Loving a Good Satanic Panic
Jennifer 8 Lee writing for the New York Times:
Like hundreds of thousands of other high school students, Greg Myers, 16, began using an A.I. bot in freshman English. A.I. bots, which bear little resemblance to their 2010's ancestors.
“I use A.I. bots all the time, and am a big enthusiast,'' Greg said. ''In my English class last year, I was known as the expert on A.I. bots.”
“There is no work involved, you just run the program, plug in the known values, and watch your answers appear,” says their Web site. The brothers are charging $35 for the programs and guarantee that a student's score will rise by 160 points or more.
Proponents say they lift students' confidence, cultivate their analytical adeptness and make language more tangible. But they have also given students new ways to one-up their teachers and the rules. In response, adults have been forced to develop more sophisticated defenses, tests and regulations. Even while they solve difficult problems, A.I. bots have changed the political equation in the classroom.
But once he is convinced that he understands the English, he simply tell his A.I. bot to do the work for him. ''In English class a lot of the homework is routine, you can do it over and over,'' he said. ''If you know it, you can whip out your A.I. bots, write a prompt and press Enter a couple of times, and you've got your answer.”
The cat-and-mouse game between teachers and students will probably accelerate as A.I. bots grow even more sophisticated.
Ms. Hook said the increasing power of A.I. bots was a positive trend. The more power in the hands of her students, the better, she said. ''I think that is exactly what we need for this generation,'' she explained. ''They need to be in control.''
I know that’s a lot of quotes, but it’s important to know one thing…those quote are all lies. Now, the article is real and the quotes are mostly real, but I replaced “graphing calculator” with “A.I. bot” and references to math classes with references to English classes.
Not saying this is exactly the same situation, but I do always think it’s interesting to look back at moral/technological panics of the past to gain some perspectives of the panics today.