Ep 178: Teaching The Next Generation About AI

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Embracing Generative AI in Education: Preparing the Next Generation for the Future of Technology

In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, it's crucial for businesses, educators, and decision makers to recognize the significance of integrating generative AI into education. The recent episode of "Everyday AI" brought to light the challenges and opportunities associated with teaching the next generation about AI, emphasizing the importance of leveraging technology and preparing students for the future. This article aims to delve deeper into the subject matter discussed in the episode, highlighting the value of embracing generative AI in educational institutions and the pivotal role of businesses and decision makers in shaping the future workforce.

Recognizing the Need for Generative AI Education

The podcast episode underscored the urgent need for educational institutions to adapt to technological advancements, particularly in the realm of generative AI. As the business landscape continues to be reshaped by AI-driven innovations, it's essential for students to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to thrive in an AI-centric future. By integrating generative AI into the curriculum, educators can empower students to harness the creative and problem-solving potential of AI, while also fostering a deep understanding of its ethical implications and applications.

Empowering Students with Future-Ready Skills

Business owners and decision makers play a pivotal role in shaping the educational opportunities available to students. By advocating for the integration of generative AI into school curriculums and supporting initiatives that encourage students to engage with AI technologies, businesses can contribute to the development of a future-ready workforce. Providing resources, mentorship, and real-world applications of generative AI can inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields and equip them with the skills necessary to thrive in an AI-driven economy.

Fostering Collaboration Between Industry and Education

The episode highlighted the collaborative efforts between industry experts and educational institutions to create opportunities for students to engage with generative AI. By fostering partnerships between businesses and schools, decision makers can facilitate hands-on learning experiences, mentorship programs, and access to cutting-edge AI tools. These collaborations not only enrich the educational experience for students but also provide businesses with a pipeline of talent well-versed in the practical applications of generative AI.

Encouraging Lifelong Learning and Adaptation

The conversation surrounding the challenges of teaching the next generation about AI emphasized the need for students to cultivate a mindset of continuous learning and adaptation. Businesses and decision makers can support this by promoting a culture of lifelong learning within educational institutions and advocating for the availability of resources that enable students to stay abreast of technological advancements. By instilling a passion for learning and adaptability, businesses can contribute to the development of a workforce capable of navigating the ever-evolving landscape of AI technologies.

Closing Thoughts

As the world continues to be shaped by AI-driven innovations, the integration of generative AI into education is imperative for preparing the next generation for the future. By championing collaborative efforts, advocating for curriculum enhancements, and fostering a culture of lifelong learning, businesses and decision makers can play a monumental role in empowering students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a technology-driven society. Embracing generative AI in education is not just an investment in the future of the workforce – it's a commitment to driving innovation and progress in the digital age.


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Topics Covered in This Episode

1. Importance of Teaching AI to the Next Generation
2. Utilizing Generative AI for Creativity and Innovation
3. Learning and Adapting to AI Advancements


Podcast Transcript

Jordan Wilson [00:00:16]:
How do we teach the next generation about artificial intelligence. It seems like there's really not a cohesive plan. Right. Because whether you're talking high schools or universities, 2 year colleges in the US versus overseas, There's really not one plan on how to properly teach the next generation artificial intelligence, and it is one of the most in demand skill sets right now in the workforce, yet it can be hard, you know, if you're a high school student or a college student to to learn this. So, I'm extremely excited, today to talk about just that and how we can teach the next generation about AI. Welcome. If you're new here, my name's Jordan Wilson, and I'm the host of Everyday AI. We are a daily livestream podcast and Free daily newsletter, helping everyday people like you and me not just learn what's going on in the world of generative AI, but how we can all actually leverage it.

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Jordan Wilson [00:01:16]:
Alright. So Before we get started, if you're new here, please go to your everyday AI.com. Sign up for our free daily newsletter. Alright. So Before we talk about how we can teach the next generation about AI, let's first quickly go over what's going on in the world of AI news. So Elvis is coming back in AI form. So, the virtual reality show called Elvis Elvis Evolution, is coming soon, and it will use AI, holographic pro projection and augmented reality in live theater to recreate key moments in Presley's life. So this new show is a collaboration between Layered Reality and the owner of the Elvis Presley Estate Authentic Brands group who provided access to the star's personal photos and videos.

Jordan Wilson [00:02:07]:
So hey. Elvis is back. Thanks to AI. Alright. Our next piece of AI news is, well, will it kill us all? According to scientists, don't worry. There's only a 5% chance. So AI researchers from multiple universities in the US, UK, Germany, and others completed this study and just published it recently, and got feedback from more than 2,700 AI researchers. So the study revealed that a majority believe that there is a non trivial chance, so, yeah, 5% chance of human extinction due to the development of superhuman AI.

Jordan Wilson [00:02:43]:
However, there's also disagreement and uncertainty among researchers about those risks. Alright. And our last piece of news at least for today, Microsoft is bringing Copilot to everyone, in a way. So right now, Microsoft 365 Copilot, Microsoft's generative AI that lives in your operating system is really only available to a select few enterprise comp companies. However, just hours ago, Microsoft announced a new, addition to its keyboard with a dedicated Windows Copilot key. So, hardware partners will begin launching lap laptops and desktops with this new feature in the coming days. And here's why. It's like, alright, Jordan.

Jordan Wilson [00:03:24]:
Why are we talking about a keyboard key? Well, This is the 1st major change to the official PC keyboard in decades since the Windows start key was added literally in 1994. So if nothing else, this move shows a big commitment to AI in the personal computing space. Alright. There's always more news and more going on in the world of AI. So if you haven't already, make sure to go to your everyday AI.com. Sign up for that free daily newsletter for not just more on the shows That or the the news that we talked about today, but on the show today. Right? We always, bring on a great guest or 2, and recap what goes on in the conversation and how you can apply it to grow your business and to grow your career. So make sure, if you wanna know more about today's topic, To do just that.

Jordan Wilson [00:04:11]:
Alright. So with that now, let's talk about how We can teach the next generation about AI. So, we do have a little bit of a surprise here, that we're gonna unveil in a couple of minutes, So stay tuned for an everyday AI first. But let's go ahead and bring on to the show right now. There we go. We got him. Let's Unmute his microphone. There we go.

About Jim Barrood


Jordan Wilson [00:04:35]:
So please help me welcome to the show Jim Baroud, the the, the attack ecosystem leader in the New York City area It has been for the past 2 decades. Jim, thank you so much for joining the show.

Jim Barrood [00:04:46]:
Jordan, thanks for having me. I just wanna thank you for your leadership. I listen to you all the time, and I learn so much. So, thank you for for doing this for the community.

Jordan Wilson [00:04:56]:
Oh, absolutely. And and real quick, Jim, for people that don't know, I do. But tell a lit tell everyone just a little bit about your background because being a A tech leader for 2 decades. I mean, what does that exactly encompass?

Jim Barrood [00:05:10]:
Yeah. Well, I started my career, at an entrepreneurship center. And, so I led an entrepreneurship For most of 17 years, in New Jersey, and, so that got me interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology because most startups, right, Through all these cycles, right, that the whole Internet thing happened, you know, during my tenure there. And so I got really involved and And, you know, helping entrepreneurs throughout, throughout that experience. And then I ran a technology trade association For another 5 years, so that got me even more immersed in a larger platform in the New York City metro area, from Philly to New York City, including New Jersey, You know, helping tech leaders. And so, since 2020, I've been, you know, doing mostly advisory work, again, helping leaders, Helping companies grow, from start ups to corporates, and that's been a great experience. But I also have some, you know, side things that I do to help the community because it's sort of in my ethos, right, to help nurture the ecosystem. So I, you know, host events, have a podcast, speak on AI at conferences, And and connect a lot of dots.

Jim Barrood [00:06:18]:
So I help, you know, entrepreneurs, and I help, leaders sort of grow their businesses, in different ways, And so that's been really great. And the last thing I do is, you know, I've I've gone back to my educational roots. Right? Because, I had such great experience in higher end. I started some collaborations, not only on the team level, but, you know, exec I do some executive event briefings, You know, helping companies with understanding AI. So that's one. But I'm I'm even more excited about the teen stuff because, you know, teaching the younger generation It's really important to me. And so I I launched a new course, called Future Tech Skills so kids can learn about generative AI, But also learn about all the other skills that are important to, you know, complement technology. Right? That's gonna be really important, that human factor.

Jim Barrood [00:07:09]:
So Really excited about that, and as we'll get back get to it later in the in this program, we just launched a new, contest, for teenagers as well.

Jordan Wilson [00:07:19]:
So, yeah, it's it's super exciting, and I love, Jim, that even with all of your background and experience, You could be advising anyone. Right? You could be helping anyone, learn generative AI, to better use technology, to to grow their companies, to grow their careers. Why ultimately did you put a focus on helping, you know, students, learn this technology? What was that that thing that made you say, hey. This is something I wanna focus my time on teaching the next generation generative AI.

Jim Barrood [00:07:50]:
Well, you know, 2 things. Number 1 is the next generation is gonna be so important To our future. Right? So if we can't teach them, the, you know, the right ways to leverage technology, then we're hurting not only ourselves, but in Society in our future. Number 1, personally, I have 2 teenage daughters, and so I'm struggling. You know? As a tech leader, I'm struggling in teaching them The right ways to, leverage technology and avoid some of the downside risks.

Jordan Wilson [00:08:19]:
And What has been your take? So as someone, you know, with, you know, with, children, what's your take in general? Do you think right now, Schools, universities are doing enough. I've I've had my own, like, big rants on this. I personally think, you know, schools are, unnecessarily, you know, shutting down education to generative AI maybe because they don't understand it. But, I mean, what's your thoughts? Are are schools, You know, high schools, middle schools, universities, are they doing enough right now?

Slow education systems need to embrace technology.


Jim Barrood [00:08:51]:
Absolutely not. And, you know, if things, go really slow in schools, even, you know, colleges, except for a few very progressive teachers or administrators. They're usually behind the times, and and change is slow, and that's that's a problem because, as you know, everything is moving so quickly. And as we know, Students are taking advantage of the technology. Some of them are are using it, you know, to cheat. And and And on the other hand, you know, schools are banning it, which is probably the wrong, approach or definitely the wrong approach because You have to integrate it into your classroom as you've had guests on before, highlight. And so, it's a real challenge, And and the more we can sort of get out there and educate them on how to, you know, integrate and leverage the best parts of generative AI, Then we're just hurting ourselves and our young people.

Jordan Wilson [00:09:46]:
So let's let's talk about that a little bit here. So, Talk maybe just a little bit, Jim, if you can, what the future tech experience is, who it's for, and and kind of in building this, what is your end goal with this?

Jim Barrood [00:10:01]:
Right. So my end goal is really to educate the next generation, right, and to do it in a sort of dynamic way, which is is sort of, very approachable and and and fun. And so, this course, Some of the other courses I've developed for teenagers talks about, you know, a lot of things, right, but not just the tech part. Right? That's that is important, But the tech is always changing. Right? And so we have to keep updating that. The other parts are really more important. Right? Those soft skills, those communication skills, those Entrepreneurship skills. Remember, all young people are gonna have a dozen careers.

Jim Barrood [00:10:40]:
Right? And there's gonna be a lot of Freelance or side gigs, or side hustles, right, that they're gonna probably be doing. So, they have to be entrepreneurial. So now I've been talking about this for many, Many, many years. You know, the day of the gold watch after 30 year career, as I said, was over a long time ago. Now It's it's served not even, a reality in any sense. Right? And so young people are gonna have to learn to be more entrepreneurial, whatever they do, whatever path they choose. And it's, it's exciting. It's also scary.

Jim Barrood [00:11:16]:
And so this program sort of helps them So develop some of those skills and refer back to this this course work and these, insights because, they're they're really lifelong skills.

Jordan Wilson [00:11:29]:
Yeah. And it's it's almost, shocking to me. You know, kind of, Jim, the disparity. Because I I feel if you look even at the last 10 to 20 years, when you look at innovation, right, I feel it's always the younger generation. Right? When you look at, you know, kind of this web two point o, phase, It was always, you know, with social media. It was it was kids in their dorms building this. Right? At least for me personally, I haven't seen this, with at least generative AI. It seems like a lot of, you know, new innovation, new products, you know, companies that are being built and formed Are actually coming from people mid career, especially so someone with your background.

Jordan Wilson [00:12:14]:
Number 1, is this something you see? And number 2, What does that mean, for when we look now 5 10 years in the future? Do you see is there going to be this big, almost Gap where we don't have enough skilled, young people to take on these future careers.

Continuous learning key for success in technology.


Jim Barrood [00:12:33]:
Well, I I think, You know, the skill sets are changing all the time. So as long as the students have this curiosity and yearning to keep learning, I think they'll be okay. Right? And so, it's great that older folks are getting involved, and this is a great thing. You know, we always have to keep learning. Right? And that's really important sort of mindset, for us, you know, for everyone. And so it's great that older folks, middle aged folks, whatever, are being entrepreneurial, Doing stuff in Gen a AI, but there's a lot of young people too. We're just not hearing about it. So they're they're using it, in in so many different ways, and so so I'm excited about that, you know, going forward.

Jordan Wilson [00:13:11]:
Alright. And and speaking of using technology in exciting ways, I think you have something you've been working on. Right? A a little bit of a competition. Can you tell us about that? And then after that, we're actually gonna bring on Another guest. But first, can you tell us just a little bit about, what this challenge is working with teens?

Jim Barrood [00:13:31]:
Yeah. No. Absolutely. So, you know, the creation of a custom GPT, app store, right, which is what was announced, you know, a little while ago, it's really exciting. It only happens once in a generation. So the last time this happened was when Apple launched their App Store, And I I really was excited about this because the tools are so easy to use. You don't have to be a coder like the last time. Right? And, I remember developing app you know, apps, when it launched last time.

Jim Barrood [00:14:01]:
It was super exciting, but I had a developer, You know, working by my side to do it, but nowadays, you don't need to be a developer. It's plug and play and, you know, you can you can simply Put things together. Right? Come up with great ideas. Right? And so I wanted to take advantage of this this point in time To get out there with a with a challenge for young people. Right? They have amazing ideas, and this is a fun way To sort of have them learn about generative AI. And so, it doesn't take but it could just take a few hours. So it's it's digestible. It's approachable.

Jim Barrood [00:14:39]:
And I wanted to sort of start by by doing an experiment, which we'll get to later.

Jordan Wilson [00:14:44]:
This is so good. So Tell me tell me a little bit more, Jim. So if if someone's listening out there, I I know we do have, you know, like, Tara just said here, joining us live that, you know, her her kids are always to the podcast. So if there are whether they're they're high school students or maybe parents that have, kids, is this open to anyone? Is this just open to people in a certain area? How does this global GPT challenge for teens work?

Jim Barrood [00:15:08]:
Well, it's open to any teenager, and globally. Right? You just have to, Either register or submit the video. We just make it really easy. Right? Submit your video and your demo, you know, by February 11th. Right? And as you know, there's it's not only OpenAI, although that's the most popular. There are other, types of, bots or custom GPTs, that you can sort of use, whether it's Microsoft, Po. Even Zapier has 1. You could probably name a few more, but it's developing so quickly, and so it's so exciting.

Jim Barrood [00:15:46]:
And so that's why I wanted to get this out to the to the world, right away so so kids could take advantage of them and so we can leverage their creativity to see what great ideas they come up with.

Various low-cost, free tools for building custom GPT.


Jordan Wilson [00:15:58]:
Yeah. And that's and that's a good point, Jim, because, I think we hear about ChatGPT all the time. And, yes, you can build, You know, custom GPTs. But, yeah, like you said, you can do so in Microsoft, and then there's so many, really low cost or, you you know, Different options out there that have free plans. I know, like, Dante AI is a a very popular one. So, yeah, there's so many different, different tools that, you know, young people can use to to build a custom, you know, GPT for themselves. So let's actually maybe talk To to one of those students, if we can hear. So, I'm excited.

Jordan Wilson [00:16:33]:
So this is actually a first for the everyday AI show. We're on Episode like a 170 something. We've never had, we we have had 1, grade schooler on, who joined with his father, and then we had a college student on. But this is our 1st high school student guest, actually. So, I'm excited for that. So let's go ahead, And we're gonna talk, to, this student here a little bit. So let's go ahead and bring him on. So, Ezra, you are a 12th grader, from New Jersey.

Jordan Wilson [00:17:05]:
First of all, welcome to the show. Thanks for joining us.

Ezra [00:17:08]:
Thank you for having me. I'm glad to be here.

Jordan Wilson [00:17:10]:
So tell us tell us a little bit, just about what was your reaction, you know, when you heard about this, kind of global GPT challenge. I mean, had you been involved in, you know, creating, different things on ChatGPT previously. What was your response when you heard about this?

Ezra [00:17:30]:
So when I heard about it, I was excited because it's a it's a, Like, an interesting opportunity. I had been using AI previously to generate art mostly. I I like to write stories, and I write books. So I used, AI to make art for my books so that I could, add them in. So when I saw this, I was very excited, to To have this sort of opportunity because it's not one that I think happens very often, as Jim pointed out. So I was very excited.

Jordan Wilson [00:18:08]:
That's that's amazing. So let's go ahead. I'm gonna bring up if you're joining us on the podcast, don't worry. I'm gonna do my best to go ahead and explain what this is, but if you're joining us on the live stream, I'm now sharing a custom GPT. So, can you, talk a little bit about this, Ezra, about this custom GPT, and what was it like to build this?

Ezra [00:18:32]:
Yeah. For sure. So, Jim approached me, about creating a custom GPT, built around, him and a lot of his work. So, this GPT, how do I say this? It will help. This GPT is, sorry. Give me one second.

Jordan Wilson [00:18:56]:
No. That's okay. Well, here, I can I can even, get get us started here? So it looks like so if you're listening on the podcast, so it says here this custom GPT is and Train on gym's 25 plus years of experience, in nurturing entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology communities. So, essentially, Ezra, so is this kind of how this works is anyone can go. So maybe if you're an an entrepreneur Or maybe you're just a young person trying to build a business. Not everyone has access to someone like gyms, someone with decades of experience. Right? So, is that kind of, you know, one of the main benefits that you see for using, a custom GPT like this?

Ezra [00:19:37]:
For sure. I think that, you know, regular track gbt is great, but having, a gbt trained on Specifically, someone with so much experience, in this area, I think, could be greatly beneficial to to a lot of people. Alright. So

Jordan Wilson [00:19:52]:
we're gonna go ahead. We're gonna demo this Live. So, I have the gym GPT, the custom GPT that Ezra built as part of this competition. So, again, it's all based off of Jim's wide knowledge base and all of his years of experience. So I'm typing in, I've never built a business before. I love typing live. I I'm not very good at it. And then I'm gonna say, where should I start? So I'm just gonna go ahead and click enter.

Jordan Wilson [00:20:21]:
So, Ezra, so as this gym GPT is, responding here, can you just tell me a little bit about what was this process Even like building the custom GPT. So if if people aren't familiar, all you have to do is have a, ChatGPT plus accounts, and it's it's pretty easy, to build. But maybe can you talk a little bit, Ezra, about that building process and and what went into it?

Transcribe and upload content for question answering.



Ezra [00:20:50]:
Yeah. So, as you say, you need a ChatGPT plus account. And, the way it works is, You take your articles, your your videos. So Jim gave me a bunch of articles and videos and podcasts, and, I had to transcribe a lot of those videos and podcasts to be able to put them into a document and, submit them. So you upload your documents and articles, and it will Take that information and, train train itself and use it to be able to, answer questions. You can It it can there's an even more complicated level to it that I only just started to get into, but, I'm not even sure I can really explain that I'm not really I'm not I don't really understand it myself yet, but, it it it's it's really Amazing how simple it is, but at the same and and what you can get done with it. It's So I had to take all of the podcasts, all of the videos, transcribe them, put them into documents, and I would upload them. And some of them, you know, didn't always work.

Ezra [00:22:02]:
Sometimes it didn't understand the document. And so I had to go back in and, edit things and change the document or sometimes, change the, Change the the the document type because for some reason, it just doesn't always work. So that was always interesting.

Jordan Wilson [00:22:23]:
Yeah. And it you know, for those of you, not able to see the screen, so we did ask this question. I've never built a business before. Where should I start? And then the gym GPT that Ezra built spit out some great information going through. It looks like What do we got? A 10 step plan. Everything from, you know, idea generation and validation to the legal structure, financial planning, and then going all the way to bringing, a business to, fruition. And, you know, I'm actually live As I'm doing this, I'm I'm looking at the same thing on a general, GPT, and I'll even maybe share that here as well. So I did the exact same prompt, just in the standard GPT 4, inside of ChatGPT.

Jordan Wilson [00:23:09]:
And although we got kind of similar results, I actually think The, the gym GPT is much better because it does like Ezra said, it includes some of those specific things that only someone with decades of experience, can talk about. So, Ezra, first of all, nice job. This is awesome. Second, what is the biggest thing, that you learned from this experience.

Ezra [00:23:36]:
The biggest thing that I learned from this experience is probably the, Well, probably the importance of AI nowadays. I mean, this is gonna affect everything, in in the future, and I think that Yes. So the biggest thing that I realized was important.

Jordan Wilson [00:24:05]:
And then maybe, Ezra, so even Let's even just take a step back. First of all, were you learning anything like this in school? And If not, how do you think that this has prepared you for the future?

Ezra [00:24:20]:
So I am very thankful to have a very open minded school, with AI. So they encourage the use of AI actively.

Jordan Wilson [00:24:29]:
That's great.

Ezra [00:24:31]:
Yeah. It's amazing. So, In fact, last year, they had brought in a, an AI ambassador, an OpenAI ambassador And kind of someone well known in the space, Ron Maldonado, to talk to at school, and he came multiple times. And, currently, I'm interning at his company. But, Yeah. My school has encouraged use of AI for, our class. For, our steam class, we used it to help build a a sustainable community. We used AI to help with that.

Ezra [00:25:08]:
So, It's really great.

Jordan Wilson [00:25:12]:
Oh, that's amazing. And what, I mean, what a great spokesperson you've been for this global GPT challenge to to To come on a live stream and to be able to walk through and explain to people what you've built. That was really cool, Ezra. Thank you so much for for walking us through this as we, bring Jim back on. So, Ezra, you crushed this, man. Thank you so much for for coming to talk about it.

Ezra [00:25:34]:
No problem. Thank you for having

Jordan Wilson [00:25:36]:
Alright. Jim, that was really cool. So we just not only learned about the global GBT challenge, but we got a live walk through from a super bright, A student in Ezra showing us, how he did this. What was your risk, what was your reaction when you, you know, task a student With building you something that can actually be a little complex. What was your reaction in in how he did and how he, built this?

Jim Barrood [00:26:02]:
I was really delighted, Jordan. I was so impressed with his maturity, and his willingness, you know, to to do this and to be so attentive to doing this. And and and, you know, it it really makes me, us feel feel good about the future. Right? And so, Couldn't be more pleased. And as you can see, there's some schools like his, you know, that are very progressive, and we need to sort of, You know, hopefully, learn from those schools, and hopefully, that will spread throughout all the school systems across our country and across our planet because It really need to be taking advantage of the opportunities provided by generative AI rather than be scared of it.

Jordan Wilson [00:26:45]:
So what are some of the other challenges, Jim, when we talk about teaching the next generation about AI. So, you you know, like we already talked about, there is the piece where, you know, certain things, you just can't get this into every single school. It's great to hear that Ezra's High School is is, you know, ahead of the curve and and bringing much needed employment skills, to their students. But aside from the whole, you know, Colleges or, high schools banning generative AI. What are some of the other challenges in teaching the next generation?

AI's creativity potential, ethical concerns and bias.


Jim Barrood [00:27:19]:
Yeah. I think there's a few things that, educators and parents need to be aware of. Number 1 is, generative AI is a great creativity booster. You know, the the unbelievable amounts of creativity, that will be, let loose by generative AI going forward is going to be amazing, and we have to teach kids to leverage it as a starting point, you know, and to play with it, Right? And to see what can be developed. Now you can story tell, create whole movies just by typing in, you know, or talking to, A computer, which is amazing. So we're gonna see so much amazing, content coming out, and we're I'm really excited about that. But the important thing is to start and to and to and to play with it. Right? And the second thing is we have to be concerned about ethical AI and, you know, We have to be concerned about bias.

Jim Barrood [00:28:07]:
Right? We've concerned about cheating and leveraging AI in the right way. So we really need to to understand that, going forward, and we have to teach that. The third thing, you know, is that students should be using it, as a personal learning tool. Right? Personalized tutors are coming, fast and furious, thank god, right, so that everyone can be brought up to their to their proper level in the proper way so they can learn at their pace and their approach that makes sense. So students need to know that. Parents need to know that. Start taking advantage of some of those tools. Khan Academy has a great, AI, but there's others coming coming, and and being developed as we speak.

Jim Barrood [00:28:48]:
And then the last thing is, You know, I've spoken about this at at conferences is the downside risk. This is the scary part. Misinformation. Right? Deepfakes. This really scares scares the crap out of me. So, you know, we hear these stories about, you know, bad actors Or it could be bullies or it could be mean girls or boys that leverage this technology in the wrong way. And, and and even others try to extort money From parents, you know, faking the voice and and and doing things like that. So we need to be aware of it, and we need to verify sources, Especially as we go into this election season.

Jim Barrood [00:29:25]:
You know, misinformation is going to be a a real big concern, And so students and young people need to know that you just don't see something on TikTok and you believe it. And then I've heard it from my own kids. They they warned me about some things that were happening. I was like, Think about where you got that information. Go to a trusted source. And we have to keep now more than ever, we have to educate our kids about, you know, what to trust because, you know, we're going to a trust unfortunately, it's hard to trust anything now because anything could be faked, and so we have to be really careful about, what we see online.

Jordan Wilson [00:30:00]:
Yeah. And that's and that's a great point, Jim, because, you know, deep fakes, you know, as as we bring up, They're not new. Right? They've been around for, you know, 10 plus years. The quality just wasn't that great, and it took a lot more resources to build something like that. Now you can do it actually in, like, a minute or 2, which is kinda scary. But, one thing that I wanted to get to is, you know, I just even think of when I was, you know, Ezra's age, yeah, that was, you know, 20 years ago or something like that. But, you know, as I was, you know, starting my professional journey as a young college student, We we were kind of afforded. Right? This was kind of the, you know, web 2.0 craze or whatever you wanna call it.

Jordan Wilson [00:30:38]:
You know, when social media and communities came in and, You know, they're starting to teach those things in colleges, but it seems like, you know, both young, younger career, people, you know, people looking for their 1st job Had a very long time. You know? You had easily 5, 10, 15 years to learn, you know, proper email etiquette, how to use, you know, tools like slack or whatever. But it doesn't seem at least from my vantage point, it doesn't seem like you know, if if if you're graduating now, it doesn't seem like you're gonna have that 5, 10, 15 years, to adapt to generative AI like we, you know, kind of adapted to 2 point o. Is that something that you see as well? And if So what is your advice for students to quickly get caught up to speed?

Jim Barrood [00:31:22]:
Yeah. Well, clearly, everything is moving so fast, so you you are absolutely right. The good thing is there's resources out there where they can learn. So it's just about a motivational mindset to keep learning, And that is the best thing that, you know, students can have and and parents can influence their kids is to keep learning. I know how hard it is our teenage Daughters, it's hard to get them to to motivate to be motivated, but you have to keep trying and make it fun and dynamic. And, you know, your courses are great examples of that. You know? I'm taking the new one, the content one, and, I know the PPP one is a great one. And these are really, and Important ways to keep up because I know you always update your courses with the latest knowledge.

Jim Barrood [00:32:05]:
And so it's not that hard anymore. You can learn in bite size on YouTube or your courses or or things like that. And and so if they just start listening to the right people, that will help him keep up to speed.

Jordan Wilson [00:32:16]:
I love that plug. I didn't even pay you for that 1, Jim. But, yeah, if you want access to what Jim was talking about, we have our free prompt engineering, and Prime prompt polish course, and we just, launched a brand new 3 hour, free course as well touching on all points of generative AI. But As we wrap this up, Jim, what is the one takeaway that you want, people to hear? So whether it's it's parents listening to this, and they're like, wow. I had no clue that it was going to be like this for my son or my daughter or maybe a a high school student, maybe someone not as fortunate as, Ezra in in his school system that's allowing this. But as people are are hearing this and they're hearing what you're saying and they're like, wow. Okay. I've really got to understand this.

Jordan Wilson [00:32:59]:
What is your takeaway message?

Jim Barrood [00:33:01]:
The takeaway message is to get started. Right? Just do it. And parents, you could do it with your kids. Right? That's a great way to learn together. Educators, you could learn with your kids too, your students, and it's important that collaborative, process of learning new things together is really, you know, the most important takeaway.

Jordan Wilson [00:33:22]:
So much great information there. Jim, thank you so much for joining the Everyday AI Show. I really appreciate it.

Jim Barrood [00:33:28]:
Thank you.

Jordan Wilson [00:33:29]:
And, hey, as a reminder, we mentioned a lot in this story. So or in this, interview. You know? So if you want to, you know, know more about the global GPT challenge. We'll have that in our newsletter, as well as a lot of the other different, you know, tools. We talked to Khan Academy and custom GPTs, all of these different things. We're gonna be sharing about that all in today's newsletter, so make sure to go to your everyday AI.com and sign up for that free daily newsletter. And we will see you back tomorrow As we have on, an ambassador from OpenAI to talk about the secret skill for more effective prompting. So thank you for joining us.

Jordan Wilson [00:34:03]:
We'll see you tomorrow and every day with everyday AI. Thanks y'all.

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