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Stephen Downes

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This is an interesting post the gist of which is that if we want to understand AI then we should get hands-on experience with it. "It is important to build up some tacit knowledge of how these tools behave, and how they can surprise." The focus is mostly on generative AI, but I think it would be useful to try for a broader range of experience - for example, I've spent a lot of time using AI, from training Feedly's Leo to prioritize posts, using it to transcribe audio recordings, and using it to help improve the quality of my photos (not to alter them, but to do things like improve colour balance, sharpen the image, and de-speckle), and more recently, generating code snippets. I think this sort of learning provides a much better grounding that relying on stories. As it always has.

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