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EP 2: Bill Gates hints AI could replace teachers

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Brandon’s Background

Jordan Wilson [00:00:02]:

Bill Gates kind of hinted that AI chat Bots might kind of replace teachers. We’re going to talk about that and other things that are happening in AI news. This is everyday AI. I am your host, Jordan Wilson, and we have a guest today. It’s our second show. We’ve already got a guest, but it’s a special guest because because Everyday AI is a daily stream and podcast brought to you by Accelerant Agency. And so I have my coworker here at Accelerant. Brandon, why don’t you introduce yourself and give people a quick update on your background?

Brandon [00:00:42]:

Yeah, so my name is Brandon Vargas, so I kind of work with all things content for Accelerant. So I do a little bit of everything from SEO, website design, general graphic design, ads, things like that. So prior to this, I worked at kind of like, generally speaking, you call, like, sports consulting, customer experience firm. And so I was kind of their marketing department in that instance. But really, in the case of AI, I haven’t really been exposed to it before working with Accelerant, and now that’s kind of all we really use. And so kind of flip the switch from not knowing much about it to using it daily.

Can AI Replace Teachers?

Jordan Wilson [00:01:20]:

I love that. I also like you worked it in there, Brandon. Flip the switch. The old podcast you worked on. Yeah, Brandon has done amazing things. We’ll go ahead and give engagement a shout out. Go check them out. So let’s do a quick rundown of a couple of the top news stories today in the world of AI. As I kind of alluded to yesterday, it’s changing every day. If you take a week off from following AI developments, you can almost kind of feel lost. But as a reminder, that’s what this Daily Show in our daily newsletter is all about. It’s about helping everyday people like you and me and Brandon stay up to date with everything that’s going on in AI and also how we can use it in our everyday lives, in our careers, in our personal lives. The applications are endless.

So before, just as a reminder, hopefully you’re watching this live, we just got a comment coming on about the sound. So Richard, that’s a great question. I think we have sound on our end, maybe on LinkedIn or depending on where you’re watching, you might have to toggle the sound on. So hopefully you get that figured out. But let’s just jump right into it. So let’s start with the Bill Gates story saying just an interview came out yesterday saying that he thinks that AI Chat Bots will teach kids to read within 18 months and that people will be stunned at how it helps. Brandon, even with your interaction with AI so far, what do you think of that statement? Is it far fetched?

Brandon [00:03:00]:

No, I was just actually thinking about this yesterday, and I feel that although right now, schools and professionals will push against it. I actually feel that they’re going to have to end up adapting just because it’s taking over so much that there’s no way they can kind of integrate it for the better, as opposed to having kids use it to not actually learn. So I agree.

Jordan Wilson [00:03:24]:

Yeah. I think what happens in education, which is what this article again, he’s not saying teachers are going to get replaced. That’s not what he’s saying. But saying that kids are going to be able to learn just from talking to or talking with AI or learning to read, I think is one of the examples which fundamentally changes, at least in my opinion, what AI can mean to people.

Full disclosure, I’m actually taking an executive AI coach at Kellogg, the graduate school at Northwestern, and AI has actually been really helpful for me because I’m learning about things that I generally haven’t known or used in years past. When I say I’m an everyday person, I am. I’m not out here building applications. I’m not a developer. But learning things in this class and having to explain things like regression modeling and decision tree. I’m watching Webinars and they’re great, but then I’m also learning on the side with ChatGPT, which if you haven’t used ChatGPT for that, you really should. It’s obviously based on pre or only 2021 and sooner. There’s ways around that, but that’s for another episode. But for me, even it was a great way to supplement my learning. Brandon, is there anything that you just had kind of AI kind of explained to you before, or not yet?

Brandon [00:04:59]:

Yeah, a lot of things. Honestly. I mean, anytime we’re using it for SEO related writing, there’s tons of things. It’s literally teaching me as I’m writing about something that I barely you send me know about and you’re more so doing keyword matching. So honestly, it’s like all the time I’m learning things. I can’t think of an example, but definitely, yeah.

Snapchat’s New AI 

Jordan Wilson [00:05:23]:

All right, well, hopefully we’re not having mic issues. Richard, thanks for the heads up. Everything looks good on our end, so we’ll have to check this after the fact. So hopefully someone else out there is able to hear us, but let’s keep diving in. So another just broad application. Brandon and I love your thoughts on this. I’m too old for Snapchat and most traditional social media, but Snapchat a couple of days ago kind of just released an AI bot, I guess, that everyone can go in and talk to. Have you seen anything about this and what’s your reaction?

Brandon [00:06:05]:

Yeah, no, I’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook, Instagram, people, like, screenshotting their conversations with AI chatbot. I think it’s interesting because so far we’ve seen AI use from a learning perspective, and not that you can’t learn on Snapchat, but I’ve seen it used more as, like, a friend. So I think this is going to be an interesting kind of outlet for AI and how it’s used in a form of companionship. So I do think that’s interesting. Side note, I did check the LinkedIn. I do have sound on my end when I open on a separate tab. So, anyways, yeah, that’s what I think will be interesting. And that’s more getting into the ethics of AI and that could be a whole separate conversation, but that’s where I’ve seen it use ethics for people in my generation and younger so far.

Jordan Wilson [00:06:53]:

Yeah. And I think that a lot of people, when they’re looking at this, the Snapchat AI people, are just trying to jailbreak it and they’re trying to get it to say funny things, but I think it represents something larger than that. The thing that I’m really interested in when I saw this news from Snapchat is what it means for just the adoption rate amongst young people. Right. I do think that there’s a lot of younger people using ChatGPT to help write their papers and things like that, but maybe not for anything else. Brandon, I’d love to get your thoughts on how do you think that this will help just the younger generation learn to talk to AI and also be comfortable with it?

Brandon [00:07:44]:

I think it’ll allow them to… like right now, we’re trying to adopt what are the best ways to use AI, what are the best prompts. And so for people in the future that can learn it at a younger age, they’ll already be way ahead of others, still debating whether or not that it even should be used within a professional setting. And so I do think that it’ll allow people to kind of use technology for, again, everyday use, like we’re talking about on this podcast. And so, yeah, I think getting back to the original question or statement by Bill Gates, if you implement even just learning how to read from it, it’s going to help you so much more than learning traditionally as you would in school and then trying to adapt it later in your career.

Jordan Wilson [00:08:31]:

Yeah. And I do think for those in the younger generation that maybe didn’t jump on the first ChatGPT kind of bandwagon, which I didn’t even talk about in the introduction yesterday. So if you’re absolutely brand new to AI, ChatGPT is one of the bigger technologies or software releases around AI that really opened it up to the masses. I believe the status there was 100 million users in the first five days, which most, even the most popular social media platforms, Netflix, Amazon to get 100 million users, it usually takes 4, 5, 10 years sometimes. So five days is crazy. Right.

So I think for those in the younger generation that didn’t first jump into that first initial wave for ChatGPT, I think Snapchat is actually going to do so much to drive adoption to this technology. So I’m super excited to follow along and see how that pans out.

LinkedIn’s New AI

Yeah, one last news note for today in our second ever episode of everyday AI. LinkedIn also with some big AI announcements. So if you haven’t seen it, I believe they just announced it last night. Essentially, I think it’s for premium only. So it also looks like a play to potentially drive some premium subscriptions to get people to pay for LinkedIn monthly. But essentially LinkedIn is releasing an AI that’s going to just help you rewrite and redo and improve your entire LinkedIn portfolio, top to bottom. Kind of a game changer. What do you think?

Brandon [00:10:24]:

No, I agree, especially for my generation younger. I feel like less and less people are hopping on LinkedIn or even knowing, and then they graduate. It’s like, oh shoot, I have to set up a LinkedIn account. So I feel that at least with this, it’ll help them to jump start it. I know for whatever reason, it seems to feel like a daunting thing to set up. Like your profile, having the right language, making sure you’re appealing to whoever, whether you’re trying to put yourself out there for your career to apply to a job.

So I think this will help people to feel like, reassured that, okay, if AI is helping me, then it has to be better than what I can think of, even though that’s, again, another topic. But I think that is something that’s going to help. And then even people currently that have been using it for years, there’s always room to improve. And so I think that it’s going to be an interesting use case.

Jordan Wilson [00:11:16]:

Yeah, I don’t know if in the long run it’s going to drive new premium subscribers. I don’t know if that’s LinkedIn’s thought because for the most part, if you’re just going for that, it’s kind of like a one and done. But I know that they’re also offering more than 100, looks like launching 100 different AI courses, which is huge. I think if anything else, this might just be an attempt to get people to stay along on the LinkedIn platform longer, to maybe reduce churn, some of those things. I don’t think this is going to help people or to help LinkedIn, I should say drive in millions of new users, at least on an ongoing basis.

But I think it’s a really cool feature if you just need to go out and get a new job or if you’re already been job seeking for a while. I think it might be worth it to just pay for it for a month, test it out, and you might not need it after that unless you want to hang on for those 100 courses. 

Learning AI as a Younger Professional

Brandon, I want to get back to a couple of questions because obviously a lot of the things if you go check out your everydaya.com brandon well, let’s be honest and we’ll save this for another episode, so much of this show in general and even what’s on our website, so much of it is coming from AI. But Brandon, I’d love to hear your experience. There’s a lot of professionals like you out there, people who are younger, just a couple of years out of college. What, you’re three years out?

Brandon [00:12:48]:

Yes, three years.

Jordan Wilson [00:12:50]:

Three years out of college. So a young professional who are trying to really just grow in their careers. I’d love to just hear from you, Candidly. What were your thoughts around AI when you first started to learn about it? Whether it’s visual things, whether it’s written content, what were your thoughts and did you have like an AHA moment when you were using it that you’re like, okay, this is something that can really help me in my career?

Brandon [00:13:18]:

Yeah, I think at first, of course, I was clueless at half of the capabilities and power that AI has both from everything from mid journey to just Chat GPT, even Jasper, things like that. And so I think at first it was more like, oh, this is cool, I think this can definitely be useful. And then when you really see the capabilities like, oh, this is the future. And getting back to yesterday’s episode, this is the new employee technically, but not in the sense that it’ll, in my opinion, replace you.

I think the big AHA moment for me was just realizing that it’s more getting ahead of the curve and adapting your position from being that graphic designer to being the person that’s the best at understanding mid journey, for example, and being able to use prompts to generate what you need in the fastest amount of time as an example. And so I think for me, as I’ve been exposed over the past year and a half to more and more of AI use, I’ve realized that it’s learning how to adapt and implementing that so that you can one already be ahead of the curve. And at least for the next year or so, that’ll give you that edge to get more jobs. But then after that, when everyone’s kind of caught up to you, you’ll just have to be able to understand at a higher level or always know what the latest or newest thing coming out or whatever is happening in order to kind of keep ahead of the curve and be able to adapt to what’s going on. So that’s just my thought and that’s what I’m starting to realize.

Jordan Wilson [00:14:54]:

Yeah, no great thoughts. And for those of you out there that may not be aware, we will be going in later episodes, we’re going to be here every day. So things Brandon was talking about, like mid journey, so that’s something that helps you create just amazing images. It’s crazy. So we’ll have that on a later date. And also he mentioned Chat GPT, which I think most people know about, but it’s just helping you write, research and analyze things. And Jasper, which is really cool tool that we’ve actually been using since 2020, where you can create great written content and it has some other features, so we’ll be diving into all those things. If you heard something and you’re interested, stay tuned both later this week and in the weeks to come, as I’m sure we’re going to be dedicating certain episodes to some of these different creatives, some of these different outputs and channels.

Final Thoughts

So I think that’s a wrap. We made it 15 minutes, Richard. And those that maybe were not having sound issues, thank you for sticking with us and getting it to work out. And as a reminder, it’s not just a live stream. Every day, Everyday AI will be on your favorite streaming platforms. Apple podcast. Apple podcasts? Spotify podcasts. All of them. Go look us up. Please subscribe.

And I have to put in one plug. We’re probably going to mention ChatGPT on just about every episode. It’s hard not to. And we are giving away two premium subscriptions for a year. It’s $20 a month. We’re going to cover for you. So go to your Everyday.com and just go ahead and sign up for the daily newsletter. And you’re going to have information on how to enter into the contest. And it should be pretty easy. We’re a brand new show, Brandon, right? Like, we have we have five to ten subscribers right now. Great chance to win a year of ChatGPT. So thank you again for tuning in and we will see you tomorrow.

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