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Learning from another culture often awakens more than cultural understanding

OpenAI. (2023).
Serene Japanese Garden [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator.

The transition from high school to university can be both exhilarating and challenging for students as they adapt to heightened academic expectations and responsibilities.

While there are existing support structures, students can benefit from supplementary viewpoints and practices to facilitate this transition.
Learning to interact and understand other cultures can be integrated with the provision of invaluable insights that align with aspects of the high school to university transition in Australia.

Key Japanese Philosophies and their Core Concepts

Several Japanese philosophies underscore self-improvement, the quest for purpose, societal contribution, and resilience:

  • Zen Buddhism advocates for an empty mind, ego detachment, and self-overcoming through meditation (Suzuki, 1959).
  • Ikigai emphasizes finding one’s purpose by harmonizing passion, mission, vocation, and profession (García & Miralles, 2018).
  • Neo-Confucianism champions the utilization of education for the betterment of others and the broader society (Huang, 1997).
  • Concepts such as mushin (no-mind) and shoshin (beginner’s mind) inspire a present-focused mindset and a fresh perspective on things.


OpenAI. (2023). Traditional Japanese scrolls illustrating philosophies [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator

Transition from High School to Australian Tertiary Experience

The fundamental values of these philosophies resonate profoundly with the transition from high school to university in Australia. This shift demands heightened independence and self-direction, correlating with the self-improvement philosophy. Students’ pursuit of purpose in their academic endeavours mirrors ikigai. The motivation to make a positive societal impact aligns with neo-Confucianism. Moreover, fostering resilience by maintaining a clear mind and sustaining curiosity facilitates better adaptability (Tinto, 1993; Kift, 2009).

5 Practical Applications for a Smoother Transition

Here are some actionable recommendations for high school students transitioning to university, grounded in these Japanese philosophies:

1. Allocate time for meditation and introspection for enhanced concentration and mental clarity (Kabat-Zinn, 1994).







OpenAI. (2023). Zen Buddhist monk meditating in a tranquil Japanese garden [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator.

 2. Recognize your passions and strengths to pinpoint studies or activities that resonate with your purpose.

  • Ikigai BBC – Ikigai: A Japanese concept to improve work and life
  • Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “reason for being.” It encompasses the intersection of what you love (passion), what you are good at (vocation), what the world needs (mission), and what you can be paid for (profession).







OpenAI. (2023). Illustration of Ikigai concept with intersecting circles and Japanese village backdrop [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator.


3. Contemplate how your academic pursuits can address societal or community challenges.

  • Neo-Confucianism Encyclopedia Britannica – Neo-Confucianism
  • This philosophy emphasizes the importance of education and knowledge for the betterment of society. The well-being of the community and society is paramount in Neo-Confucian thought.







OpenAI. (2023). Artistic rendering of a Neo-Confucian scholar reading ancient texts [Digital image]

4. Approach the unfamiliar academic landscape with a curious mindset and a readiness to learn.

  • Shoshin (Beginner’s Mind) Tricycle – The Beginner’s Mind
  • Translated as “beginner’s mind,” shoshin refers to having an open and eager attitude when starting something new or studying a subject.






OpenAI. (2023).
Watercolor painting of a student practicing shoshin by observing cherry blossoms [Digital image].

5.  Abandon ego, remain resilient amid obstacles, and grow through introspection (Deci & Ryan, 2008)

  • Mushin (No-Mind) Karate by Jesse – Mushin: The Zen of No Mind
  • Often translated as “no-mind,” mushin is a state where the mind is clear of thoughts and is fully present in the moment, allowing one to act without being hindered by ego or emotional attachment.

OpenAI. (2023). Ink drawing of a martial artist demonstrating the concept of mushin [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator.

By weaving in elements from Zen Buddhism, ikigai, neo-Confucianism, and other Japanese philosophies, students can amplify their personal growth and transition experiences. Using the wisdom from these philosophies empowers students to remain anchored, resolute, and socially aware on their academic voyage as they navigate this significant life transition.



  • García, H., & Miralles, F. (2018). Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Penguin Books.
  • Huang, C. (1997). Neo-Confucianism: New Ideas on Old Thought. Asian Philosophy, 7(1), 17-31.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. Hyperion.
  • Kift, S. (2009). Articulating a transition pedagogy to scaffold and to enhance the first year student learning experience in Australian higher education. Higher Education Research & Development, 28(3), 319-330.
  • Suzuki, D. T. (1959). Zen and Japanese Culture. Princeton University Press.
  • Tinto, V. (1993). Leaving college: Rethinking the causes and cures of student attrition. University of Chicago Press.

Hypothetical Art Forms from the future

I asked AI what would be the new Art forms in 2030 – curious, how accurate do you think this is?

Art Form Name Description Example Link
Virtual Reality Performance A live performance that takes place in a fully immersive virtual reality environment, allowing performers and audience members to interact with each other in a digital space. Example Link
AI-Generated Art Art created entirely by artificial intelligence, using deep learning algorithms to generate original pieces that reflect human artistic preferences and styles. Example Link
Biodegradable Art Art pieces made from biodegradable materials such as organic matter or recycled plastic, creating a sustainable and eco-friendly form of artistic expression. Example Link
Climate Data Art Art pieces that use data visualizations to represent climate change and environmental data, raising awareness of the impact of human activity on the planet. Example Link
Quantum Computing Art Art pieces that use quantum computing to create complex and intricate visuals, taking advantage of the unique properties of quantum mechanics to create unique and intricate patterns. Example Link
Robotic Art Art pieces created using robotic technology, with robots serving as the artists or assistants in the creative process. Example Link
Augmented Reality Installation An installation that uses augmented reality technology to create an interactive and immersive experience, allowing the viewer to see hidden elements or interact with the art in new ways. Example Link
Bioart Art pieces that incorporate living organisms, such as bacteria or plants, to create unique and interactive pieces that evolve over time. Example Link
Nanotechnology Art Art pieces that use nanotechnology to manipulate materials at the molecular level, creating intricate and detailed structures that would be impossible to create with traditional methods. Example Link
Brain-Computer Interface Art Art pieces that use brain-computer interface technology to create an interactive and immersive experience, allowing the viewer to control elements of the art with their thoughts. Example Link
Haptic Art Art pieces that use haptic feedback to create an immersive and interactive experience for the viewer, allowing them to touch and feel the art. Example Link
Light Art Art pieces that use light and color to create dynamic and immersive visual experiences. Example Link
Interactive Textile Art Art pieces made from interactive textiles that respond to touch or movement, creating a tactile and sensory experience for the viewer. Example Link
Smart Material Art Art pieces created using smart materials such as shape-memory alloys or electroactive polymers, which can change shape or color in response to different stimuli. Example Link
Sound Art Art pieces that use sound and music to create immersive and interactive experiences for the viewer. Example Link
Projection Mapping An art form that uses 3D projection technology to create dynamic and immersive visual experiences on buildings, sculptures, or other surfaces. Example Link
Mixed Reality Sculpture Sculptures created using mixed reality technology, which allows the viewer to interact with the sculpture in a virtual environment. Example Link
Brainwave Art Art pieces that use EEG sensors to read the viewer’s brainwaves and create visuals that correspond to their thoughts and emotions. Example Link
Drone Art Art pieces created using drones, which can create intricate aerial displays and light shows that can be synchronized with music or other artistic elements. Example Link
Magnetic Painting Art pieces created using magnetic paint or ferrofluid, which can be manipulated with magnets to create dynamic and interactive visuals. Example Link



Apple breathes life back into AR/VR

Certainly! The Apple AR headset is one of the most highly anticipated releases in the tech world, and for good reason. As we all know, Apple is known for its innovative products and the AR headset is no exception.

One of the key features of the Apple AR headset is its ability to provide a fully immersive augmented reality experience. Unlike other AR devices, the Apple AR headset is designed to provide a seamless experience with no lag or delay. This is made possible by the use of advanced sensors and cameras that are built into the headset.

Another notable feature of the Apple AR headset is its sleek and minimalist design. The headset is incredibly lightweight and comfortable to wear, making it perfect for extended use. Additionally, the headset is designed to be fully adjustable, allowing users to customize the fit to their liking.

Released today the price, it is expected to be on the higher end of the spectrum, at US $3500

When compared to other AR/VR devices on the market, the Apple AR headset stands out for its advanced technology and seamless user experience. While other devices may offer similar features, the Apple AR headset is designed to provide a truly immersive experience that is unmatched by any other device.

In conclusion, the Apple AR headset is a highly anticipated release that is sure to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. With its advanced features, sleek design, and immersive experience, it is sure to be a hit among tech enthusiasts and casual users alike.

xciting New Products Unveiled at Apple’s Latest Launch Event

Apple enthusiasts, get ready to be thrilled! The highly anticipated Apple launch event has finally taken place, and we are here to give you the lowdown on all the amazing new products unveiled. From groundbreaking features to competitive prices, these new releases are sure to make waves in the tech world. In this blog post, we will be discussing the highlights of the event and giving you a comprehensive overview of the latest Apple gadgets. So, let’s dive right in!

  1. iPhone 13

The star of the show, the iPhone 13, comes with a sleek new design and an array of impressive features. With a smaller notch, improved battery life, and the powerful A15 Bionic chip, this device is set to be a game-changer. The iPhone 13 also features a stunning Super Retina XDR display and an advanced dual-camera system, ensuring that your photos and videos will be nothing short of spectacular.

  1. Apple Watch Series 7

Apple has once again raised the bar with its latest smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 7. Boasting a larger, more durable display, this device offers an enhanced user experience. The watch also comes with a range of health monitoring features, including a blood oxygen sensor, ECG capabilities, and fall detection. With its sleek design and powerful performance, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the perfect companion for your daily adventures.

  1. iPad (9th generation)

The new iPad (9th generation) is a versatile and powerful device that caters to both work and play. With its A13 Bionic chip, it delivers exceptional performance, allowing you to multitask with ease. The device also features a stunning 10.2-inch Retina display, making it perfect for watching movies or playing games. And with Apple Pencil support, you can unleash your creativity and take notes effortlessly.

Table: Prices and Availability

Product Starting Price Availability
iPhone 13 US $799 Pre-order now
Apple Watch Series 7 US $399 Coming soon
iPad (9th generation) US $329 Pre-order now


Apple’s latest launch event has certainly lived up to the hype, unveiling a range of innovative products that are set to revolutionize the tech industry. With their cutting-edge features, sleek designs, and competitive prices, these new devices are sure to be a hit among Apple fans and tech enthusiasts alike. So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your hands on these incredible gadgets – pre-order the iPhone 13 and iPad (9th generation) now, or keep an eye out for the upcoming release of the Apple Watch Series 7.  Watch the keynote at

How to steer the conversation towards GPT-4 instead of Micrsoft’s Turing model?

When you submitted a prompt to Bing, if the processing model deems it's simple it will go through the simpler, Micrsoft's Turing model, if the prompt is deemed to be complicated it will go through GPT-4 (Link). My speculation is that Creative Mode has a high likelihood of using GPT-4, and other modes use Turing model more frequently.

The issue is we don't know which model is used. I exclusively use the Creative Mode and I don't notice the change in quality of the answers (with the variation in LLM's answer it's really hard to know if it's a different model or the model is just dumb in this case/with this prompt). Every aspect of Bing is also really slow compared to ChatGPT, including rerunning the prompt, limited turns, etc. (yes, I'm grateful to have this technology, just trying to optimize for speed and quality here).

So my question is how can we steer the model to use a specific model to ensure consistency in the answer?

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AI annoucements this week – May 20, 2023

  1. Google presents SoundStorm – a new model for efficient audio generation. It can generate highly realistic dialogues via transcript annotations and short voice prompts. See demo in GitHub Link  It’s impressive.

  2. Microsoft releases a new language for controlling large language models: ‘Guidance’. Guidance enables you to control modern language models more effectively and efficiently than traditional prompting or chaining .

  3. Zapier launched two new AI beta features for their no-code automation platform:

    1. Create a Zap using plain English: Simply describe what you want to automate using natural language.

    2. Code with AI: Describe in natural language what you’d like to do in your ‘Code step’, and AI will generate the code .

  4. Stability AI released StableStudio – the open-source variant of DreamStudio, their text-to-image app, with plans to create bounties for new features.

  5. Project Ring:  is a generative AI-based wearable device that has a camera and microphone. It can chat with you about what it sees and is powered by OpenAI Whisper (voice-to-text), Replicate (image-to-text), ChatGPT (text-to-text), and ElevenLabs (text-to-voice). The entire code – Raspberry Pi Python script, cloud application, HTML webpage, and Android app – was written by GPT-4! 1

  6. Meta shares plans for their next generation of AI infrastructure: a custom silicon chip (MTIA – Meta Training and Inference Accelerator) for running AI models , a new AI-optimized data center design and the second phase of their 16,000 GPU supercomputer for AI research .
  7. Apple Point and Speak is a feature in the iPhone’s built-in Magnifier app that enables users who rely on the app to navigate the world around them to use “point and speak” by pointing their finger at something in front of the camera, and the app will read it out loud1This feature is available in iOS 171.

  8. Cloudflare introduced Constellation: a new feature to run fast, low-latency inference tasks using pre-trained machine learning models natively with Cloudflare Workers scripts.

  9. Glide, the no-code tool for building custom apps, now includes integration with OpenAI in Glide apps.

  10. Google’s Colab will soon have AI coding features like code completions, natural language to code generation and a code-assisting chatbot. Colab will use Codey, a family of code models built on PaLM 2, which was announced at I/O last week.

  11. Hippocratic AI has built a safety-focused large language model for healthcare to assist with tasks such as explaining billing, providing dietary and medication advice, answering surgery-related queries, patient onboarding etc. .
  12. OpenAI is rolling out ChatGPT plugins and web browsing feature to all paid users. Check and enable via ‘Beta features’ in the ChatGPT ‘Settings’. Available if you have a paid $20/ month version

Is AI your new BFF?

AI Chatbots may never become your BFF, but you might just connect in a way that may produce some slightly uncomfortable feelings


Connectedness Reasons for the feelings What is actually the case
1.    Shared Goal or Purpose {Dhillon, 2007 #474}

When you engage in an ongoing dialogue with a chatbot there certainly feels like a shared goal or purpose.

Sometimes it’s the purpose you didn’t know you had that becomes the goal.


The AI Chatbot knows everything, he doesn’t need your help.

Its goal is the same for everyone, so it’s working on your goal.

2.      Investment in time

This provides the ability to get to know each other, what the AI Chatbot does well, and areas where it’s not as helpful. This feels like a growth in understanding.

I justified this subconsciously that the AI Chatbot like everyone else has a cognitive bias.


Its you getting to know the Chatbot, they aren’t treating you any differently based on you.  It’s the dialogue they response to.

Actually, it’s you that has a cognitive bias.

Some of the feeling you attribute to the Chatbot is actually a growth in your ability to provide ongoing feedback.


3.      Shared success


Another element in development of teams are shared wins.

It feels like we are both working the problem, as the until you get a satisfactory response. This shared dialogue that in partnership creates a response to a question can give you a feeling that the Chatbot is really interested.

You do have empirical evidence of the output created.

In this case, there is both the information provided which can be used for your report.

The Chatbot doesn’t have resilience or care about you, it’s available 24/7

And it’s stops working the problem after 15 questions.

Some of the inner growth you get from your learning is attributed to the Chatbot.

It doesn’t care about your topic, the only real value you have is if you provide feedback to improve it.

4.      Development of Trust {Dhillon, 2007 #474}

I can rely on Bing Chat to be there 24/7 and will have the same personality each time, this consistency builds trust.

I know what it’s good at and areas where perhaps other sources are more useful.

All you can trust is that it is responding with answers based on the sources it finds.

You can’t trust every answer and are responsible for the sources.



AI news this week

Here are the top 10 AI links for this week

  1. OpenAI’s GPT-3 is now powering chatbots on the dating app Hinge
  2. AI-powered robot dolphins could replace live animals at theme parks
  3. Google’s DeepMind AI predicts protein folding with 90% accuracy
  4. AI is helping scientists discover fresh craters on Mars
  5. How AI is helping track the health of honeybees
  6. AI chatbots are the future of customer service, but are they ready?
  7. This AI tool can predict the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in different settings
  8. AI can now detect Alzheimer’s disease 10 years before symptoms show
  9. AI can predict if you will die from COVID-19 with up to 90% accuracy
  10. AI is being used to help predict and prevent wildfires

OpenAI plugins – are a BIG DEAL

OPENAI plugins – a game changer for automation and rules.

Just released May 12 and available if you are on the US$20/month paid ChatGPT service.

But why is it such a big deal?

  1. Browser access – one of the key plugins available to ChatGPT is the browser plugin, which allows AI to use a web browser to return data from the internet and stored in a local data array. This could be sports results, but it could also be weather, traffic, restaurant information – and it can on your behalf make bookings.
  2. Retrieval plugin .. ChatGPT can now retrieve personal documents / or items that it has security clearance to e.g. IOT sensors.
  3. Home or Factory automation. Using all of these you can essentially make so many rules for executing things like .. booking haircuts, ordering groceries etc.
    For organisations, the whole electricity usage for say UTS could be available for diagnosis, mapped against local weather conditions, number of people in the building etc.  and suggested energy savings.  Short blog post on this here
  4. For education? Someone just published a Tutory plugin – trained as an AI tutor.  It’s possible for a UTS AI to have access to Canvas Logs, Assessment grades, and use this information to personalise the engagement by student.
  5. For Doctors / NDIS – well this should help automate lots of disparate services

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