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Blub World Web Talks Episode 232: Artificial Intelligence: Savior or Threat?

With over 4000 education mentors engaged, Blub World Web Talks continues to provide a platform for dialogue on pressing topics. 

Episode 232 of WTTP delved into the intriguing question: "Artificial Intelligence: Savior or Threat?" on April 10th, 2024 welcoming all the esteemed speakers to an hour where knowledge meets innovation and perspectives converge.

Ms. Shivani Trivedi, Product Manager, Macmillan Education, Lucknow, UP, India brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the discussion. Her words centred around the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its significant advantages. She began by shedding light on the transformative power of AI, emphasizing its ability to enhance decision-making processes. 

Overall, Ms Trivedi's advocacy for the benefits of AI resonated strongly with the audience, laying a solid foundation for further exploration and discourse on the topic. Her insights illuminated the potential of AI to drive positive change and innovation, inspiring attendees to embrace technology as a catalyst for informed decision-making and meaningful dialogue.

The 2nd speaker was Ms. Anju Sharma, Principal, Edumont World School, Patiala, Punjab, India, who approached the discussion with gratitude towards Blub World for providing a platform for such important conversations

Ms. Sharma's insights delved into the transformative impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the field of education. She acknowledged AI's potential to revolutionize teaching and learning methodologies, ushering in an era of innovation and efficiency. By leveraging AI-powered tools and technologies, educators can personalize learning experiences, cater to diverse student needs, and optimize educational outcomes.

Her insights encouraged attendees to critically examine the opportunities and challenges posed by AI, paving the way for informed decision-making and transformative innovation in the field of education.

Next was Mrs. Nazah Salawant, Vice Principal, Daffodil International School, Dhaka, Bangladesh who brought a unique perspective to the discussion by starting off with a story of her 7-year-old daughter and how she is also understanding the AI tools and chat GPT.

Through her narrative, she painted a vivid picture of how AI has become an integral part of the educational landscape, shaping the way students learn and educators teach. She highlighted the profound impact of AI on various aspects of academia, from enhancing learning experiences to streamlining administrative tasks.

However, amidst the celebration of AI's advancements, Mrs. Salawant emphasized the importance of maintaining academic integrity which is very important. 

Not only these but the hour was filled with more esteemed speakers as Ms. Shweta Mehta, Vice President, Shree Shankara Senior Secondary School, Raipur, Chattisgarh delivered a riveting address that captivated the audience's attention from the outset. In her address, Ms. Mehta began by praising the virtues of Blub World's platform, acknowledging its role in fostering meaningful discussions and providing a platform for insightful dialogue.

One of the key points emphasized by her was the imperative of nurturing critical thinking amidst the digital deluge. While AI undoubtedly offers valuable tools and resources, she cautioned against the passive consumption of information and the erosion of critical thinking skills. Siddhart Pruthi, the next speaker and the Principal of Mother's Pride High School, Bahadurgarh, Haryana started by stating AI is unbelievably smart but shockingly stupid because AI can give you answers for complex questions but it lacks common sense which is 100 percent true because while acknowledging AI's ability to provide quick and accurate answers to complex questions, he cautioned against overlooking its limitations. He highlighted the stark contrast between human cognition, which is driven by emotions and intuition, and AI, which operates on algorithms and data.

He urged the audience to resist the temptation to rely solely on AI for solutions, emphasizing the need for critical thinking and analysis.

As Mr. Sreekant Wadla, the Founder and Chairman of The Trellis School in Anantapuram, Andhra Pradesh, wrapped up the discussion, he ended thoughtfully. He asked everyone to think deeply about how we interact with Artificial Intelligence (AI) in today's "golden era" of technology.

While it's easy to celebrate the amazing things AI can do, He also wanted to remind everyone of the risks involved if we become too dependent on it. He encouraged everyone to be careful and thoughtful in how we use AI, making sure to navigate its complexities wisely.

In simpler terms, Mr. Wadla was saying that while AI is great, we shouldn't rely on it too much without understanding the risks. We need to be smart about how we use AI so that we can benefit from it without running into problems.

In conclusion, episode 232 of WTTP provided a platform for a rich and insightful dialogue on the role of AI in education and beyond. Through the contributions of esteemed speakers, the audience will be encouraged to critically examine the opportunities and challenges presented by AI, paving the way for informed decision-making and responsible technological integration.

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