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One of the reasons I like channels like Tom Scott’s is that he provides links to his sources.

His claim that the level of carbon dioxide negatively affects cognition is compelling because it is backed up with research. Specifically:

This was pre-pandemic. Now we also know that good indoor ventilation [USA’s CDC] [Singapore’s NEA] is essential if we are to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV2.

Hasn’t any vendor seen this and jumped on the opportunity to build safer and smarter classrooms? 😉

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When I was curating resources last year on educational uses of artificial intelligence (AI), I discovered how some forms were used to generate writing.

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YouTuber, Tom Scott, employed writing AI (OpenAI’s GPT-3) to suggest new video ideas by offering topics and even writing scripts. The suggestions were ranged from the odd and impossible to the plausible and surprisingly on point.

This was an example of AI augmenting human creativity, but it was still very much in the realm of artificial narrow intelligence. The AI did not have the general intelligence to mimic human understanding of nuance and context.

I liked Scott’s generalisation about technology following how AI worked/failed for him. He described a technology’s evolution as a sigmoid curve. After a slow initial start, the technology might seem to suddenly be widely adopted and improved upon. It then hits a steady state.

Tom Scott: Technology evolution as a sigmoid curve. Source:

Scott wondered if AI was at the steady state. This might seem to be the case if we only consider the boxed in approach that the AI was subject to. If it had been given more data to check its own suggestions, it might have offered creative ideas that were on point.

So, no, the AI was not that the terminal steady state. It was at the slow start. It has the potential to explode. It is our responsibility to ensure that the explosions are controlled ones (like demolishing a building) instead of unhappy accidents that result from neglect (like the warehouse in Beirut).

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Tom Scott took a nerdy look back at one of his favourite shows. Long story short: He appreciated the effort that the people behind the opening titles put in despite how easy it was to ignore them.

The same might be said for instructional design (ID). It is visible only to those who bother to look and know how to critique it. ID is under-appreciated because it is invisible, but that does not mean that it is easy or unnecessary.


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