The GSV Big 10: Software is Eating the World, but AI is its Teeth
Here's your weekly coverage corner for the top 10 stories, insights, and major plays in learning and skilling.
#1 AI bot ChatGPT stuns academics with essay-writing skills and usability
AI has become the Wild West of learning, and ChatGPT might be the Gold Rush. While there's a difference between accelerated learning and outsourcing your brain, ChatGPT is the first of many applications that can be game-changing.
#2 Kids Don't Want Cash Anymore–They Want 'Robux'
While adults may be skeptical of the metaverse, kids are already immersed in it. In 2021, Children ages 12 to 17 spent over $1,100 a year online, up 2x from 2019. That’s over 3x as much as parents spend on toys per child in the US…points are starting to have as much currency for kids as fiat currency.
#3 Getting More Men to Teach in Early-Years Education
There are twice as many women flying U.S. military planes as there are men teaching kindergarten. We all benefit from bringing diversity to all aspects of learning and living.
#4 Loft Dynamics raises $20M to tackle pilot shortage with VR training
The obvious killer app for VR is where someone can get killed: pilots, doctors, and CIA operatives. While immersive VR has been around the corner for twenty years, it’s actually here.
#5 The Case Against Private Counselors for College Admissions
You don’t lift society up by pulling other people down. There’a reason why communism hasn’t worked…ever. The real goal needs to be to raise all boats, not to sink the ones that are sailing.
#6 Homeschooling Opponents Suffer from 'A Revulsion from Distinctness'
While some people make fun of homeschooling, what’s not a joke is how our public schools are failing way too many students. COVID accelerated a lot of things, but parents seeing first hand how upside-down many classrooms are has resulted in a lot of Mama Bears saying “enough is enough.”
#7 Will ChatGPT Kill the Student Essay?
It's a little too early to figure out if ChatGPT will kill the student essay. No matter what happens, being able to write and communicate effectively is foundational for every person, and that's not changing anytime soon.
#8 Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott on how AI language models can democratize education: “It creates a bunch of opportunity”
While Alphabet and Meta have spent over a decade building out their AI departments, Microsoft is quietly winning the battle for consumer mindshare. Between their strategic partnership with OpenAI and their acquisition of GitHub, Microsoft is leading the pack for big tech.
#9 Introducing the GSV Workforce Insights Board
Employers are the fourth pillar of education. We are honored to celebrate the distinguished members of GSV’s inaugural Workforce Insights Board who provide invaluable leadership around workforce learning. Read more about this group here.
#10 Creating and playing games
Invisible learning will become more visible through mastery-based learning. AI might help students write essays, but it won't replace learning by doing.