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It’s inevitable! It’s challenging! It has existed for a long time. We have seen it in the works of science fiction. But the record pace at which artificial intelligence and robotics is now approaching, it’s not hard to predict that the robot uprising is coming!

“I visualise a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.”

—Claude Shannon

People are already raising concerns. Will AI replace humans? What impact will it have on society? Is ChatGPT a writing machine? Will it make the writers redundant? Will DALL.E replace the artists? So many questions! I think, given the billions that Microsoft has pumped in to this advancing technology, it is going to make a formidable impact. Just like a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden, you would have to be living in a cave with earmuffs on to not notice it.

Some of my friends who know that I blog and do content writing, ask me if ChatGPT is affecting my profession? It’s like asking, did the calculators threaten mathematical ingenuity? Did the rise of machines cause cottage industry to perish? Did the computers pose a threat to office assistants? Did the tax software eliminate the accountant? The same logic applies to booksellers, postal services, travel trade, teachers, libraries et al. No, it won’t. Because, the core of human creativity comes from fluid intelligence, which is beyond the reach of artificial entities.

Let me tell you a story.

“Once upon a time in a small village, there lived a lonely girl named Lily. She grew up in poverty, various hardships in life. Despite the difficulties, Lily possessed a kind and resilient spirit that would carry her through the most challenging times.

Lily's parents passed away when she was very young, leaving her an orphan. She was taken in by a distant relative who cared for her minimally. The village was not a wealthy one, and the poverty affected everyone, but Lily was among the most unfortunate. She lived in a small, dilapidated hut with few possessions. The days were long and filled with struggle, as Lily searched for ways to survive.

Though burdened by her circumstances, Lily found solace in nature. The village was surrounded by beautiful landscapes, lush green fields, and vibrant flowers. She often spent her days exploring the countryside, collecting wildflowers, and marveling at the wonders of the natural world. Through her connection with nature, Lily found a temporary escape from her loneliness and poverty.

As she grew older, Lily's resilience and determination inspired her to seek better opportunities. She started working odd jobs in the village, doing household chores, and assisting the local farmers. Despite her meager earnings, she managed to save a little every month, dreaming of a brighter future.

During one of her village wanderings, Lily encountered a kind-hearted old woman named Martha. Martha recognized something special in Lily and offered her a part-time job at her small tailor shop. Grateful for the opportunity, Lily eagerly accepted. Over time, Lily learned the art of tailoring and began to make beautiful garments.

Lily's talent and dedication shone through her work, and soon, word of her skills spread beyond the village. People from nearby towns sought her creations, bringing her more customers and financial stability. With her persistent efforts, Lily's income began to improve gradually. She continued to work for Martha during the day and sewed her own designs at night, dreaming of establishing her own boutique one day.

As the years went by, Lily's determination and talent eventually led her to open a small boutique in the heart of a nearby town. Her designs were unique and exquisite, attracting customers from all walks of life. Despite her success, Lily never forgot her humble beginnings or the feeling of isolation she had once experienced.

In an inspiring turn of events, Lily used her boutique's profits to start a foundation to help orphaned children and those living in poverty. She provided them with shelter, education, and opportunities to improve their lives. Lily's foundation became widely known for its compassionate work, and she became a symbol of hope and resilience in the community.

Lily's story continued to inspire people, and the lonely girl who once struggled with poverty became a beacon of light for others in similar situations. She proved that with determination, hard work, and compassion, one can overcome any adversity. Lily's life became a testament to the power of the human spirit and the impact one person can have on the lives of many.

And so, the story of Lily, the once lonely and poor girl, became a legend, reminding all who heard it that no matter how dire the circumstances, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.”

End of story.

I was curious to see what ChatGPT could do. So, I decided to type a query: “can you write a story on the life of a lonely poor girl in 10000 characters?” And, voila! This is the power of openAI. To me, this experiment was both exhilarating and somewhat unsettling to witness.

How was the grammar and syntax? Spot on. Was it conversational? Yes. Would it drum up any professional leads? Sure, yes. How long did it take to tell the story? Just 10 seconds. Did it sound like it was written by a human? Yes. Perfect flow and well-researched too. Was it a persuasive and compelling storytelling? Somewhat; more like it was imparting information. Overall, not bad at all. It is indeed a handy writing tool. It’s not a perfect parallel, but then you could always improve and tailor the content separately to your liking and include social media later. Fact is, it would have written a book, had I asked it to… and then converted it into an ebook, picture-book, video, animation, endless possibilities to explore here! This is just a tip of the iceberg.

OpenAI or any similar language model is indeed a powerful and versatile tool with astonishing capabilities... way beyond our imagination. It would suffice to know that AI has large amounts of information on everything and everyone, and this combined with the sophisticated and complex algorithms, gives it the capability of interpreting, synthesizing and translating between multiple informational modalities.  It has the potential to transform life as we know it, making serious changes in medicine, green energy, food production, education, finance, sports, transportation, agriculture, entertainment, customer service and more elemental facets of human existence.

Let me share a few URLs with you, my readers. Get started on your AI journey if you haven’t already. Enjoy and take advantage of this unique human and machine collaborative experience.

  1. Seeking conversational exchanges about your profession? Do you need help with drafting emails and letters, generating code, answering queries, providing translation? Use

  2. Want to generate documents, presentations, and webpages quickly? Use

  3. Need to create visually appealing, professionally designed presentation templates for your business? Use for impactful presentations

  4. Fed up of overwhelming number of subscriptions and emails in your inbox? Use to declutter your mailbox

  5. Want to gain access to an article of your choice on a news website? Use to bypass paywalls and make content visible

  6. Want free access to academic research papers and scientific articles? Use to access scholarly content, or summarizing LinkedIn post or a YouTube video

  7. Looking for interactive conversations with your documents? Use for enhanced document reading experience

  8. Want to improve your communication skills for online meetings, job interviews, work presentations, sales calls, and other speaking engagements? Use for judgement free speech coaching

  9. Unable to turn your spreadsheet, regex, VBA into a formula? Use to turn your text into formulae

  10. Want to access email address and mobile number of any person on LinkedIn for free? Uh oh! Tempting as it sounds, let us make a resolve to use the internet responsibly and respectfully and avoid crossing the legal and ethical boundaries.

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

— Stephen Hawking

In our journey into a future, we know that machines are going to occupy significant roles. Whether they could pose a threat to humanity, remains to be seen as this notion seems extreme and uncertain. However, like a big fish would eat a small fish, social manipulation of both individuals and nations is likely to occur.

Even so, let’s hope that by harnessing the remarkable capabilities of machines alongside human ingenuity and creativity, we can unlock unprecedented advancements and embark on new frontiers of discovery. 

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