Artificial intelligence is taking the world by storm. For years, futurists, entrepreneurs, and tech companies have been predicting that AI would emerge to accelerate our lives and transform the business space. And now it seems the future is here.
This past month, ChatGPT
, a software application launched in November 2022 by leading artificial intelligence company OpenAI, captured the imagination of many in the general public with its amazing abilities to create conversational text, conduct human-like dialogue, and spontaneously answer complex questions. In just a few seconds, ChatGPT will draft a tender letter to a loved one, craft a poem in iambic pentameter for a friend, write an essay for school, or draft a real estate contract – all without having to think, sense, or know what to say yourself. It's a pretty stunning achievement.
If you haven't been following the space, it could feel like OpenAI has burst onto the scene. But in fact, the company was founded over seven years ago. It's just one of the thousands of small and large organizations doing work in AI that is already starting to change how we live.
On first blush, AI applications like ChatGPT appear to make things easier – saving you time and effort by short-cutting the need to come up with your own words of authentic expression. Instead of being the author, you can become the editor, guiding the iterative output of the AI chatbot by fine-tuning it to match your needs. No doubt, that's pretty cool.
But is it necessary? What if you already had inside you all the knowledge you needed? What if no one – not even the most sophisticated algorithm – could offer you what you could offer yourself?
As AI becomes more embedded in our society, we will have a choice as to how we use it. Will we rely on AI for our answers? Will we take a back seat to our own thoughts by editing what a computer spits back at us? Or will we use this incredible amount of new computer power to free up time and imagination for our own new, creative thinking?
We hope that whatever new gadget, tech tool, or AI bot comes our way, we will have the courage and trust to turn within to listen to the innate intelligence we were born with. We each have it. But as cloud computing, instantaneous facts, and artificial thinking embed themselves in the world around us, it can get harder and harder to trust ourselves.
When we talk about innate intelligence, we are talking about your own inner wisdom. It exists beyond facts, dates and times, contracts and essays. It is your intuition. Your deep knowing.
- What do you notice when you are noticing?
- How does your body speak to you?
- How do you know when you know?
These are clues to the deep wisdom that is inside of you. It's wisdom you can't – and don't need to – outsource to a computer.
There's no doubt that we're living in an incredible time of transformation. There's the potential for artificial intelligence, like every innovation that came before it, to raise the quality of our lives, transform work and the world for the better, and allow us to know who we really are more deeply. But if we only use it as a way to numb our consciousness instead of expanding it, we've missed the boat.
Let's make today the day we practice conscious evolution by tapping into the innate wisdom within.
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