— It’s a tough wave to catch, but you better, because it’s gonna catch you.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the pace of technological change, particularly in the realm of artificial intelligence? Are you hesitant to dive into this exciting and innovative field, unsure of where to begin or whether you have the necessary skills? Fear not, for Richard Nikoley is here to guide you through the often-daunting landscape of AI technology. As an able blogger, dot-connector, and synthesizer for 20 years and over 5,000 posts, Richard has always been at the forefront of new technology, from Lotus 1-2-3 in the 1980s to the latest AI tools. In this post, he shares his experiences and insights, and shows how anyone can use AI to improve their lives. He discusses two new programs, GPT4ALL and Auto-GPT, that can access human knowledge and perform tasks automatically.
He acknowledges that AI can seem intimidating, but he argues that it’s for everyone, not just geeks or specialists. He draws on his own experiences to show that anyone can benefit from the right AI tools, which can remove barriers and unleash creativity. Richard emphasizes the importance of principles in identifying the essential features of AI tools. He also stresses the need for a general approach—rather than specialization—which can help users to identify the most useful tools for their needs. Whether you are managing information overload or struggling with a particular task, Richard’s insights into AI technology and its core purpose—getting shit done—can help you to navigate the fast-moving world of AI and find tools that work for you.
[The foregoing introduction was drafted by ChatGPT-4 in under 3 seconds, by prompting it to give me 2 paragraphs of about 200 words total as an enticing introduction and summary to the following 4,350-word post. I added only the bolding and the “getting shit done” phrase.]
No, this is not one of the 21 posts I have in draft, per my last Sunday’s missive. Rather, it’s just popping off something as I begin the next day at 04.00 in this crazy world of Artificial Intelligence that’s sort of involuntarily grabbing and pulling me in.
I can understand trepidation about it on several fronts.
- It’s moving too fast; you can say that again, but it’s going to move faster fast, if you know what I mean: the rate of change increases, like catching a wave.
- It’s too hard; almost, but in that regard it’s like a lot of new technologies in that way. I still remember laying my hands on Lotus 1-2-3 in 1988 and, undaunted, eventually created a massive tool for managing the $180 million fuel budget for all ships in the 7th Fleet (100s of them, all different burn rates), according to transit schedules. Now everybody can use spreadsheets.
- It’s for geeks; true, but not for very long…unlike cryptocurrency, and there’s good reasons for that. It’s because crypto has never lived up to its promise of being a useful currency, so mainstream isn’t going to bother with it, and we’re 15 years in, already. The usefulness of AI is so obvious that, as Solzhenitsyn said, “to taste the ocean requires but one drop.”
It’s on that last point that I’m all about, and I’m straddling the fence.
It’s the fence between the geeks who can do this shit in their sleep and all the rest of us who just want to get shit done: better, more, faster, easier, and cheaper.
I mean, I could be wrong, but I’m banking and staking my claim on the notion that everybody will use AI tools if they’re accessible, effective, low-cost, and truly unleash a person’s creative potentials by removing so damn many barriers.
Why have computers come so far since the late 1980s, to where even poor people tending to rice fields have one in their pocket for about 100-bucks entry level, computer-phones that are 100-thousand-times more capable than the first few iPhone iterations that were all north of one thousand bucks?
The phones are so capable that unless the person works in an office, they’ve never touched a laptop, much less a desktop, yet they can blaze through a thousand different sorts of tasks on that computer-phone, and all while doing a video chat with mom…all on cheap, unlimited cell data… Many don’t even bother with Wi-Fi, anymore.
People will absolutely use the tech if it’s accessible and can improve their lives; which, rudimentarily, means getting more done towards a wealthier, more leisurely life…and at a lower effort and cost.
So, what am I to do about that?
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