Generate Audio Learning Playlists Using GPT-3

Generate Audio Learning Playlists Using GPT-3

Hi, I'm Shane, the Founder of Podacity. We're building Podacity to help people accelerate and increase everyday learning with podcast-learning playlists.

Over the past few months, we've been working on building a tool that combines GPT-3 with our very own machine learning models to help listeners discover the most intelligent podcasts from world's foremost experts.

Check out our Docs for more information on getting started with Podacity Ai, approaches on how to improve your completion quality, and techniques to generate the best learning playlists.

Why we're doing this

Massive open online course (MOOC) platforms such as Coursera, edX and Udemy are more popular today than ever before. In 2020, more than 180M people enrolled in an online courses. By the end of 2020, 16.3K MOOCs were announced or launched by around 950 universities worldwide. In 2020 alone, more than 2.8K online courses were added.

After speaking to folks who have enrolled or completed MOOCs, we came to learn that more than 95% of users never finish the online courses they start. We speculate there are many reasons for this. Most of us have busy lives, and few among us have the luxury to dedicate several hours a week to grow our skills and continue learning. People have a strong desire to learn, however our busy schedules do not allow for us. Most of all, current online learning tools aren't designed to accommodate busy people.

Podcasting is an innovative, asynchronous learning tool widely used by professionals and academics to facilitate and supplement traditional learning. The major benefits of podcasts (compared to MOOCs) are the shorter length of a podcast, clarity of the content, and guidance with self-paced learning. Early research on podcasting as a learning tool shows evidence for increased working memory and increased learning for listeners.

One of the best ways to keep up with trends in business, technology, startups, venture capital, and Ai is by listening to podcasts. If you're a software engineer, designer, data scientist, startup employee, VC or entrepreneur, you can become informed on trends in your industry by listening to podcasts from experts in that industry.

The biggest problem with podcast apps today is the difficulty users face when trying to find the most informative podcast episodes. To solve this, we combined GPT-3 with our proprietary machine learning models to recommend the most intelligent podcasts from the world's foremost experts.

The Best Learning Tool is the One That's With You

Podcasts do not replace traditional methods of learning, however the best tool for learning is the one that is convenient, mobile, and easily accessible to YOU. For these reasons, podcasts are an amazingly efficient, portable and on-demand instrument for learning. The available podcast apps are great at aggregating and distributing podcasts (and giving a long list of top shows or episodes), but none are optimized for learning.

We're building Podacity to create inspiring and entertaining learning experiences delivered without the hassle or frustration of endless search for podcasts. Podacity makes it ridiculously easy for people to find high-quality educational (and entertaining) podcasts, delivered via a seamless user experience.

Podcasts are Also an Antidote the Woes of Social Media

It is nearly impossible to have a meaningful conversation on consequential topics on social media.

Today’s social media platforms tends to reinforce dogmatism, political correctness, confirmation bias, driving users to perceive ideas/issues in a tribalistic or binary way. These variables make conversation more difficult, removing nuance and complexity from complex and consequential topics. This is not only damaging to our collective psyche, but this lack of substance is fundamentally boring.

Increasingly short attention span-focused content dominates social media, leaving few spaces for discussing complex and consequential ideas. With one major exception, podcasts.

The long form nature of podcasts enables content creators to explore more complex and nuanced ideas and introduce new perspectives without alienating the audience. Long form audio content, whether it’s highly produced or just a conversation, is instructive, and introduces new perspectives to listeners, helping bridge differences through conversation.

We believe bad ideas are best confronted with good ideas, and never with dehumanization, deplatforming or blacklisting. We are pro-human, and promote compassionate anti-racism rooted in dignity and our common humanity.

So far, Podacity has gotten warm feedback from early users, but we're only getting started. If you're interested in using cutting-edge Ai to accelerate your everyday learning, we'd love to hear from you. If you have thoughts on our approach, or experience with GPT-3, please reach out. Until next time, happy listening!