Counterbalancing the AI Megatrend

In this episode, we explore ways to find balance amidst overwhelming AI trends. We kick things off with visionary Don Carson from Mighty Coconut Studios speculating about the imminent arrival of prompt-driven VR worlds that might resemble the Holodeck from Star Trek. Then we dig into the first key concept – the extended mind. Elliot Felix explains philosopher Andy Clark’s theory that thinking extends beyond our brains into the spaces and objects around us. To demonstrate, Mike records while out walking in nature and while exploring a new VR Mini Golf world, describing how the environment impacts his mental state. We conclude by hearing from Dr. Natalia Kucirkova on her research into sensory learning and the hidden senses as we round out our discussion of the Extended Mind.

The second key concept we dig into is deliberate play which Mike picked up in Adam Grant’s new book Hidden Potential. Mike emphasizes the importance of play for learning and bonding. We include a clip from our conversation with Sphero‘s Michelle Acaley joining Mike and his wife Dr. Robin Naughton as we discuss their new coding toy, Indi, that teaches kids coding concepts through play and off of screens.

Finally, we close with the perspective of Mike Acerra of Lux Blox, who offers alternate views on childhood development and the role of nature. He prompts reflection on how experiences in natural settings shape kids’ brains.

Overall, this episode explores ideas like the extended mind and deliberate play to find balance amidst AI. Let us know what you think of these concepts for countering AI overload and restoring mental space. Looking forward to continuing the conversation!

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Episode References

Grant, A. (2023). Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things. Viking.