I admit: I missed every single live Zoom session gathering for the ETMOOC exploration of Artificial Intelligence. After teaching all day, the last thing I needed in my brain was a a Zoom session overload (so I engaged in other ways, mostly early in the mornings, and it was constructive for me).
But I wanted to find a way to watch the sessions later, and maybe have an annotation conversation from the side. Unfortunately, Vialogues — a site we used a lot for CLMOOC — bit the dust, but VideoAnt seems like a possible replacement.
Join us if you want — you will need a VideoAnt account to comment and be part of the conversations. (One thing that VideoAnt does NOT have that Vialogues did is an email notification when someone responds to your comment. Which is too bad.)
This began as a DS106 Daily Create, inspired by a comic sketch from my friend Tyler Weaver, which led to a gif by Alan, which led to a Gif Loop video by John, which led to me making a loop soundtrack and layering it in, and then adding a dancing Jim to the end.
I came upon this site via ETMOOC2 and wondered about it’s potential for play in the classroom. It’s called Animated Drawings and is fueled by an AI engine via Meta (uh oh). It’s very simple to use: upload a drawing, and follow the steps, and get your drawing put into small bits of motion — dancing, walking, jumping, etc.
I did two experiments. One with a large face with small body and one with a saxophone body. I tried one with a starfish drawing but it just didn’t work. It was really weird.
This morning’s one-word prompt off Mastodon was “triptych” so I crafted a poem in three parts, and then tried to do a bit of visual maneuvering with the stanzas, creating three panels, and then putting it up on display.
Planet Money, the podcast from NPR, just did a three-part series on exploring how Generative AI (like ChatGPT and Audio AI) could be used to create a podcast, and it is pretty fascinating, the journey they go on. I highly suggest a listen.
The final episode, with a script written entirely by ChatGPT – including a radio story script to demonstrate the theme of how machines changed an industry (telephone operators) — and co-hosted by an AI replicated voice file of a retired Planet Money host (Robert Smith) is in the third episode here.
*For traditional 5-7-5 haiku, read across – top left to top right (or in reverse) or bottom left to bottom right (or in reverse) – or diagonal – top left to bottom right (or in reverse) – or down – top left to bottom left.
*For non-traditional 7-7-7 haiku, read middle left to middle right (or in reverse), or middle top to middle down (or in reverse).
*Or heck, just mix and match, and see where that brings ya!