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In defence of Parrots...

Spring is almost upon us across the Nordics, the birds are starting to sing, and recently I've become fascinated by Parrots.

It maybe baked into my subconscious. I used to have a Budgie called "Spike" and he would sit on my Mum's shoulder, hurling swear words, while she cooked. British kitchen hygiene circa the 1970s.

Let's back up. Ever seen the same presentation several times, crammed with buzzwords and corporate speak that would suck the energy out of the room and provide few insights? Or listened to management gurus soaring high on the trade winds of disruption, feasting off a fusion of futuristic fables, monetising their mumblings as management hang on their every word? Rhetorical...

Over the last week I've seen some interesting speeches, live and online, where a number of esteemed gurus, many of them educators, have been stating that ChatGPT just parrot's out text.


I presume they are representing the thoughts and capabilities of the millions of users who are utilising it for thousands of other uses cases?

Apparently not. Apparently, if the bot can't adequately handle scientific citations then it's of no use to anyone else!

I saw a remarkable chart the other day that compared the time it took ChatGPT to reach a million users (5 days) vs Instagram and Spotify. I wonder if all those users were just listening to the same song.

Individual or team utility is relative. Just because someone can't find a productive use for something that clearly has a lot of utility, that doesn't mean no one else will.

This last week I ran my first workshop for a client where we used ChatGPT and DALL.E 2 as the basis for group discussions on various aspects of the business. The results were astounding, and there was not a yellow sticky in sight!

Currently, I'm using ChatGPT for structuring ideas around converging technologies, organisational development, AI-platform business model exploration, writing YouTube scripts, and a number of other areas that would previously take days or weeks to move along.

In parallel, a daily dose of YouTubers who generously share their insights and tips on prompt engineering to unlock even more value from ChatGPT, and other AI tools, helps me help others to accelerate business.

One of those tricks has been to get ChatGPT to give me exec summaries in layman's terms of the few dozen blogs I have written on Linkedin since January 2015. It was quite an eye opener. I won't bore you, Dear Reader, with a lot of parroted text, but below is a sample of how it interpreted my article last week entitled "Curiosity cured the conundrum":

ChatGPT executive summary:

The author describes the impact of generative AI, specifically ChatGPT, on organisations. He writes that individuals and teams are embracing the technology and using it to generate ideas and increase productivity. The author works with European organisations to research the commercial and public service applications of generative AI. He mentions the new skill of "Prompt Engineering" which involves effectively conversing with ChatGPT. The author predicts that as AI becomes integrated into enterprise tools, organizations will struggle to keep up with the speed of innovation but also have the potential to reap the benefits. Individuals within organizations will have more power to drive change and HR departments will be able to hire employees familiar with AI. The author believes that curiosity and AI will close the gap between ideas and implementation.

The author suggests that traditional operators may resist the rapid change brought about by AI and recommends accelerating targets. He refers to Scott Galloway's recent blog on the topic and emphasise the potential for generative AI to promote innovation and increase productivity.

It's quite a Parrot!

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