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In 2012, 58-year old certified helicopter flight instructor Kenny Keller was on the brink of losing his brick-and-mortar helicopter business because of the high expenses required to keep it open.

So naturally, he searched for other possible revenue streams. Keller decided to join Kajabi, an online video education platform for content creators to sell, manage and market their online courses. A day after launching, Keller made close to $1,000 on the platform.

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The pandemic led to an explosion in startups trying to fix online learning. In 2019, funding in the space reached $5.4 billion. By 2021, that number more than tripled to $16.8 billion.

In Los Angeles, startups like Subject and Numerade believe that they can solve issues caused by online education. That said, no one company has been able to figure out a good way to get kids to pay attention to a screen long enough to learn anything. Despite edtech’s massive growth, there was still a steep decline from 2019 to 2022 in math and reading scores across America.

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Generative AI is tech’s latest buzz word, with developers creating programs that can do anything from writing an academic essay about guitars and elevators to creating photorealistic paintings of majestic cats.

ChatGPT, a platform built by DALL-E 2 and GPT-3 founder OpenAI, is the latest one of these tools to go viral. But this tool can go far beyond writing a version of the Declaration of Independence in the style of Jar Jar Binks. It has the capability to write full essays on almost any subject a college kid could desire — creating another layer of complex technology that humanities professors now have to consider when they teach and dole out assignments.

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