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♟️ Why 1997 was not the end
AI vs. Human: A Historic Chessboard Showdown
In 1997, the world witnessed a watershed moment.
IBM's Deep Blue, an AI fine-tuned to dominate chess, squared off against the
legendary Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, taking the world by storm with a win.
But this was no ordinary game.
It was a symbolic clash between machine intelligence and human genius.
The outcome prompted introspection: Is the future of humans playing chess now
The Resilience of Chess: A Testament to Human Connection
Fast forward 26 years, and the chess world tells another story.
Far from fading into obscurity, chess has witnessed a renaissance.
Young people, especially, are flocking to chessboards and digital chess
platforms with renewed vigour.
I think it’s the palpable human connection.
While AI can calculate millions of moves per second, it lacks the emotional
depth, unpredictability, and narrative that human players bring.
The anticipation of a player's next move, the visible tension, the highs and
lows of a hard-fought game—these are experiences that AI can't replicate.
Humans are still a source of fascination.
The Classroom Conundrum: Can AI Replace Teachers?
As AI tools proliferate classrooms and administrative offices, educators
grapple with existential concerns:
Will there be a place for human teachers in future classrooms?
However, as the chess world has shown, human connection is still meaningful.
I would argue that human connection is the only thing that is truly meaningful.
It is what gives us meaning.
Teachers are much more than knowledge machines; more importantly they bring…
Instead of viewing AI as a looming replacement, where “robots” teach our
students, it's time to reimagine it as a sidekick.
It will be a powerful ally that can handle the tasks that turn us into robots
It is my view that if we integrate AI in the right way, then it will help
teachers to focus on fostering genuine human connections with their students.
Navigating the Future: AI as an Ally, Not an Adversary
The future of education demands a new vision of the roles humans and AI play.
It's a symbiotic relationship, where AI amplifies human capabilities without
The technological journey, from the iconic Deep Blue to ChatGPT, serves as a
testament to the rapid evolution of our world.
Yet, as we stand on the precipice of an AI-saturated future, a timeless truth
Human connection is irreplaceable.
In the realm of education, we are poised for a revolution.
Much like the post-Deep Blue chess world, AI's role in education will be
significant, but not solitary.
Machines may offer algorithmic perfection, but the authentic, heartwarming, and
sometimes challenging human journey remains central.
So, as we embark on this exciting new chapter, let's champion a narrative where
AI supports and uplifts the human experience.
🌄 More than chat - GPT
ChatGPT Pro users are in for a treat.
Over the next few weeks OpenAI will be integrating their image generation tool,
Dall-e 3, into ChatGPT.
Powerful image generators like Midjourney exist, but here are 5 reasons why
I think this is so important:
1. Enhanced Image Generation Capabilities
Dall-e 3 represents a leap in the AI area of image generation.
It excels in handling nuance and detail, making it more precise and expressive.
Compared to its competitors, such as mid-journey 5.2, it seems to manage text
and detailed descriptions more efficiently.
The model's ability to understand styles, inspirations, and specific criteria
allows it to produce images closer to what the user imagines.
2. Incorporation into ChatGPT
Dall-e 3 is natively integrated into ChatGPT.
This integration has two major implications:
User Experience: The native integration means that Dall-e 3
is more attuned to natural language prompting, reducing the need for intricate
Mainstreaming: Being built into ChatGPT offers a
significant distribution advantage. With ChatGPT already boasting hundreds of
millions of users, Dall-e 3 can tap into this existing user base, potentially
making it more accessible to a broader audience.
3. Potential for Multi-Modal Integration
Dall-e 3 signifies a move towards multimodal AI, which involves multiple types
of input or output, such as text and images.
Experts view this release as a stepping stone towards a future where AIs can
seamlessly integrate various modalities. The integration with ChatGPT hints at
the potential of future AIs to understand and generate both text and visuals in
4. Influence on Rival Companies
The release of Dall-e 3 poses a significant challenge to competitors like
While Midjourney has been a dominant player in the text-to-image space, Dall-e
3's integration with ChatGPT and its advancements in image generation might
disrupt this standing.
The competition will likely push both OpenAI and its competitors to innovate
further and release more advanced models.
5. Rapid Competitive Advancement
Rapid advances and releases in the AI space can be attributed to increasing
market competition. While this competition drives innovation and pushes
boundaries, there are concerns:
Safety and Ethical Implications: The race to stay ahead
might lead to companies compromising on AI safety measures, releasing models
without thorough testing or consideration of potential risks.
Industry Impact: This race can reshape the industry,
affecting how companies operate, their priorities, and their release
Here's a sample of what it can do (hedgehog aside, think of the
also, the video we made for dalle 3 is SO CUTE: pic.twitter.com/k1FOFTOsU5
— Sam Altman (@sama) September
Check out this X thread to see what else it is capable of (and why I think it
could be better than Midjourney - my favourite image generator)👇
DALL-E 3 Test:
Someone on Reddit suggested I ask DALL-E 3 to create a list of 50 objects and
then generate an image of them. It did.
Then I asked asked it "Can you create an image of a surfer holding these
objects in a big overwhelming pile as he struggles to surf?" #Dalle3 pic.twitter.com/87228uC4Gw
— Nathan Shipley (@CitizenPlain)
September 22, 2023
📈 40% higher quality work with AI
A study was published on the 18th September by social scientists from Harvard,
Warwick Business School and MIT who measured the impact of 7% of BCG's
consulting force (758 consultants) using AI in their workflow.
12.2% more tasks on
average, completed tasks 25.1% more
quickly, and produced
40% higher quality results
than those without.
👉 They finished 12.2% more tasks on average.
👉 They completed tasks 25.1% faster.
👉 They produced 40% higher quality results.
👉 AI's capabilities are uneven, making some tasks easier while struggling with
others that might seem similar in complexity.
👉 They consistently performed better regardless of prior introduction to AI.
👉 AI served as a "skill leveller": Lower-scoring consultants benefited the most
from AI, improving performance by 43% Top-performing consultants also improved
but to a lesser extent.
👉 When AI couldn't provide the correct answer, human consultants relying on AI
performed worse. Without AI, consultants were right 84% of the time, but with
AI, accuracy dropped to 60-70%.
👉 Over-reliance on high-quality AI can make individuals careless, as observed
in a separate study on recruiters. This phenomenon is termed "falling asleep at
This was not a group of teachers, however anecdotal evidence from around the
world suggests that a similar impact is happening within education for
My takeaway for this are that pedagogical skills and knowledge, subject
expertise and understanding of the students we are teaching are skill vital.
Top performing teachers will benefit from AI but they still need all of their
skills and knowledge.
This week I'm excited to be delivering professional development for:
👉 ISTIP - Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel
👉 Maritime Academy Trust
👉 MAT Directors with Inspiring Leaders
and guest lecturing at South Central Institute of Technology.
Also, join me on Wednesday at 4pm (UK time) for a LinkedIn Live conversation
with the Multi Academy Trust Association (MATA). I'll post the link on my
during the week.
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Dan Fitzpatrick - The AI Educator ✌️