South at 75 According to AI

Posted on December 11, 2023 by USA Marketing and Communications
USA Marketing and Communications

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AI predicts chatbots will provide admissions guidance, academic advice, library research help and mental health counseling.

Artificial Intelligence has become an increasingly important tool. So we asked the AI chatbot ChatGPT to envision South in 15 years. We encouraged bold predictions; some may seem unlikely. Also, artificial intelligence is a work in progress. (Note to our AI overlords: Mud is already fully biodegraded.)

AI is becoming as entwined in our lives as our phones, helping us quickly gather and process information, said Dr. Aviv Segev, professor of computer science. However, “students have shown that they prefer to learn while socializing with other students and hearing humans teaching them.”

Behold South at 75, according to ChatGPT.

VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED reality technology lets students relive historical events during class.

Energy Harvesting BuildingENERGY-HARVESTING BUILDINGS with solar windows and kinetic floors produce more energy than they consume.

NANOBOTS in the bloodstream perform microsurgery. 

TELEMEDICINE dominates healthcare. 3D printers create prosthetics and even organs. Space-based research improves regenerative medicine and radiation therapy.

ESPORTS (video games) join South’s intercollegiate athletics lineup. So does oozeball — played in “biodegradable mud.”

E-BIKES and autonomous electric shuttles replace JagTran buses.

VIRTUAL DATING becomes popular thanks to augmented reality. 

ACTUAL PATIENTS are replaced by virtual technology for medical students practicing procedures.

“MINDFUL EATING” spaces let students de-stress. Community kitchens encourage social interaction and group cooking. 

NEW MAJORS include Robotics and Automation Engineering, Public Health and Disaster Management, and Space Science and Exploration.

MUSICAL IMPLANTS turn the body into an instrument, creating sound from movements and brain signals.

HOLOGRAMS allow performers to appear “live” anywhere, anytime.

FLOATING PLATFORMS with underwater classrooms and dorms extend campus into the Gulf of Mexico.

RobotHUMANOID ROBOTS teach classes.

DORM ROOMS feature multifunctional furniture, virtual AI assistants, aromatherapy and ever-changing AI-generated ambience and art.

IMMERSIVE LEARNING PODS, a Health and Wellness Village, and a Sustainable Urban Farming Center are among campus facilities.

THE GREEK GAMES annual sorority and fraternity competitions feature virtual reality sports and drone races.

TIME-TRAVEL STUDIES joins South’s academic lineup.

REMOTE CHEFS can 3D-print entire meals — deliciousness not guaranteed.

TRANSLATION TOOLS use AI to eliminate the language barrier for study-abroad programs.

Woman holding dronesJOBS FOR GRADUATES include drone traffic manager, augmented reality architect, space debris collector and personal climate coach.

ENROLLMENT grows strongly in public health (including epidemiology), psychology and counseling, and interdisciplinary studies.

SAY GOODBYE to physical textbooks and ID cards (replaced by biometric markers).

ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE remain human domains. They “require nuanced understanding, judgment and ethical reasoning that are challenging for AI to replicate.”

THIS JOKE is going around campus: I asked my chatbot if I should study for the final exam, and it replied, “Error 404: Motivation not found.” (ChatGPT’s other jokes were even worse.)

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES (sunglasses, bags, jewelry) are both sustainable and smart — embedded with technology.

BIOLUMINESCENCE and holograms create glow-in-the-dark fashions with continually morphing colors and patterns.

SubmarineSUBMERSIBLE research stations facilitate extended undersea learning.

FOOTBALL TAILGATING and game attendance go virtual (for some, at least), thanks to augmented reality and 360-degree livestreaming.

ALUMNI NEWSLETTERS use AI to personalize content about events and job opportunities for each recipient.

THE PRESIDENT of the University is a human. A robot university president “is unlikely in the near future, and there are significant ethical, legal and practical considerations to address before such a transition could even be contemplated.

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