Brian was honoured to participate in this special panel on AI, sponsored by the Office of the Dean of FASS. He was also a bit alarmed at the implications of AI raised by the panel.

While there was too much to summarize, it’s clear that we can’t continue to pretend that AI isn’t changing our research, our teaching, the nature of work, and the very mission of the University.

Of course, students still need to learn to write and think critically, but those skills have always adapted to the media through which we think and write. Writing with a fountain pen is different than composing with a word processor, and critique takes different forms in oral discourse, written texts, and online forums.

What will it mean to think, write, teach, and learn with AI going forward? We may not yet have the answers, but you can listen to the discussion (and other recent FASS Chats) here: