Generative AI: What's Left for the Humans?

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Seminar Room 6.30, Level 6, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street, Parkville.

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Lisa Batten

  • Visiting Scholar

Visiting Scholar - Martin Brown (USYD)


In this workshop we will explore the impact on, and potential of ChatGPT on our work as educators. Humans think in several ways. We are very good at gathering, collating and summarising new information. So is ChatGPT. If many aspects of this type of human thinking are going to be increasingly offloaded onto these platforms, how should we respond? The pace of adoption of this technology is unprecedented and our graduates will be entering workplaces that require vastly different capabilities. Should we continue to see our primary responsibility as knowledge transfer? Or should we reshape our curriculum to rehearse and assess judgement and creative speculation instead? To what extent is foundational knowledge necessary for the operation of judgement and creative speculation?


Martin Brown is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the FMH Media Lab at USYD. Martin is an experienced educator with a background in theatre and film production. His film credits include Moulin Rouge, Romeo+Juliet and Strictly Ballroom. He served as Director of Award Courses at the Australian Film Television and Radio School before joining the University of Sydney. Martin develops and teaches units of study on science communication. His research explores the application of emerging technologies to learning, with a particular focus on health education. Current projects include developing VR training platforms in advanced life support and the de-escalation of violent behaviour for emerging and established health professionals.