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A Mythological Chess Fantasy

Sparring with AI

I totally get the mixed feelings about AI. It’s such a hot topic these days, and everyone seems to have their own opinions. But there are definitely some amazing things about AI that can make our lives a whole lot easier.

When it comes to brainstorming and generating ideas, AI is like lightning in a bottle. It can whip up a ton of concepts, synonyms, and alternatives in no time, giving your creative process a turbo boost. Writers, content creators, and innovators absolutely love how AI can expand and refine their initial ideas, saving precious time and sparking innovation.

But, and here’s the catch, AI content generation isn’t always perfect when it comes to accurate information. Sometimes it hallucinates, creating fictional articles and works, attributing them to non-existent or, perhaps worse, even real people. I recently had a colleague ask Bing AI about books I had supposedly written, and let me tell you, it came up with titles and plots that I would not want associated with my name! It’s definitely a flaw in AI content generators that needs some attention and fixing. AI still has a way to go when it comes to understanding context and getting the facts separated from fiction. So, for now, I’d recommend sticking with good ol’ Google to find things that actually exist, at least on the internet. AI developers need to work on better algorithms and quality control to sort out these discrepancies.

AI for Chess Education

Now, let’s shift gears and talk about something really cool: using AI for chess education. There’s so much potential there! For example, I found some great ideas that an AI app generated when I asked it for fun activities to promote a chess culture around your school. These ideas ranged from chess speed-dating (for the older students, of course) to chess-themed artwork, trivia competitions, puzzle challenges, mentorship programs, and even chess-themed dress-up days. The possibilities are endless, and I’m sure you’ll find something that sparks your interest and brings a whole lot of fun to your school.
We know that elements of AI have been built into the many chess engines and programs already, but there’s something really different about having a conversation with it.
So, there you have it! AI has its ups and downs, but when it comes to brainstorming and broadening a chess culture, it can be a real game-changer. Give it a try and let your creativity run wild! I promise it doesn’t get mad at you if you ask it for new or edited prompts over and over again.
At least—I hope it doesn’t!

Biographical Note:

Victoria Winifred has used chess as the theme for her classroom since 2007, and has a Chess in Education graduate certificate. Doubly-certified as a mentor for teachers, she is here for you as an education consultant to provide support, strategies, facts, and resources for including chess in your classroom, regardless of the demographics of your students. Please feel free to reach out for help!

She is also the author of an award-winning chess fiction book for kids with more titles coming out later this year.

Write her at vwinifredwriter@gmail.com

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