A Secret Third Thing

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #393. Your go-to source for insightful content on education, technology, and the digital landscape.

I’ve been a bit spotty in sending this newsletter out over the last couple of weeks. As the semester and weather changes, I’m increasingly spending time out with the kids at the pool, or at graduation ceremonies, or mowing the lawn.

I recently posted the following:

Stay tuned for more insights and discussions?!?!


🍏 Missing the Mark?

Apple apologized for an ad that upset creatives, saying they “missed the mark.” The commercial showcased the new iPad Pro crushing creative tools, causing backlash. Apple’s marketing VP acknowledged the error and emphasized their commitment to empowering creatives worldwide. Explore

Although we’ve seen quite a bit of pushback over the recent ad, it’s interesting to review the history of Apple, and their messaging as a reflection of our role in a technological society. Read More


🐢 Move slow and be things that break

Several months ago, some of my favorite tech YouTubers, Marques Brownlee and Cleo Abram shared videos all about Formula One racing. One of the themes of the videos was that this was a giant, very expensive, science fair. While watching, I was wondering when we’d get to the point where the human driver became a variable, and perhaps a weakness in this science experiment.

The first race of the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League saw driverless cars struggling to complete laps during qualifying trials. Despite challenges like cars spinning out and hitting walls, the AI racers managed to finish the race with Tum coming out as the winner. This event shows the early stages of autonomous racing, with room for improvement in the future. Learn more

As we see more autonomous (denoting or performed by a device capable of operating without direct human control) technologies, it’ll be interesting to see how we adapt to these new futures.

I should also indicate that Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, had a different view of autonomous. From a Kantian moral philosophy, autonomous would be viewed as acting in accordance with one’s moral duty rather than one’s desires.


🗺️ Where Are We Headed?

Good friend Colin Harrison recent shared this post about how the Internet has changed how we view knowledge, leading to new challenges for teachers. With the evolution of digital literacy, concepts of truth and knowledge are constantly shifting, critical Internet literacy is essential for navigating this changing landscape.

Next week, Google I/O, the yearly developer’s conference is scheduled. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman denies reports of launching a search engine before Google I/O. Altman teases a secret announcement, hinting at updates on ChatGPT and GPT-4. OpenAI is rumored to be working on a new project that Altman describes as magical.

As an Internet researcher, I have to admit that generative AI has overtaken much of my online researching tasks. To that, many colleagues would bemoan the fact that I should continue to Google It! and use my online reading skills. From my perspective, Google as a search engine has gotten much worse over the last couple of years. At first, I thought it was just me.

It seems that Google’s focus on growth led to conflicts between different teams and a decline in product quality, particularly in search. Ben Gomes, a key figure in developing Google Search, was pushed aside by Prabhakar Raghavan, a manager who prioritized profit over user experience. Raghavan’s history at Yahoo and IBM shows a pattern of prioritizing growth over product quality. Find out more


⁉️ Moral Imperative

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant

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