Is it even possible, man, to see through all the hype about generative artificial intelligence? It’s like, can we really predict the long-term effects on education and white-collar jobs and adapt accordingly? I think we can, man. Let’s talk about two skills that are super important in many professions: writing and coding. These skills are on a collision course with the future, dude. Writing and coding are both about critical thinking and evolving technology. They’re like two sides of the same coin, bro.
But here’s the thing, generative AI is making it seem like we don’t even need to think anymore. It’s all about writing prompts or just copying and pasting prompts made by these so-called prompt engineers. Generative AI is impacting the teaching and practice of writing and coding in two opposite ways, man. On one hand, it’s democratizing access to expertise, allowing anyone to access all this knowledge about medical research or corporate English. But on the other hand, it’s eroding professional expertise and literacy, causing some serious problems.
There’s this article called “On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?” and it basically says that most language technology is designed to serve the privileged folks in society. And guess who has the most privilege? The people with the most expertise, man. Generative AI is designed to serve the experts, not the students. So, how do we support the experts while also making sure we don’t lose our expertise? We gotta focus on critical editing skills, dude.
Editing is a big part of writing. It’s about refining sentences, choosing the right words, and finding your style. But now, thanks to generative AI, professionals don’t even have to face the blank page anymore. They can start with a draft created by a chat bot. The same goes for coding. With GitHub, programmers don’t have to start from scratch. They can reuse code that someone else wrote. It’s a collaborative process, man.
But here’s the thing, critical editing needs to bring more critical thinking into the process. Professionals have to assess how well AI-generated text or code accomplishes its purpose and meets the audience’s needs. It’s not just about crafting better prompts for AI, man. It’s about developing and applying expertise. That’s how we cultivate critical editing skills, bro. We gotta focus on developing students’ expertise in key phases of writing and coding assignments without relying too much on AI.
Look, educators need to adapt, but they don’t have to feel lost. Writing and coding are converging, man. They’re getting closer than ever before. Some people even think it’s the end of writing and programming as we know it. Generative AI tools are allowing users to create programs by writing prompts in English instead of coding languages. Automation has always been a goal of coding, but now it’s becoming a goal of writing too. It’s changing the way we approach writing, man.
Generative AI is like a plagiarism machine. It takes ideas and styles without giving credit to the experts who came up with them. It’s like ChatGPT, which can list its sources but still doesn’t give individual writers credit. It’s like coding advice generated by ChatGPT, which fooled programmers because they’re so used to depending on others’ expertise. It’s all about sharing and reusing code, man. But in writing, reusing someone else’s text is plagiarism.
Some professionals are stoked about generative AI because it saves them time and makes their work more efficient. But for educators and students, it’s a different story. Education is all about learning and developing expertise, not just trying to save time for people who are already trained. It’s important to think critically and not rely too heavily on AI, man.
Like, this AI coding-assistant tool called GitHub Copilot is making coding more fun and efficient for senior software engineers. But what about those who teach coding and the students, man? We gotta be careful about how generative AI disrupts the teaching of coding and writing. If we don’t get it right, it could have serious consequences for higher education and the economy, dude.
Writing and coding are converging, bro. They’re facing similar challenges and we gotta figure out how to navigate this new AI-driven world. So let’s keep developing our expertise, staying critical, and not relying too much on AI, man.