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🚀 Touch the future!
My adventurous journey in AI land has this week taken me to the sunshine state
I had the privilege of keynoting at the STEM Leadership Alliance Summit in
Orlando. Imagine being surrounded by a galaxy of brilliant minds, all fervently
shaping the future of education in the USA. Their passion is infectious, and
their resolve unshakeable.
Last night I carved out some time for an intriguing escapade in Clermont.
There, I crossed paths with Lyndse and Nick. The Senior Director of Innovation
& Technology at Orlando Economic Partnership, Lyndse brings an electrifying
energy to her role. We chatted about the future of upskilling for the AI era
and Lyndse's approach to helping people with wellbeing. Very inspirational. Her
husband Nick is a trailblazer carving his own path in the realm of fashion
entrepreneurship. Ever stepped into a store where every item tells a story?
That’s Nick’s Thift
Headz for you. This 'treasure trove' is a playground for
lovers of unique, pre-owned clothing.
On Friday, I embarked on an extraordinary encounter at the iconic Kennedy Space
Centre at Cape Canaveral. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Ariana
the Client Partner Government and Aerospace for Unity and Brittany, a metaverse
creator, NASA developer Kurt led us on a breathtaking tour of one of the most
iconic places on earth.
As Kurt led us through a tour that can only be described as transcendent, we
were awestruck by the gargantuan Saturn 5 rocket, the very likeness of the one
that propelled the Apollo astronauts to the moon, and the awe-inspiring
Atlantis Space Shuttle. Amidst these marvels of human achievement, I paused to
remember the brave Challenger astronauts who gave their lives for space
exploration in 1986.
This memorial to teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe really struck me:
We're surfing the cutting-edge of a world-altering techno-revolution.
We're not talking steampunk dreams or dystopian futures. This is now. A world
where hyper-intelligent algorithms, fuelled by behemoths like ChatGPT, are
poised to send shockwaves through every societal construct, from Westminster to
Wall Street, from a high-tech startup to your nan's knitting club.
The hallowed halls of traditional education systems are not immune to this
tidal wave of change. Our schools, colleges and universities must learn to
dance with this digital dynamo, ensuring the future-proofing of their hallowed
halls and, crucially, the students wondering around them. AI's potential to
shake up education is as tantalising as a Hendrix solo – not only changing what
we teach, but how we rock that stage (Sorry - I’m listening to ACDC as I write
Critics hone in on the off-key notes, but focusing on these misses the
intoxicating symphony of possibilities AI could bring to the education stage,
blasting us into a future we're only just beginning to imagine.
Students are already riffing off this beat, embracing AI with fervour. The
maestros of this digital symphony are not the AI models, but us, the humans
pulling the strings. We have the potential to light up the stage, harnessing
the raw power of AI to create a future concert that outshines anything we've
seen before (Sorry still listening)
Don't let the fear of the 'final encore' stop you from embracing the
transformative power of AI.
We need to throw open the stage doors and turn our educators into AI-savvy
rockstars. This includes access to cutting-edge tech, collaborations across
disciplines, and a chance to innovate Box 3 style!
The world's constantly evolving tune is seeing AI join the band with each
passing day, playing a more significant role. Institutions face a simple
choice: ride the wave or suffer at the hands of competitors who are using AI
(that includes schools). We should be embracing AI, not as a scary unknown, but
as a tool that equips our students for the future, constantly touching the
The goal is clear: empower students, broadening the scope of education. AI
isn't a scary monster; it's the funky new instrument we all have to learn to
play. Wishing it away? Take some guidance from Christa McAuliffe and touch the
This week I'm looking forward to speaking about AI at:
- Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Meyers
- PBS Studios in Tallahassee, Florida
Have a great week and thank you for reading.
If you need me I'm at [email protected].
Dan Fitzpatrick - The AI Educator ✌️