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Friday Finds — AI Revolution, Prompt Engineering, Reducing Info Overload

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“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

— Maya Angelou

Did you know that yesterday was World Password Day? May the 4th be with you! I wanted to take a moment to remind you that most of us have been taught to create passwords that are tough for us to remember, but easy for hackers to crack. But don't worry, I've got three easy ways you can improve your password security and make managing them a breeze.

First up, try using passphrases instead of those frustrating gibberish passwords you're probably using now. Next, use a password manager - it's a no-brainer and helps you avoid reusing the same password (which is a big no-no!). Finally, enable MFA (multi-factor authentication) whenever possible. These three simple steps will make a world of difference in keeping your accounts safe and secure.

These three simple steps will make your password life much easier and much more secure. Now, go forth and password like a boss!

As always, thanks for reading.

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📰 News & Notes

AI: Education's Untapped Revolution

In her TEDX Santa Barbara talk, Dr. Philippa Hardman discusses the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to revolutionize education. She argues that AI can enhance the educational experience for both teachers and students, from personalizing learning to automating administrative tasks. She also highlights the need for teachers and educators to be trained and equipped with the necessary skills to effectively utilize AI in education.

Take away: AI has the potential to transform education by enabling personalized learning experiences and improving administrative efficiency. To fully realize this potential, educators and teachers need to be properly trained and supported in the use of AI technology.

MARGE: A Whole Brain Approach for Students and Teachers

Check out this free eBook on Arthur Shimamura's MARGE Model which stands for Motivation, Attention, Retention, Generalization, and Evaluation. It explores brain structures and experiments, providing easy-to-understand models of common cognitive science concepts. It's fascinating to learn about the role of the prefrontal cortex and how our brains form memories differently. MARGE is a valuable tool to optimize learning potential.

🥡 Take away: This ebook is packed with innovative ideas and strategies that will help you take your teaching to the next level. You can grab a 1 page summary here.

Prompt Engineering: A Guide for Marketers and Content Creators

The article is a guide for content creators on using prompt engineering to improve their AI-generated content. It explains how to craft effective prompts that achieve specific goals such as increasing engagement and generating leads. It also offers tips on understanding the target audience, using relevant data, and iterating on prompts. Additionally, it also highlights potential challenges and suggests ways to mitigate them.

🥡 Take away: This article helps marketers and content creators leverage AI-generated content by showing how to use prompt engineering effectively.

Reducing Information Overload in Your Organization

Information overload is the inevitable result of the modern organization’s always-on, more-is-better approach to communication. Unfortunately, it is also a driver of employees’ disengagement and poor decision making. While we are all, as employees and leaders, affected by this reality, the onus is on the company communicators themselves to craft a low-burden culture. It will require energy, expertise and coordination to architect and reinforce more human-centric communication practices.

🥡 Take away: Check out these practical strategies to streamline communication, prioritize information, and improve productivity by reducing information overload in your organization.

A Short History of Artificial Intelligence

This fascinating article traces the evolution of AI, starting from the early days of computer science to the present day. It highlights how the development of AI has been driven by the quest to create machines that can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. The article also touches on how the concept of AI has evolved over time, from the initial perception of AI as an abstract, otherworldly concept to a more grounded understanding of AI as a tool to improve human life.

🥡 Take away: AI has made significant progress, but there's still much we don't know about its potential. Despite this, it has had a profound impact on our lives and will continue to shape our future.

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🎧 Podcasts

These are the conversations that caught my ear this week.

Artificial Intelligence. AI. ChatGPT. “But what is it, and how do I use it?” Join us as we demystify how ChatGPT works and give you practical ways to leverage ChatGPT and AI to help perform your L&D tasks – that you can use today! Register now to claim your spot.

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