Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

In the context of David Wiley's post on AI and instructional design, George Veletsianos focuses on the question, "What new knowledge, capacities, and skills do instructional designers need in their role as editors and users of LLMs?" Using the existing state of chatGPT as a guide, he suggests that "a certain level of specificity and nuance is necessary to guide the model towards particular values and ideals, and users should not assume that their values are aligned with the first response they might receive." At a certain point, I think we might find ourselves uncomfortable with the idea that an individual designer's values can outweigh the combined insights of the thousands or millions of voices that feed into an AI. True, today's AIs are not very good examples of dedication to truth, justice or equity. But that, I'm sure, is a very temporary state of affairs.

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