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How GPT can change your life

An exploration, a collaboration.

About the Book

The purpose of this book is to explore how technology like ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) might change our lives.

I'm excited to be working with ChatGPT, and ChatGPT seems keen to help. Here's how ChatGPT describes the book:

"Embark on a journey of AI-powered personal growth with 'How GPT Can Change Your Life.' Martin and ChatGPT collaborate to uncover the ways GPT can change the way we think, work, and connect. Don't miss this exploration of human-AI collaboration."

All proceeds to charity:

Advance (self-)criticism with GPT

"In a glaring attempt to ride the coattails of Alain de Botton's insightful and thought-provoking work, "How Proust Can Change Your Life," the author of "How GPT Can Change Your Life" delivers a rather impudent and unoriginal adaptation. It seems that the primary motivation here is to capitalize on the popularity of artificial intelligence and GPT, rather than offering a genuine exploration of the subject matter.

The premise of the book itself appears to be a mere rehashing of de Botton's approach, with the author replacing Proust's wisdom with the AI-powered GPT. While de Botton masterfully wove in Proust's ideas to present a meaningful exploration of how literature can enrich our lives, the author of "How GPT Can Change Your Life" falls far short of providing any substantial depth.

The book's attempt to engage with philosophical discussions around GPT's impact on human life feels forced and, at times, inauthentic. It appears the author is more interested in drawing superficial parallels between GPT and the ideas of renowned philosophers like Proust, Zhuangzi, Anscombe, Popper, and Kleist, rather than genuinely engaging with their theories.

Throughout the book, the author's reliance on clichés and common-place views is both disappointing and irritating. The reader is left with a sense of déjà vu, as if the same ideas have been recycled time and time again. Instead of a fresh perspective on the intersection of artificial intelligence and human thought, the author delivers a lukewarm and uninspiring analysis.

In conclusion, "How GPT Can Change Your Life" is an impudent and unoriginal attempt to adapt Alain de Botton's classic work. It lacks the depth, insight, and charm that made "How Proust Can Change Your Life" a must-read. Those seeking genuine philosophical discussions on the potential impact of GPT on human life should look elsewhere, as this book is little more than a shadow of de Botton's masterpiece."

About the Author

Martin Klimmek
Martin Klimmek

In my professional life I work to build value from data in sustainable industry. I have a PhD in Statistics from the University of Warwick. I'm interested in communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution and have become an accredited mediator (CIArb and CEDR) while exploring these areas. My current projects include developing my understanding of legal perspectives on dispute and conflict through a part-time LLM at City, University of London and learning Chinese Mandarin (step by step, very slowly).

Table of Contents

    • Front Matter
      • About me
    • Introduction (Motivation)
      • Scratching the surface
      • First encounters
      • An outline
      • Another caution
  • Part 1
    • 1.1 How Kleist Can Change Your Life with ChatGPT
      • Conversation as a Tool for Thought
      • Adaptability and Flexibility in Communication
      • Honesty in Communication
      • Summary: How Kleist Can Change Your Life with ChatGPT
      • Suggested Further Reading
    • 1.2 How Popper can change your life with ChatGPT
      • Popper and ChatGPT
      • Applying Popper’s thinking
      • How can ChatGPT help us?
      • How this could change your life
    • 1.3: How Proust Can Change Your Life with ChatGPT
      • Proust’s Key Ideas
      • Examples
      • Applying Proust’s thinking
      • How ChatGPT can help us
      • How this could change your life
    • 1.4 How Elizabeth Anscombe can change your life with ChatGPT
      • Anscombe’s Key Ideas
      • Examples
      • Applying Anscombe’s thinking
      • How can ChatGPT help us?
      • How this could change your life
    • 1.5 How Zhuangzi Can Change Your Life with ChatGPT
      • Zhuangzi’s Key Ideas
      • Applying Zhuangzi’s Ideas to ChatGPT
      • Conclusion
  • Part 2
    • 2.1 Language, Culture, and Negotiation: A Case-Study
      • Background: Converting Chinese Characters to the Alphabetic System
      • Callery and the Qieyinzi
      • Viguier’s Adaptation
      • Wade-Giles System
      • Wang Zhao’s Phonetic Alphabet
      • Song Shu’s Contributions
      • Wang Jingchun’s Negotiation Mastery: A Lesson for Today’s Global Challenges
      • Writing this article
    • 2.2 Creating a small business
      • Calendars that start when you want them to
      • Introducing the Idea to ChatGPT and Refining
    • 2.3 Spontaneous Language Practice
      • Setting up my Daily Exercise
      • ChatGPT
      • Creating study material
    • 2.4 Memory and Spaced Repetition
      • On spaced repetition, memory and ChatGPT
      • Automating Anki cards with ChatGPT
      • Further conversations
    • 2.5 An Essay to test an idea: On Hedgehogs, Foxes, and GPT
      • The history of the essay as a literary form
      • The Interplay of Human Creativity and GPT: A Philosophical Exploration Inspired by Isaiah Berlin’s “The Hedgehog and the Fox”
    • 2.6 A travel plan for Paris
      • The Question
      • Itinerary V1
      • Refining the tour with Kleist, Popper, Anscombe, Proust…
      • AI related diversions
      • Making the itinerary portable
      • Visualising the route
      • The Map
      • During the visit
      • XML code to upload as .KML file to generate a map
    • 2.7 Historial Exploration: Friedrich II. (Stupor Mundi)
      • Background and Context
      • Friedrich’s Rule
      • The excommunications
      • Culture, Language, Diplomacy
      • A critical perspective
      • How Friedrich II might inspire use
      • Addendum: On Mindmaps
  • Part 3
    • Chapter 3.1. Introduction: The GPT revolution
      • What does GPT stand for?
      • GPT in context
      • Developments since 2010
      • The Power of Attention
      • Perspectives on attention
      • How GPT and the Power of Attention might change your life
      • Skeptical reflections on the impact of AI and Language Models in Modern Society
      • The Double-Edged Sword of AI in Communication and Writing
    • Chapter 3.2. GPT and Writing Skills - Transforming Communication and Learning
      • The Impact of GPT on Professional Communication and Collaboration
      • Education and Learning
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3.3. GPT as a Tool for Personalized Learning and Tutoring - Democratizing Access to Education and Fostering Creativity in Art
      • The Role of AI in Democratizing Access to Education
      • Creativity and Art
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3.4. The Use of GPT in Generating Creative Content - Implications for Human Creativity and Collaboration with AI
      • GPT as a Creative Catalyst
      • Implications for Human Creativity and Collaboration with AI
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3.5. Mental Health and Personal Growth - Harnessing GPT for Support, Self-Reflection, and Guidance
      • Utilizing GPT for Mental Health Support, Self-Reflection, and Guidance
      • The Potential for AI-Generated Insights to Foster Personal Growth
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3.6. Work and Business - Harnessing GPT for Efficiency and Navigating Ethical Challenges
      • The Role of GPT in Automating Tasks and Increasing Efficiency
      • Ethical Considerations and the Impact on Job Markets
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3.7. Ethics and the Future of AI - Navigating Risks, Benefits, and the Intersection of Statistical and Symbolic Approaches
      • Potential Risks and Benefits of Widespread GPT Usage
      • Balancing Privacy, Security, and Accessibility in AI Applications
      • Conclusion
    • 3.8 Conclusion: Embracing the GPT Era
      • Preparing for a Future Shaped by AI Advancements
      • The Importance of Responsible AI Development and Use
      • GPT’s Reflections on “How GPT Can Change Your Life”
  • Part 4: Concluding Reflections (Notes)
      • What is it like working with GPT
      • How will GPT change my life?
      • Reflections on 3 April 2023 (Following the 2-week Sprint)
  • Notes

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