Blog Post 3

“What our values are as educators and how we might envisage these values as operative aspects of online education as a sociotechnical practice. We need to ask not only what technologies can do, but where they fail in relation to our expectations of education. (16)” (Bayne, 2015)

When I think of cyberculture in terms of education it is natural for me to think about early education and the cyberculture that they experience. Which is through their parents, their homes, television, tablet games that they are given. I observe how AI is coming into their lives, into their education, the impressions that they are forming with AI. AI in their homes and cars, having varying control of their homes. It has been mentioned on Twitter that older generations don’t trust AI because of our first impressions of it through media and pop culture. What about this next generation? How will they feel towards AI, what have their first impressions of it been? Do they think that AI is trustworthy, even a natural part of their homes like electric lights or wifi?

I work with a few children in their homes and have seen that they are very comfortable with technology in their lives. Not necessarily in using it, sometimes they need help, but the very presence of the technology. Of having Google to talk to, telling it to turn off the lights, turn down the volume of the TV, etc. Next time I see them I’m going to make a mental note to ask them how they feel having Google in their home. Does it make them feel safe? Do they think that Google is a person with feelings?

On my Livestream, I have been trying not to depress myself with all the worry I see around technology. Fears of being watched all the time, no privacy, fear of AI taking all our jobs and leaving much of the world impoverished. I’m trying to refocus on all the amazing things AI is doing in the world, how it’s being used in education to help students who face different challenges developmentally, or emotionally. Technology has one thing that I as a teacher don’t, a bottomless pit of patience. And if you have all the patience in the world you can achieve a lot.

I don’t know if anyone else has seen this but I just found it and needed to share it! The Age of A.I. | Official Trailer https://t.co/jInrpoJD2q via @YouTube #mscedc

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Sometimes I find myself getting so paranoid by AI that I forget that some of us pursue it is because we want to make the world a better place Say Hi to Milo, the Autism Robot https://t.co/vl5unYm4PQ via @YouTube #mscedc

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If younger generations have interactions with AI at a young age what bonds may they build with AI? Will it change how much they trust it? Tega, the new robot in school https://t.co/bSvjdpGWsj via @YouTube #mscedc

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@SeanFlower3 Why is it that we are so distrustful of bots? Where does it come from? I think it’s because our first impressions of AI is through sci-fi and the impression is not often very flattering. I wonder if a new generation with new impressions of AI will have the same pattern #mscedc

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