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Uche Onuekwusi17,724 Points
Shame on you treehouse, I pay all this money to learn from a real human being not a robot from reading a script
Shame on you treehouse, I pay all this money to learn from a real human being, not a robot from synthesia reading a script written by chatgpt.
Kari BrooksTreehouse Staff
Thanks for sharing your feedback! There are a lot of really interesting opinions and conversations happening right now about ChatGPT and AI-generated content, for sure. We've been getting student requests for more learning materials centered on AI and ChatGPT specifically. The fact that an AI is explaining AI in our video is an angle we chose on purpose! (And the fact that an AI is reading a script is no different from what our human instructors do when they film their videos - our human instructors write and read from scripts, too.)
Don't worry, we aren’t handing over the keys to robots. In fact, this short course took many human hours to concept, organize, edit, and design. There are still humans at the wheel here at Treehouse, and we'll continue to educate - and sometimes challenge - our students with thought-provoking content.
Steven Parker228,978 Points
I'm surprised that a long-time student such as yourself would post such a comment, since you've already had the benefit of many courses all created by human instructors. This tiny microcourse is specifically about the technology used to generate the script, so that makes perfect sense in this case.
Plus, they talk about this being a bit of an experiment, and they even invite you to send feedback; but they specifically ask you to send it to a special email address created for the purpose instead of posting it to the forum.
Craig DennisTreehouse Teacher
As a former non-robot Treehouser, I enjoyed this course and am excited to see it get better. I want her to add some humor and a little more personality, but this is pretty cool in just showing it off.
Nice work y'all!
I agree with OP to some extent, it is a disappointment largely due to the expectations set by team treehouse through prior courses.
Back in 2014, I had used Treehouse's library of courses to build my baseline skills in software development. I resubscribed to Treehouse just because I saw this course in the library and recalled how great the quality of Treehouse courses used to be - fantastic animations, use of physical props, and a good balance of depth & concision.
This micro-course had none of that, rather, it felt like a monotonous monologue which lacked depth and enthusiasm. The explanation of how LLMs work was a bit too generic and basic for a 'technical' audience. It would have been okay had it been released under the 'Digital Literacy' tag as opposed to 'Machine Learning'.
I don't think that the idea of using an LLM to co-author the course was a problem per say, although it may have contributed to some degree of complacency in the extent of thought put in for the script/content for the course.
That said, the TTS audio was very robotic and difficult to sit through. The AI generated video of the human being was decent-enough to accompany a human instructor along side, not so sure about a solo appearance though (might be okay with a human voiceover? Can't judge).
Chris KomaroffCourses Plus Student 14,198 Points
Darn, I read this question before watching the video, so I was not able to see if I could tell this was a bot. Looks fairly convincing. My eyesight is not so good anymore, I may have not seen the obvious uncanny valley.