Later than promised, but it's here: How to chat with ChatGPT about your content.
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Since my last newsletter, which focused on "visualising knowledge" (experiments 2-4), I've been combining and applying the various prompts I've tested on content as diverse as excerpts from a LinkedIn Live interview I did with PR/Comms company ZN and the first 5 resources I curated this year. Along the way I've had ChatGPT:
What did I find? Read on...
Bullshit, Botshit and Bubbles
I was relieved to see I assure you, an AI didn’t write a terrible “George Carlin” routine from Cory Doctorow recently.
Cory introduces a new word I'm pretty sure we'll all be hearing a lot of this year:
"there’s a huge difference between producing a plausible sentence and a good one. After the initial rush of astonishment, the stench of botshit becomes unmistakable".
From my notes: the ubiquity of botshit stems from the fact that so many people benefit from it - not just the tech's purveyors (obviously), but also:
Except that's not what I'm doing. Yes, I'm exploring the How and Why of integrating ChatGPT into MyHub.ai. But, to answer the question in the previous section, I've yet to find a truly convincing, knock-your-pants-off application. I'm still looking, and I'm opening the free trial to see if anyone else can find one, but I'm not selling botshit to anyone.
Because that's how hype cycles work: there's a splash of excitement; a surge of content as everyone hops on the bandwagon to build followers and sell books and courses; a plunge of disenchantment when the Easy Wins promised don't materialise; ... and then, eventually, those who stuck with it without riding that rollercoaster figure out where the actual value lies.
If, indeed, there is any. Which brings me to ...
If you dig into experiment 10 you'll find me asking myself something similar:
"while the GPT4 outputs were clearly better, I'm not sure they are 100x better, while GPT4 costs 100x more." - experiment 10
So while I'll continue these experiments, Cory's last point about open source (above) reinforces my original conviction for MyHub (see How Artificial Intelligence will finance Collective Intelligence, which needs an update). Expect to see more on open-source / local AI in the future, perhaps using GPT4's blog post about it as a starting point.
There are currently two more articles in my Hub tagged #AI and #Bullshit, while if you look for just the bullshit you'll find 15, covering everything from bullshit jobs, bullshit productivity tricks to bullshit Presidents and Prime Ministers.
It's just one word, but it explains a lot. Which is why I suspect those numbers will grow in 2024.
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