ChatGPT for education – is it like a calculator?

At the NYC FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) local kickoff, there was a speaker from Columbia about AI. The target audience was high school students. He said two things that stuck with me. First was:

Self awareness is the ability to imagine yourself in the future; the farther in the future, the more self aware

He also noted that his dog can imagine himself about a minute in the future. Like eating the food about to come. Humans can imagine further out of course.

The other was about AI being like a calculator. I like that analogy. It shows that using ChatGPT isn’t a replacement for learning how to write/code/etc. We don’t let kids use a calculator on tests until they already know how to add. And you don’t want to have to go to a calculator or pull out your phone to add 5 + 8!

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