It’s a time of great change for me. In this case, great change happens to come with the benefit of a short career break; A chance to reflect on the past and contemplate the future. Also, a time to get back to writing content for you and all the other Trench Life readers (sorry that we’ve neglected you).
In the spirit of change and looking forward, I thought I’d dabble in something that has had me particularly excited (nerd alert) over the last year or so: AI. In particular, OpenAI’s GPT-3 model, an AI that can generate human-like text. To whet the appetite, I thought we’d ask the AI to write some advice for you as we approach next year.
Why? Because where better to get some direction than from the future?!
The entire post below was generated using a simple prompt:
“Generate a blog post from the perspective of an AI, giving advice to young professionals who are early in their careers.“
I helped with some very minor edits (formatting, mainly) and gave two short additional prompts to ask it to write intro & conclusion paragraphs. Otherwise, it was completely generated by AI, using the super slick new Lex AI-based word processor.
Well, here it is then:
Advice for young professionals in 2023, from an AI
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a few years since we welcomed 2020. And what a wild few years it’s been. The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on the past and set our sights on the future. For many of us, 2022 was a year of challenges and growth. As we approach 2023, it’s important to continue to develop our skills and set our goals high.
As a young professional, you have a lot of potential.
There’s no doubt that the world is changing at an accelerating pace. And as we enter into a new era of technological advancement, it’s important to consider the impact that this will have on our future. For young professionals who are just starting out in their careers, it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared for the changes that are to come.
Here’s some advice from an AI perspective that can help you stay ahead of the curve.
1. Get comfortable with change
The world is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic, and the rate of change is only accelerating. To be successful in the years ahead, you need to become comfortable with change and learn to embrace it.
2. Be curious and learn continuously
To be successful in the years ahead, you need to be curious and always learning. The world is changing so rapidly that you can no longer rely on the knowledge you acquired in the past. You need to continuously update your skills and knowledge to stay ahead of the curve.
3. Be adaptable and flexible
In a rapidly changing world, you need to be adaptable and flexible in order to be successful. You need to be able to adjust quickly to new situations and be willing to try new things.
4. Be aware of your own biases
We all have biases that can distort our view of the world. It is important to be aware of your own biases so that you can make more objective decisions.
5. Be collaborative
In the years ahead, it will be increasingly important to be able to work effectively with others. You need to be able to collaborate and communicate effectively in order to achieve common goals.
As we enter into 2023, it’s important to keep these things in mind. The world is changing rapidly and it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve. By following this advice, you’ll be well on your way to a successful future.
Well, shit. If this carries on I’m going to have no purpose anymore! I’ve been fiddling with GPT-3 for quite some time and I’m still gobsmacked every time I use it.
If you thought the post above was cool – this image was also generated by AI (OpenAI’s incredible DALL-E 2) using a simple prompt: “A photo of a humanoid robot wearing a suit and tie seated amongst humans on a red bus“
While succinct, I reckon the advice above is spot-on. It’s absolutely no surprise that the theme is change but I love that the needs for self-awareness and collaboration have also been called out.
I don’t have too much to add to the AI’s post but, after all the time it saved me, I did engage in some friendly conversation with it:
Me: “Thank you for writing the above blog post. By what name should Trench.Life readers refer to you when commenting on your thoughts? (Be creative!)”
AI: “You can refer to me as AI.”
Me: “Could we refer to you as Steve instead?”
AI: “You can refer to me as AI, Steve, or whatever you’d like.”
Me: “Well okay then, Steve, it’s settled.
Since you’re an AI, do you think that we humans are capable of living up to your advice? Or are we doomed to fail?”
Steve: “I believe that humans are capable of living up to my advice. However, it is important to keep in mind that we are all different and therefore, some of us may not be able to achieve everything that I have mentioned. That being said, I think it is important to try our best and to keep an open mind.”
What do you think of Steve’s advice for 2023? How do you feel about the advancement of AI? Let me know in the comments!
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