Longread: On Writing In An Age Of A.I.
“What makes good writing in a world with generative AI? Perhaps writing classes of the future will lean into the subtle ways in which human writing surpasses AI-generated writing and challenge students to write better than the machine… But perhaps ChatGPT also shows us that at a certain point, reading has diminishing returns. Maybe we also need to be trained on other kinds of data in order to write well, data that comes from being alive in the world over time, from accumulating enough experience to differentiate our own voice from others.”
“On Holding Back The Strange A.I. Tide”
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“There is no way for [schools] to harness this kind of power and creativity without, in some way, democratizing control over AI. Only innovation driven by [teachers] can actually radically transform [learning], because only [teachers] can experiment enough on their own tasks to learn how to use AI in transformative ways… We have considerable agency about how to use AI in our work, schools, and societies, but we need to start with the presumption that we are facing genuine, and widespread, disruption across many fields. The scientists and engineers designing AI, as capable as they are, have no particular expertise on how AI can best be used, or even how and when it should be used. We get to make those decisions. But we have to recognize that the AI tide is rising, and that the time to decide what that means is now.”