The Austin Forum Update is being updated. Well, rebooted really, because we’re removing all older posts and in 2023 we’re going to have new weekly blog posts (in addition to our weekly Austin Forum Upload podcasts). These will be carefully solicited, curated, and prepared posts on the wide range of emerging and pervasive technologies that we cover in our monthly presentation & networking events, online discussions, in-person meetup discussions, and in the podcasts. Each medium — presentation, discussion, podcast, and article — has its own advantages. For complex technologies with numerous applications and potential influences on society, it makes sense to cover different aspects of these topics in whatever way is most effective, leveraging the strength of each medium for different purposes. Graphical/visual material is often better presented in presentations and articles, whereas conversation and debate are better in discussion events (active for participants) and podcasts (passive for listeners). Of course, the most important factor is how you, as an Austin Forum fan, prefer to consume content that advances your understanding and contributes to your technology endeavors — and to society.
In the new Austin Forum Update, articles will be of multiple formats as well as having diverse topics and authors. Some of these formats will include
So, please enjoy the new Austin Forum Update. Our first new article (well, after this one) will be an interview — with ChatGPT itself! We covered ChatGPT in a recent Austin Forum Upload podcast, but in this article we can show real examples of the generative output capabilities of ChatGPT. We interviewed ChatGPT itself, and we even asked it to write a poem and commercial for the Austin Forum on Technology & Society (and they were good!).
Enjoy the new Austin Forum Update! More coming soon, and often!
Jay Boisseau, Executive Director