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ChatGPT – The AI Friend we never knew we needed

ChatGPT– The AI Friend we never knew we needed

Ah, the 1970s! Back then, the height of technology was waiting for a dial telephone to be installed at our homes or offices. And you thought waiting in line for a new iPhone was bad! Imagine, waiting years for a phone that you would have to wait your turn to call a friend and leaving messages on an answering machine if they are not home? Talk about a delayed gratification.

Flash forward to today, and we’ve got smartphones that are practically an extension of our bodies. And now, we’ve got ChatGPT – an AI language platform that’s changing the way we live, communicate, and work. It’s like having a digital best friend who’s always ready to chat – and who never judges you for watching dog videos for hours on end.

But, let’s be real, there are some potential risks associated with relying too heavily on AI-based technologies. Who knows what kind of “hallucinations” ChatGPT could conjure up? I once asked it for a research-based theory, and it made up citations that looked like they were from a legit source. Not exactly helpful.

And let’s not forget about the ethical implications of using AI to perform tasks that humans have traditionally done, like writing and proofreading. It’s like we’re outsourcing our own brains! What’s next, ChatGPT taking over the world? Not sure I am ready for this robot uprising just yet.

All jokes aside, it’s clear that AI is having a profound impact on our society, and we need to approach it with curiosity, openness, and a commitment to our values. Who knows, maybe someday ChatGPT will be able to make us coffee and tell us what those values should be. In the meantime, I’ll be over here, trying to teach it how to communicate with a touch of tact and politeness.

Proof read by…ChatGPT

Created by ChatGPT

Insight from Business Day Focus 4.0

The Business Day Focus 4.0 Conference held at the beginning of March this year, aimed at exploring the implications of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) on our economy and society.
The presence of leading Hi-tech companies’ CEOs as keynote speakers and in panel discussions illustrated the importance of this topic to the business world.

Below are my three main takes from the conference:

1. It is not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” we adapt to the 4IR

According to MD Tech Accenture, Kirstan Sita, 85% of South African companies are vulnerable to future disruption (Accenture research).
One of the reasons companies fail is if they missed, or not responded fast enough, to changes in the market (Prof Bran Armstrong, Wits Business School). The more we delay our adopting to changes, the more we widen the gap.
The challenges of poor infrastructure development and the need for cities to work collaboratively towards the creation of smart cities was alerted by Liquid Telecom CEO Reshaad Sha.
It was reiterated that government has to elevate infrastructure as high priority and enable connectivity (survival need) in an equal distributed manner.

2. Technology is neutral. It is what we do with it that matters

Alison Jacobson from the Field Institute, argued that before looking at digital strategy of the business one needs to look at the business strategy and the specific needs of the business through the customers’ needs. “Do you understand your customers? Only then deploy the technology”. Competitiveness in the market and creating the competitive advantage has to be customer-centric.
Devina Maharaj from Digital Investec Bank recommended “Understand the needs first, than plug the gap with the relevant tech solution”.
According to Prof Brian, there are many reasons to automate. Machines have many advantages over human being. If the first and second industrial revolutions were about ‘machines enhancing power’ the third and fourth industrial revolutions are about ‘machines enhancing human brain power’. We need to stay alert in the wake of the ‘digital vortex’ upon us and be ahead of it.

3. Range of skills are needed for the future workforce

Assaf Luxembourg, Business Development Consultant from Israel, noted that ‘technology changes fast, but culture changes are slower’. He then recommended that each individual see himself/ herself as a ‘business unit’, as the ‘CEO of themselves’ and seek to promote oneself. Adjusting to the dynamic nature of the market he says, is to think as entrepreneur and not as employee (even if you are one).
Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville, CEO of YES, said that tech skills can be easily taught, the need is to create mechanisms to ensure that resources are available to the youth in all communities as in some of them access is limited.
The real skill needed to adjust to 4IR as noted by Alison are the abilities to identify the problem and use critical problem solving and team work.
We should ask, ‘how do we become the best version of ourselves by using technology’ and plan for our career to ensure relevance for the future.

Be ahead of the 'Digital Vortex'
Be ahead of the ‘Digital Vortex’