An Interview with ChatGPT

Posted on: 8 April 2024 by Professor Dave Webster in General

A person interviewing ChatGPT

How will the intersection of AI and education redefine the future of learning, and what steps must we take today to ensure that this future benefit everyone equally? And if you could sit down with Generative AI in an interview, what questions might you ask?

Tune into our latest episode of "Learning to AI" with Professor David Webster and ChatGPT, as we explore the transformative potential and challenges of integrating generative AI into academia. From personalising education to addressing ethical concerns and envisioning the university landscape of 2050, discover the role of AI in shaping a dynamic ecosystem of creativity, innovation, and lifelong learning. What future are we building, and is it one where technology serves the common good?

Speakers: Professor David Webster, Sky (ChatGPT 4)

Date: 08 April 2024

Learning To Ai Episode 2 - An Interview with ChatGPT

(Learning to Ai Episode 2 - An Interview with ChatGPT Podcast Transcript)

In this enlightening episode of our Learning to AI podcast series, I, (Professor David Webster) engage with an unconventional yet incredibly insightful guest—ChatGPT. The discussion delves into the transformative potential of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and Large Language Models (LLMs) within the realm of higher education. We explore a spectrum of topics, starting with the unparalleled opportunities these technologies present for democratising learning through personalised education. We address how AI can tailor educational content to individual student needs, thereby revolutionising the traditional learning model.

However, the conversation does not shy away from the challenges and risks that accompany the integration of AI into academia. We critically examine issues of academic integrity, highlighting concerns around AI-generated content and its implications for plagiarism and originality in student work. The potential for AI systems to unintentionally perpetuate biases and the importance of developing strategies to mitigate these risks are also discussed in detail.

We also touch upon the essential human skills that are at risk of being overshadowed by an over-reliance on AI, such as creative thinking, empathy, and ethical decision-making. The dialogue emphasises the pivotal role universities play in nurturing these competencies, ensuring that the advancement of AI technologies complements rather than diminishes the essence of human-centred education.

As we envision the future, the conversation shifts to the actionable steps that educators, policymakers, and institutions need to take to harness the benefits of AI while navigating its ethical and societal implications. We explore the development of inclusive policies that promote access to AI technologies, fostering an environment of lifelong learning and preparing society for an AI-driven future.

Closing on a speculative yet optimistic note, we imagine the university landscape in 2050, where technology and human ingenuity have merged to create a dynamic ecosystem of creativity, innovation, and lifelong learning. This envisioned future underscores the importance of a collective effort to adapt to the changing educational needs, emphasising the role of universities in leading the charge towards a future where technology unequivocally serves the common good.

Join us as we navigate these complex yet fascinating discussions, offering insights into how the integration of AI in higher education can shape a better future for all. Please also visit our dedicated webpages for more information on Generative AI at the University of Liverpool.

Podcast produced and edited by Rob Lindsay with Professor Dave Webster and Sky (ChatGPT 4).

Full transcript of the interview available here.