“Much has been written about the potential for digital tools to modernise teaching and learning, but as yet, we haven’t seen whole-scale digital disruption and transformation”
Generative artificial intelligence, of which ChatGPT is perhaps the most famous example (although there are many others), has, in the few short months it’s been widely accessible, completely transformed the way we understand the potential of technology in our lives. It has brought into stark contrast the balance between the power for good, and the power for, well, less than ideal, in rapid technology advances.
There have also been suggestions that generative AI challenges those areas of creation that, some claim, are central in defining our humanity: for example, the creation of art, music and literature. Algorithms can do all of these things and, in increasing instances, in ways that can’t be easily distinguished from original human endeavour.
So, what does this mean for education?