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Friday Finds — AI Content, Slidewise, Skewed Perception

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"I think a life properly lived is just learn, learn, learn all the time."

— Charlie Munger

Unfortunately, winter has arrived with a not-so-pleasant gift: my first (and hopefully only) cold of the season. My hacking cough and unwelcome germs are certainly not something I'd wish upon anyone, so I'm taking refuge in the basement for the time being. Naps and isolation are my current weapons in this battle against the sniffles. Wishing you health and happiness wherever you are!

Thanks for reading!

🎶 What I’m Listening To

You can take a sneak peek at my music tastes in my Top Songs from 2023

👆 Last Week’s Most Clicked

Introduction to Learning Sciences

📰 News & Notes

New Research Suggests Humans Prefer AI-Generated Content

In a fascinating twist, recent MIT research reveals that people actually prefer content generated by AI over that crafted by human professionals. This study compared human and AI-created content in product descriptions and persuasive ad campaign content. Surprisingly, content fully written by AI or edited by AI was favored by readers. Even more intriguing, disclosing the AI origin of the content didn't diminish its appeal. This finding challenges the notion that persuasive communication is a uniquely human skill, especially in the context of straightforward, well-defined tasks.

🎯 Take away: A recent MIT study shows people prefer AI-generated content, highlighting AI's rising influence in persuasive writing.

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🎯 Take away: An early holiday present for anyone who has ever tried to tackle tricky PowerPoint problems like font issues, unwieldy slide masters, giant file sizes, and more.  

Eight Ways Your Perception of Reality Is Skewed

Clearly, many forces below our conscious awareness affect our perceptions, thoughts, and decisions, and errors abound. Becoming cognizant of those influences could keep us from making costly misjudgments or creating unnecessary conflicts with others who see things differently. The ultimate benefit of that? Hopefully, having a little humility might help all of us to act with less hubris and be more open to other points of view.

🎯 Take away:  A new book explains the sometimes-unconscious forces that shape what we see, feel, and think.

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🎧 Podcast

This is the conversation that caught my ear this week. Check out previous episodes in the Friday Finds podcast playlist.

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