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Guest Opinion: What AI won't teach our kids

Original post made on Aug 4, 2023

At the end of the day, AI is just a tool. AI will never replace the human element of teaching our children values of moral conduct, ethics and love, which must prevail above anything else in molding the future of our kids' learning.

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Posted by carter
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on Aug 4, 2023 at 9:28 am

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"Be wary of Greeks bearing gifts." I would add that another oft-used aphorism is "Never say never."

You appear to be that rare educator who is also well-versed in technology and steeped in emergent trends of the same, so I was surprised to read you speak in absolutes such as "AI will never ...."

How can we know that? History is littered with comments such as these which, in retrospect, were unequivocally incorrect. Napoleon said steam-powered ships would never replace wind-powered ones. Thomas Edison said no one would "ever" use alternating current (AC). Lord Kelvin declared that flying machines "heavier-than-air" are "impossible." Darryl Zanuck said television wouldn't when it first appeared on the scene.

Saying things like "AI cannot keep up with the demands of..." or "AI can't teach our kids ______" when we are just at the beginning of the AI revolution seems short-sighted to me; I'm also an educator and I have many questions of my own about AI, but I also think that the hallmark of knowledge, learning, and language is the fact that the more we learn, the more we realize how much we don't know (to paraphrase Einstein).

I understand the point of this piece was to mollify the concerns of well-intentioned parents, educators, and others. However, to me it still seems to carry an undercurrent of fear and denial. I agree with you that "the AI trajectory will forever transform how educators teach and students learn," but I also think it may be in ways that we don't consider possible today, and that would make us uncomfortable to accept. But that's ok.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 12, 2023 at 7:27 pm

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Chief Joseph at the end of the Nez Perce War "I will fight no more forever."

In the 80's I worked with Lotus and occasionally worked with a non-computational software. A peer was involved with setting up that non-computational software, date entry storage, (DES). I happened to mention to a colleague that DES software cannot hold a candle to Lotus.

My colleague passed on my comment to that peer, that peer complained to my supervisor, that I was disparaging his program. My supervisor called me in asking why I was discrediting my peer's software. I explained Lotus has Artificial intelligence (AI). That DES software does not.

My supervisor asked what do you mean artificial intelligence? I explained, Lotus will perform computations, DES software cannot. I never heard another word on this issue again.

AI is not transparent, it requires trust, in that AI can simulate intelligence by taking information from its surroundings.

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