Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #373.
I worked on the following this week:
- Promoting Informed Citizenship in a Connected World: Advancing Media and Information Literacy – As I previously indicated, I’m working on some research with Doug Belshaw and Laura Hilliger on the future of media and information literacy. Here is the manuscript we submitted for review and publication. Please feel free to leave your comments.
- Navigating the Impact of Capitalism on Education and Technology: A Lexicon for Thoughtful Discourse – In our discussions for the research listed above, the topic of capitalism came up again and again. I decided to pull my notes on the subject into a post.
- Embracing the Digital Frontier: Challenges and Opportunities of Online Phonics Modules for Pre-Service Teachers – A post exploring the challenges and opportunities that online phonics modules present for pre-service teachers aiming to enhance their knowledge and skills in phonics instruction.
- Bending the Rules: A Review of Bruce Schneier’s Insightful Book ‘A Hacker’s Mind” – A book review of “A Hacker’s Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society’s Rules, and How to Bend Them Back“ by security expert Bruce Schneier.
63% of Americans believe that regulation should aim to prevent AI superintelligence
A new poll, commissioned by the think tank AI Policy Institute and conducted by YouGov, surveyed 1,118 Americans from across the age, gender, race, and political spectrums in early September. It reveals that 63 percent of voters say regulation should aim to actively prevent AI superintelligence.
Many major AI companies are racing to build superintelligent AI, which they claim will benefit humanity. However, Americans are questioning the potential risks and costs that come with developing such technology and are increasingly distrusting tech executives.
Why this matters The public’s general wish for technology should not be ignored or overridden by tech billionaires, and policymakers should ask what direction society wants to go in.
The American classroom is changing
With the increasing number of school shootings and a lack of meaningful legislation to address gun violence, American schools are taking safety measures into their own hands.
Why this matters. The new American classroom is adapting to the reality of the rising gun epidemic.
Google’s Struggle to Deliver
Google Search has evolved from a simple list of blue links into a multifaceted platform that encompasses mapping, a predictive engine, an encyclopedia, a chatbot, and a shopping mall. However, it has become bloated and over-monetized, making it harder to find authoritative and uncompromised answers.
Google is currently facing an antitrust trial, which questions whether its dominant position in the search engine market is due to superior technology or deals to protect its monopoly.
Why this matters. Although the company constantly updates and tweaks its algorithms, which are powered by natural-language-processing AI tools, there is a creeping sense that the site is no longer as useful or intuitive as it once was.
Nate Bear discusses the concept of unrealistic optimism and identifies four cognitive factors that contribute to it. Bear suggests that people’s brains are wired to ignore the risks of certain events and that some individuals are better able to accurately assess risk.
Why this matters. Thinking more about the need for optimism while also accurately assessing risk in a world filled with challenges.
Friends don’t let friends ideate collaboratively
Collaborative ideation, such as brainstorming sessions and group activities, has been widely embraced, but scientific research suggests that individual ideation is more effective in terms of generating both quantity and quality of ideas.
While collaboration can stimulate associative power, there are social and cognitive factors that hinder the ideation process in groups. Social dynamics, hierarchies, and the bystander effect can all inhibit creativity in collaborative settings. To support effective idea generation, it is recommended to stimulate pattern recognition, utilize vaguely relevant prompts, avoid judicial thinking, and avoid fixating on particular patterns or ideas.
Why this matters. Idea generation may be a mix between the diverging and converging parts of the process. There is a need to pay attention to who is around you in the process.
Humility helps us stay grounded in the face of adversity and injustice. Cultivating a sense of common humanity, and feeding it with our actions, despite differences of opinion, is important. Humility has many forms and benefits, such as increased empathy, relatedness, and collaboration.
In this post, eight varieties of humility are identified, including cultural, familial, intellectual, knowledge, skill, wisdom, awe, and suffering. Each variety of humility has its limitations.
No matter how tired you get, no matter how you feel like you can’t possibly do this, somehow you do.
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