Cyborgs Writing
Cyborgs Writing Podcast
Ep. 2 Being AI Skeptical
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Ep. 2 Being AI Skeptical

An Interview with Abbey Mitchell
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This semester, I've embarked on an exciting experiment: hosting a podcast series with students in my classes. The aim is to amplify student voices, addressing their questions and sharing their unique perspectives on various topics.

In my latest podcast episode of "Cyborgs Writing," I had the pleasure of talking with Abbey Mitchell, a student from my Introduction to Professional Writing class, who came into class very skeptical about AI

Abbey opened up about her initial skepticism towards AI, especially given her concerns about data privacy and the speed at which AI has been adopted in our society. This will resonate with many who are apprehensive about the growing influence of AI in both academic and personal spheres.

We also discussed the common fear of AI replacing creative jobs, particularly in writing. Abbey’s experiences in class highlighted how AI can serve as an aid to the creative process, enhancing writing rather than replacing the human creativity. It was enlightening to hear how her perspective shifted from viewing AI as a potential threat to recognizing it as a valuable tool.

From my standpoint as an educator, I shared insights on the practical uses of AI in teaching. I’ve found AI to be incredibly helpful in generating course materials and bringing clarity to assignments.

However, our conversation wasn't just about the positives. We delved into the ethical and practical concerns surrounding AI. Issues like the impact on critical thinking skills and the importance of data security are important to consider, especially for educators and students navigating this digital landscape.

A significant part of our discussion revolved around the concept of human-centered writing in the age of AI. We talked about the importance of maintaining authenticity and a personal touch in writing, even when leveraging AI tools. It's vital to remember that technology should enhance, not overshadow, human aspects of writing.

I am looking forward to continuing these enriching conversations next semester. If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed, or if you have any questions or topics you'd like us to explore, please feel free to reach out to me at lancecummings@substack.com.

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