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Why I’m not too worried about generative-AI making our students less skilled

In recent years, the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning has revolutionized the way we interact with technology. One of the most impressive developments in this field is the creation of language models such as ChatGPT, a tool that is changing the way students of computer programming learn and study. In this blog post, …

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The Existential Crisis as Ensemble: Text, Context, and the Role of Choice in the Making of Meaning

I’m just out to find / the better part of me. —Five for Fighting, “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” I have an existential crisis about once a week. Upon writing that sentence, I’m realizing I don’t know precisely what an existential crisis is—that’s just what my wife and I call these episodes. Fortunately, the initial Google …

Review of Ancient Christians: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints

The world of ancient Christianity can be daunting, complex, and easily misunderstood. In fact, unless you hold multiple PhDs in archaeology, art history, ancient near eastern studies, patristics, classics, and theology—not to mention the ability to read Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Syriac—then you may be at a loss for where to even begin learning about …

ChatGPT and the Near Future of College Writing   

Last November, OpenAI, a Bay Area research company specializing in artificial intelligence, introduced the universe to a program called ChatGPT-3. Within five days, one million people had jumped on the program to play around with it.  For reference, it took Facebook ten months to reach one million users and Netflix three and a half years. …