the design

Someone once said that all design is redesign - and it has never been truer than trying to design your website. A few weeks ago I found out that my site looked terrible on the iTouch and the iPhone. I made a quick fix (adding a template and plugin) that would allow...

Changing rules for tenure

I discovered a blog on academia called Lumpenprofessoriat. It links to some cool videos made by supporters of Barack Obama, but more importantly it has some thought-provoking postings and links to other blogs around the issue of academic tenure. One of the most...

The perception of taste

A new study (with brain scanning no less) indicates that the more expensive the wine the better it tastes. As the MindHacks article (Higher price makes cheap wine taste better) reports, participants rated the more expensive wine as being more likeable even it was...

Good Evil Ambigram

Brad Honeycutt, a fellow Spartan (he graduated 1996 a couple of years before I started here at Michigan State) is fascinated by optical illusions. He has completed a couple of books on optical illusions the first of which will be coming out in July. Scott Kim, one of...

Help me, find a story by Ursula Le Guin

Help me, find a story by Ursula Le Guin

 I am looking for a short story by Ursula Le Guin that I read many years ago growing up in India. The story has stayed with me but I cannot find it, despite many deep dives into the internet. I have posted on reddit, on the Ursula Le...

New ambigram: Nihal

My friend, Hartosh (I had written previously about his mathematical novel here) and his wife Pam, recently had a baby boy. This ambigram is of his name: Nihal Enjoy.

Speaking of leadership

Matt and I were invited to Sydney, Australia a year ago as a part of the Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) project. You can see a report in the New Educator: TPACK takes hold in Australia. As a part of this visit we were interviewed to speak a bit about...

CEP917 receives AT&T award, update

I had written before, CEP917: Knowledge Media Design, a course taught by Dr. Danah Henriksen and myself, in the Fall semester of 2012, received First Place (in the Blended Course category) in the2013 MSU-AT&T Instructional Technology Awards Competition. The awards...

Silver Lining for Learning wins 2022 AECT Award

Silver Lining for Learning wins 2022 AECT Award

I learned, this morning, that the Silver Lining for Learning team (the webinar series I co-host with Chris Dede, Curt Bonk, and Yong Zhao) won the 2022 AECT Distinguished Development Award. For a completely unfunded, passion project that started at the beginning of...

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