Mindshifts and Megabytes: Thinking about AI

AI need not be world ending to be world changing

Two hours of context, historical frameworks, and thought experiments that give you a place to stand in the wave of change triggered by AI.

We don’t tell you what to think; we give you practical ways of developing your own outlook.

When you look at the image above, you can probably sense that it is AI generated. Does that change how you feel about it?

Not the first time

AI is not the first world-changing global media introduction in history.

After a brief historical overview, Mary Ann leads the group through an exploration of the ways in which the printing of books disrupted the dominant political and religious powers of the Middle Ages.

Extending this example to the introduction of AI, participants are prompted to use the Allison Group model of Social Dynamics to think about how AI may affect our lives.

As AI develops, participants will be in a better position to identify important trends and to understand and organize them in ways that enable better decisions.

Acting from understanding and confidence, participants will be more effective navigating the changing world and taking advantage of the opportunities AI presents.

AI for good

In this facilitated exploration of the benefits of AI, we use appreciative inquiry to explore positive uses of AI beginning with the ways participants use AI.

Mary Ann will then present some additional examples of current positive uses of AI, including:

  • reconfigurable and interactive robots for rehabilitation
  • tailored learning modules, especially for students with no access to schools
  • interspecies communication

Clare Black from Morley, UK, CCA 2.0 Wikimedia commons

Seeing is not believing

Every new communication media changes how we understand what the truth is.

AI generated deepfakes challenge our ability to share accurate news. We can no longer, at least for the moment, be confident that what we see is a valid representation of something in the real world.

We draw on the patterns of social change to explore the media structure of AI and fake news. Can bureaucratic laws, for example, match the speed of AI image development? When the structure of our solutions matches or functions ever better than the structure of deepfakes, we are more likely to succeed.

When we make better structural decisions, we can save ourselves time, money, worry, and frustration.

At the Musee D’Orsay, you can ask an AI, that responds as if it is Vincent Van Gogh, why the painter committed suicide. This is a very human question.

This is a representation of a Vincent Van Gogh self portrait, which hangs in the United State National Gallery of Art. CCO via Wikimedia Commons.

Giving ourselves time to reflect

AI-generated personas that seem human challenge our understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. When AI takes jobs, paints exquisite art, and responds to questions as if it is an historical person, we may very well wonder what makes humans special.

The Allison Group thinks it is important for all of us to understand and think about these challenges. We don’t think there is one correct answer and we don’t present one. We frame this question, so we all have time to think about our own answers.

When we are more confident of our place in the universe, we have lower stress and increased resilience.


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