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: http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/
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
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).