This YouTube star says AI will become a creative “collaborator” with students

Taryn Southern is a performer who enjoys experimenting with cutting-edge technology. She’s recorded a pop album that she co-wrote with AI code, for example, and she’s created a digital clone of herself that she can use to create videos for her popular YouTube channel. .

Southern has been a celebrity ever since she was back in high school: She competed on American Idol at age 17, in the popular reality show’s third season. And she was a pioneering YouTuber, going viral with a comedic video supporting Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign. She even hosted a travel show in 2006 where she traveled around the world meeting friends she had made on MySpace, a precursor to Facebook.

These days, she’s a digital strategist studying how things like blockchain, metaverse, and AI could change human expression. And she recently shared her latest predictions with educators at the ISTE Live conference in New Orleans in June.

EdSurge sat down with Southern in person right after her interview to learn more about why she sees these technologies as transformative, as well as her thoughts on the potential downsides to humans if AI plays a bigger role. in storytelling and creative expression.

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