In the new age… Humans imagine new things. Machines optimize anything. Humans and Machines can co-create everything. You’ll need 5 things to thrive. 1) You must become emotionally fluent. We will improve our emotional literacy. We think ChatGPT is good at emotion because we are so bad at them. We confuse being born with emotions with having emotional literacy. Having the tool does not equate to skill or mastery. We don’t expect a baby to be born fluent in Italian or Mandarin because they have vocal cords. To evaluate AI emotion using human emotional skill is to use a very, very low bar for AI. 2) You’ll have to become great at in-person connection. We will value “live everything” again. By 2025 most of what you see online will be created in whole or part with a GenAI. Influencers and marketers will make their own deepfakes to automate content. You won’t be able to tell what is machine-made and what is human. We will place more value on in-person to confirm human. 3) Find a way to value your imperfections. We will become so used to perfection that we will value imperfection more. GenAI will result in more elegant, eloquent, visually appealing words, images and videos. Some people will generate imperfections but most folks will take the easy route and make pretty things. Eventually the prettiness will become normal and we will seek out the unusual. 4) You’ll need to find and refine your uniqueness The Great Same-fi-cation will increase the value of diversity of all kinds. As things online begin to converge around a visual and auditory mean, we will seek out differences in things and ach other. Neuro, racial, physical, and avatar diversity will attract us more. 5) Go dream big and create new things. We will become more creative. The new GenAI tools will unleash creativity as more humans will be able to express their ideas at a higher quality level and resolution. I once used MidJourney to share a dream. Expect more of that. You’re about to get a great deal more power to express. Love, Nichol WBO Image credit: Prompted by Pavel P.S. Here’s the rest of the series: Witnessing and Other Proof-of-Human Things in the Era of GenAI ChatGPT and the Human Soul Wellbeing and Generative AI The Extended Mind and Transformative Tech: Why it matters Gratitude and Longevity? Love and Tech, Tech and Love The New Science of Emotion and Transformative Tech: Why it matters Experiences as validated Mental Health Treatments? Evolution Favors Fitness, Not Reality 😯 Augmented Imagination Human Syncing and Group Flow Humanizing the Singularity Six Takeaways From My Day-to-day Work Overview: Deep Human – Warm Up Build while Being My Core Premise Growth Triangle The Choice The Growth 🔼 – The Metaverse — a Growth Triangle for Billions? Design Principles – The Metaverse as Human Potential Tech The Stack My Origin Story — And Why We Need Human Embodiment AND Technology The Metaverse (and the Future of Human Intelligence) A New Oath to Take? Defining Modern Neurorights Blockchain for Transformation? Collaborative Capacity How are Paradigm Shifts a Growth Tool?
Machines can do anything but only humans can witness humans. Witnessing is not about eloquence nor facts. It’s not about engineered imperfections nor generated perfection. It’s not a sales tree or a slow build sales conversion. You know what witnessing is… as much by when you’ve felt this gift as when you hoped for it and were denied. It’s what happens in that moment, when you bring out your deepest vulnerability and another human sees you in your hope, fear, longing and doesn’t turn away. Alexander Milov’s Burning Man Festival sculpture of the human condition illustrates this point perfectly. Most likely, you’ve been here too. I know I have. Can AI mimic this online? Yes. But soon almost everything online will be made by GenAI, even if it isn’t labeled. And while soon AI may be “good enough” to respond perfectly to your inner-child. It won’t bring the belonging of knowing a fleshy, imperfect, curious, human accepts you. Flawed and imperfect as you are. And when the Great Same-i-fication kicks in You’ll have more content than ever, yet find something missing. You’ve probably already stopped reading or watching once you get that “Gen-ny feeling.” * I know I have. As humans, we want and need to be together. Our understanding of human togetherness advanced dramatically last year. Through tech like hyperscanning we’re getting closer to knowing what this really means. I predict that we will eventually discover through science the miracle of us (more on that later). Expect the value of in-person to rise as we counterbalance the online Great Same-i-fication and that Gen-ny feeling. There will be more live events, live meetings, live music, and live creation. There will be more things to smell, and touch, and taste. Expect Proof-of-Human to rise as we seek to confirm — in this comment, this response, this moment, have I been witnessed by another human? I’m excited. I want us to advance human intelligence by using tech to become Deep Humans i.e. deeply embodied humans. I want us to expand ourselves and our capacity. And I want it for everyone. Join me here to discuss now. Love, Nichol *“Gen-ny feeling” – New made-up word about how GenAI feels, or when you suspect something has been “Gen-ed” WBO – Written by Human — P.S. Here’s the rest of the series: ChatGPT and the Human Soul Wellbeing and Generative AI The Extended Mind and Transformative Tech: Why it matters Gratitude and Longevity? Love and Tech, Tech and Love The New Science of Emotion and Transformative Tech: Why it matters Experiences as validated Mental Health Treatments? Evolution Favors Fitness, Not Reality 😯 Augmented Imagination Human Syncing and Group Flow Humanizing the Singularity Six Takeaways From My Day-to-day Work Overview: Deep Human – Warm Up Build while Being My Core Premise Growth Triangle The Choice The Growth 🔼 – The Metaverse — a Growth Triangle for Billions? Design Principles – The Metaverse as Human Potential Tech The Stack My Origin Story — And Why We Need Human Embodiment AND Technology The Metaverse (and the Future of Human Intelligence) A New Oath to Take? Defining Modern Neurorights Blockchain for Transformation? Collaborative Capacity How are Paradigm Shifts a Growth Tool?
Much of what has been written about ChatGPT is: a) how to use it for marketing or cheating, or b) how GenAI’s will change the world while violating copyrights I’ve been thinking about how GenAIs will change us. I predict that you’re going to have to become your truest self. Here’s why. If you’re old enough, you remember tech before Apple and dorm rooms before IKEA (I just dated myself ;-)). Tech and apps before Apple were for the most part clunky, and ugly, and felt designed to be complex. As if difficulty were a justification for existence. And IKEA ushered in visually appealing inexpensive furniture — as long as you never moved it. In both cases, those two companies’ surge to category dominance raised the floor of human expectation by making design aesthetics more accessible. Good luck launching an ugly tech product today! GenAI is doing the same. My estimate is that by the end of next year, most of what you see or read on the internet will be written or imaged by a GenAI. Most social media posts, blogs, images, video, website copy, etc. The images will be prettier, more specific, and the copy will be cleaner, with less grammatical mistakes. There will also be way more volume of content as now the cost throttle on high quality, elegant, content will be removed. For example, the game Dark Mode cost $10 and 1 week to make. Per Mattias Lungeman, an investor in Electric Noir Studios, this is a “mind-blowing 1/150000 of the average TV show budget.” Or 800,000X less than a Horror Movie. Or > 5000X less than an indie game. So where does the human soul come into this? Something curious happened the other day. Koko, the mental health app, used ChatGPT to craft mental health text responses. Most of the world focused on did the clients* know? Yes. Or were there humans involved to ensure that responses were appropriate? Yes. Or is it ethical? Depends. For me, I noticed something else. Even though the supervised responses were faster, more elegant, and “better” than those created solely by humans — the company discovered that they didn’t feel better. Koko’s clients preferred imperfect human responses to perfect machine-generated replies. This is the key. While machines can create anything, only humans can witness humans. We have a great deal of biology that is finely tuned to witness and be witnessed by humans online or offline. I also spend a great deal of time learning how people really change. Growth is my hobby and I am a Conscious Leadership Group-trained Executive and Founder coach. From what I’ve observed, I don’t think we can “own” and integrate our growth and change without other humans. Yogi in a cave? (easy!) Yogi at Thanksgiving dinner, well that’s how you know if you’ve changed or not. Considering both tech and human potential, I think the arrival of the GenAI’s will force us to grow in ways we didn’t expect. The Great Same-i-Fication The GenAI’s will improve the overall look, feel, speed, and cost of things. They will also usher in the Great Same-i-fication, where just like with Apple and IKEA, everything you watch or read begins to feel the same. Already, MidJourney has a face that she loves. It’s called Miss MidJourney, and unless you are a very attentive prompt builder, and work deliberately against it, she will put that face in your images. I suspect that ChatGPT has a tone that they will prefer. And lazy prompt building or high volume generation will result in a great deal of “perfect” and “elegant” content — that will begin to feel the same. Right now, it’s very exciting and fresh, but once we all know that its machine generated it will begin to land less and less. Expect more outrageous headlines as the algorithms try to find a way in, but slowly the same-i-fication will seep in, and you’ll take what you see with much less attention. What will capture your attention, will be imperfectly perfect humans. People Peopling (more Love Island) and humans Deep Humaning (more soul). Technology is like water. Water is fully integrated with life. It is neither bad nor good – it is both. In this new digital age, you must be a swimmer, able to swim in the ocean of technology. Too much water. You drown. Too little water. You dehydrate and fall behind. Surely, swimming with GenAI means becoming an expert PromptBuilder. It also means that to stand out in any way, for any reason, you must discover who you really are. Authenticity will matter more and more. Our senses will ferret out the difference between a tinny, irritating, high-pitched “personal brand” and a Deep Human. My favorite book in the world is The Great Work of Your Life. The book posits that your dharma is to find what you are here to bring forth. I have read it over and over, in good times and bad. I have read it while “successful” and “triumphant”– and found inspiration. And I have read it on my knees, crying and lost — and found comfort. This book nudges you to consider this… Why are you here? What does your soul desire to create? Who are you, you perfectly imperfect human? And today, how strange it is, that becoming your truest self will become the most reasonable response to GenAI. Love, Nichol P.S. This is written and edited by a human (WBH) P.S.S. This image is what MidJourneythinks with /imagine the Human Soul “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” — Gospel of Thomas *I prefer “clients” to “users” as I think “users” promotes bad behavior by objectifying the humans who utilize the things that we build. Even if you have 10M of them – treat them like clients. P.S.S. Here’s the rest of […]
If you’ve lived long enough, you know when you see something that represents a seismic shift. An A.D. / B.C. cultural moment, an “internet” type thing… Generative AI is this. ChatGPT, MidJourney, StableDiffusion etc. Pay close attention. Nothing after this is the same. Right now the dominant conversation on GenAI is around: Is it violating copyright or not? (probably) Is it accurate or not? (sometimes) Will it eliminate artists? (commercial graphic artists – many, the expression of the human soul – solid no) Should (could) it be banned from schools or not? (heh, good luck) Should (could) it be watermarked when used or not? (good idea) Are there HUGE ethical considerations that must be navigated? (YES. YES. YES.) Will there be AI regulatory action that will include GenAI? (most likely) Wherever you land on the above, what is unarguable is that GenAI is here to stay. And personally, I’m excited. Everything new and powerful has issues. Have a point of view? Then build something with GenAI that properly expresses your views on how things should/could be. AI is exponential. You can build something now MAS vs. SAS (model as a service vs. software as a service) that you couldn’t afford just a year ago. Build. Your actions will shape the space more than complaints. My question is, how do we leverage GenAI to support human mental, emotional, and social health and happiness? For me: For Empowerment. I made a New Years message in 20 minutes total that allowed me to express my creativity far beyond my artistic or video editing skills. I feel empowered. Prompt building for Human2Human comms. I think quality prompt building, where you must say what you want and how you want it to feel, will train humans to say what they want and how they feel to other humans. This is a second-order effect from using the tech. I have been encouraging builders to keep this in as a way to allow GenAI to have prosocial side effects. For Storytelling. The speed that GenAI renders allows it to be used to craft a story. I use MidJourney on business calls to co-create an image with the person I’m meeting. We prompt-build together and I send it to them as a token of our joint creativity and expression. What are the experiments that you can run? Mental Health services Early diagnosis of cognitive diseases We are builders and I encourage you to start to play and build — your efforts could help shape how humanity addresses the open questions above. Love, Nichol P.S. It will never be easier, cheaper, with more wide open lanes than RIGHT NOW. Things people are doing: Connect your ChatGPT with your Whatsapp. Link: http://bit.ly/3ZfmyzC ChatGPT Writer : It use ChatGPT to generate emails or replies based on your prompt! Link: http://bit.ly/3vGB3if WebChatGPT: WebChatGPT (http://bit.ly/3CsA210) gives you relevant results from the web! YouTube Summary with ChatGPT: It generate text summaries of any YouTube video! Link: http://bit.ly/3QhismB TweetGPT: It uses ChatGPT to write your tweets, reply, comment, etc. Link: http://bit.ly/3k0vOY4 Search GPT: It display the ChatGPT response alongside Google Search results Link: http://bit.ly/3X8GySx ChatGPT or all search engines: You can now view ChatGPT responses on Google and Bing! Link: http://bit.ly/3QlH2Tl Save all your Prompts?: The `ChatGPT History` extension has you covered! Link: http://bit.ly/3ijtDP8 Remake a video: Just pick a video you liked and visit https://lnkd.in/e_GD2reT to get its transcript. Once done, bring that back to Chat GPT and tell it to summarize the transcript. Read the summary and make a video on that yourself. Search what people are Prompting with FlowGPT Link: https://flowgpt.com Website scraping Book Writing — P.S.S. Here’s the rest of the series: The Extended Mind and Transformative Tech: Why it matters Gratitude and Longevity? Love and Tech, Tech and Love The New Science of Emotion and Transformative Tech: Why it matters Experiences as validated Mental Health Treatments? Evolution Favors Fitness, Not Reality 😯 Augmented Imagination Human Syncing and Group Flow Humanizing the Singularity Six Takeaways From My Day-to-day Work Overview: Deep Human – Warm Up Build while Being My Core Premise Growth Triangle The Choice The Growth 🔼 – The Metaverse — a Growth Triangle for Billions? Design Principles – The Metaverse as Human Potential Tech The Stack My Origin Story — And Why We Need Human Embodiment AND Technology The Metaverse (and the Future of Human Intelligence) A New Oath to Take? Defining Modern Neurorights Blockchain for Transformation? Collaborative Capacity How are Paradigm Shifts a Growth Tool?
Our thoughts are intrinsically connected to our wellness, health, and cognitive tasks such as problem-solving and decision-making. I think most people believe thinking happens the same way a superhero uses superpowers: whether flying or reading minds, all a hero needs to save the day is contained within abilities that are solely managed by their brains. Sounds simple enough. But what we don’t realize is, just like superheroes need a bite from a spider or a nearby building to crush their enemies, our brains also reach out to the external world to construct our thoughts. Our brains rely on our feelings, our surroundings, and, of course, our relationships with our fellow humans. Maybe that’s our superpower – not reading minds, but using what’s in the mind of others. 🙂 Annie Murphy Paul has revolutionized the way we think about thinking by proposing we actively and consciously engage with our surroundings. This has profound implications to our mental health and, of course, opens new possibilities in the technology realm. Together with Hagit Alon, Stephanie DuPont, Silvana Carolina Joy, Terence Daniels, Tara Lutman, Eric Nielsen, Quintus Jett, Maria Reina, Peter Tjeerdsma, we embarked on a journey to learn from The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Paul. Below is what we think matters for Transformative Tech. Thinking happens outside the brain Human brains are usually perceived as computers – a piece of hardware made with organic matter and electrical current, reseted to factory settings with proprietary software upon birth. A more dynamic analogy sees the brain as a muscle that can be exercised, improved, and grown. Paul, on the other hand, suggests that the brain is actually like magpies, a bird that builds its nest not only with tree branches but with materials found all around their environment. In her book, Paul presents the theory of the extended mind: thinking doesn’t happen solely inside the brain and is instead a result of incorporating what we learn from our bodies (through feelings, movement, and gestures), our surroundings (through natural spaces, built interiors, and externalized ideas), and our relationships (through experts, peers, and groups). Big Ramifications for Transformative Tech Paul’s The Extended Mind makes us question whether our common way of perceiving thinking – that the only thinking which matters is the mental kind – really tells the whole story. Transformative technologies can support the myriad ways in which we expand our brains to solve problems, make decisions, and form relationships. For example: If our bodies respond to the external world before our brains even have a chance to process that information, how can we become more aware of our feelings, reactions, and physical responses? Interoception, for instance, is the perception of sensations inside the body. Can technology improve our interoception by providing us with biofeedback and biological frameworks to identify and use our sensations? Are there technologies supporting the creation of environments that are more conducive to extending our minds? How can technology help us revel in unbuilt, natural environments to take full advantage of nature’s impact on our brains? Because we use other people’s thoughts to construct our own, how can technology bridge people and facilitate communication? How can it help us translate what is in our minds so other minds can use it? Big Ethical Considerations for Transformative Tech Needless to say, the consequences of Paul’s revolutionary approach to thinking are huge for us. For instance, as architects, designers, and engineers, we could soon build workspaces and living spaces that promote brain overflow, allowing us to easily tap into our environment to think more creatively and solve problems more efficiently. We could create wearables, sensors, and monitors that increase our interoception so we can name our body responses and feel our feelings. Further, we could soon create technologies that will easily tap into other people’s minds. Which, of course, has ethical considerations and can get scary (“thought piracy” holds potential threat). Below is a summary of each team member’s take-away for our Transformative Tech community within the chapters of The Extended Mind. As always, I am excited about your thoughts and opinions on how this new understanding of the brain changes the way you view, use, or create transformative technologies. Love, Nichol, and Hagit Alon, Stephanie DuPont, Silvana Carolina Joy, Terence Daniels, Tara Lutman, Eric Nielsen, Quintus Jett, Maria Reina, Peter Tjeerdsma. P.S. If you want to participate in the next session. We will be reading the classic Embodied Mind with the session on Dec 16th from 10-12 AM PST. Sign-up here if you want to join. CHAPTER REFLECTIONS Chapter TT Takeaway Introduction, interpreted by Hagit Alon, PhD The human thought process is not limited to internal brain processes only. We use what is encountered in the outside world to process information and make decisions. Technology designers usually focus on secondary brain capacities, such as memory, logical rigor, abstraction, and focused attention. Transformative Tech can act as a pioneer in technologies centered on primary brain capacities, which are outlined in the following chapters. Recognizing and identifying how our brain uses the external world to function will enhance our thinking process and support the creation of transformative technologies. Thinking with Sensations, interpreted by Stephanie DuPont, PhD Our bodies respond to the environment and then send signals to our brain for processing and interpretation. Not the other way around. Hence, being aware of the inner state of one’s body (interoception) can manage energy levels, increase resilience, lower stress, and improve overall well-being. Body cues such as a shiver, a breath, a sigh, etc. can act as “somatic rudders”, allowing individuals to clarify and decodify their feelings and responses before carrying out decisions. Because the body reacts faster than the brain, technologies that enhance self-awareness through meditation, interoception, and similar practices are relevant. The external world can enhance interoception, such as using wearable technologies for feedback and enhancing emotional intelligence – in this sense, botox can sever human connection as it “disables” body signals from ourselves and others. Thinking with […]