You can make stuff

published28 days ago
2 min read

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Hi Reader,

Today, I'd like to encourage you to make something. There are examples below of people making things and you probably have enough skills to be successful at creating something, because the barrier to entry is quite low. Lots of what people are sharing is technical, but it's becoming easier and easier to make stuff with AI.

Worth Reading

The comments in this linkedin post are fascinating. Jason says, “I’m worried about my son. I don’t want him on devices all day. I don’t want him to use AI for everything. I don’t want his teachers to read his mind with AI. I don’t want his learning to be 100% personalized. I don’t want his school to track every single thing he does. I don’t want his teachers to read his emotions with facial recognition. And here’s the kicker: I don’t want my son’s learning experience to be dominated by chatbots that will drop everything immediately to help him with anything he could possibly want.”

A very real issue is that companies are building AI solutions that educators don’t actually want. We’re working very hard at SchoolAI to make sure that we are being thoughtful and deliberate and working closely with educators to make something that is useful and what we want to have as educators.

Worth Seeing

This Twitter thread is the source of our quote today. Jelle Prins shares excerpts from a leaked internal Google whitepaper which states that open source is innovating faster and cheaper than Google or OpenAI ever can. Cheaper and incremental updates can outrun progress on large expensive models.

The document also suggests that single individuals tinkering with their laptops can come up with innovations.

It questions the need for secrecy as OpenAI already knows and hires their people.

Fascinating document, which you can read in its entirety here.

Worth Hearing

This video demonstrates an early version 1.0 of an AI agent system created to generate media ideas for a Kris’ media company. The system collects and analyzes data from his own YouTube channel and Google news to create an email with a summary of an idea, an image of the thumbnail, and a summary of recent AI news. The agents who generate these ideas can engage in simulations to discuss ideas, and the system's User Prompt provides a structure to the discussion format.

Worth Quoting

“The barrier to entry for training and experimentation has dropped from the total output of a major research organization to one person, an evening, and a beefy laptop.” From the above-mentioned leaked internal document.

You may feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. You may feel like you’re not technical enough to do anything with AI, but there are people who are making it easier for you and you probably have a good enough computer to start doing something. It’s worth a shot.


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