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Reporter’s Note: Before we get into this, thanks to the Beginners Weekly readers who pointed out the disconnect with my column last week. If you want to know about the situation of solo GPs – which oh boy, is rocky – please read my TC+ story here. Are Solo GPs broken? OK, now onto this week’s newsletter!
“AI Whisper” jobs are roles made for people who are savvy, agile engineers and can manipulate ChatGPT or other generative AI tools to get what they need. Bloomberg reported earlier this week that these jobs can earn an annual salary of up to $335,000. Cha-ching
It’s an impressive price tag for a role that was mind-boggling a year ago. It’s also a reminder that generative AI’s boom is creating a whole new set of questions about how we ask questions. I learned that by spending just a few minutes playing on ChatGPT, changing a few choice words and asking bullet points from three sentences, you can get answers to a variety of AI-generated questions.
Before we look at hiring general AI rapid engineering consulting practices—just kidding—I thought it would be helpful to summarize some of the top tips we’ve been hearing from the community on how to best interact with AI. Get him to give you the answers you need. We know that it is imperfect, that not every fact can be trusted, and that it sometimes remains silent. But what can we do with what we have?
Many techniques are weighed on Twitter – You can see the whole thing here. – But here are the top five tips
1. Overstatement. As someone put it, don’t be afraid to be extra when artificial intelligence takes off. There’s a difference between asking for a banana bread recipe and asking for an easy banana bread recipe that includes cardamom, takes less than an hour to bake, and has amazing ingredients. Or put differently, don’t just set a high standard, be aware of the tone and complexity of your choice of answers. The use of adjectives and adverbs is probably the most common tip I’ve received when asking for advice on how to be a better interviewer.
2. Ask for help. It’s not always easy to know how much you can get when you ask for AI – so why not ask for help? An entrepreneur He told me how to ask chatgpit based on what I was looking for, so ask something like, what information do you need from me for a San Francisco walking tour? AI will tell you what to look for – I wish humans were like that – and you’ll get a more tailored answer as a result.
3. Comment. Let’s say we ask: “A chatty but informative three-sentence explanation of the impact of generative AI on education, including at least one metaphor.” ChatGPT had a great response, but I didn’t like the response. tell me! Feedback is useful for training AI on the types of answers it likes and takes a split second. Here’s how that process went for me:
Natasha: Give me a conversational but informative three-sentence explanation of the impact of generative AI on education, including at least one metaphor.
Discussion GPT: Generative AI has the potential to transform education by serving as a virtual sherpa, guiding students on personalized learning journeys. Just as a Sherpa uses experience to guide climbers through treacherous terrain, AI can use large amounts of data to provide a customized path of knowledge. With the help of generative AI, education can become a more accessible and personalized journey, allowing students to reach new heights.
Natasha: I don’t like the Virtual Sherpa style. Also, can you be more specific about what new heights students can reach?
Discussion GPTGenerative AI can be thought of as a personal tutor, providing students with a custom-tailored curriculum that meets their individual needs and wants. As a skilled coach, AI can identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and provide them with targeted guidance to help them excel. With the help of generative AI, students can reach new heights by unlocking their full potential and gaining a deeper understanding of complex topics.
4. Ask for a sub. ChatGPT only responds to requests, so why not ask naked? One founder says they ask the pros and cons of every piece of advice they ask ChatGPT to give.
5. Shake a little. Telling AI to speak like me, and specifically to be vocal, charismatic, and informative, is self-indulgence? Maybe, but it helps. One of the biggest hacks I’ve learned is to throw up my Twitter handle when you ask for a deep dive on a topic. ChatGPT “Argue why Cauliflower is the best vegetable in @nmasc_ tone” instead of “Cauliflower is the best vegetable in Natasha Mascarenhas tone.” And since I know you’re curious about the former, I’ll leave you with the ChatGPT debate about cauliflower supremacy:
Okay, folks, get ready, because I’m about to address why cauliflower is the best vegetable out there. Let’s talk versatility first. This baby can be grilled, fried, mashed, mashed, fried, or even turned into buffalo wings. Name one other vegetable that can do all that, I hope.
And don’t even get me started on the health benefits. Cabbage is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium, while also being high in fiber and low in calories. In addition, it is a great source of antioxidants that help prevent disease and keep your body in tip-top shape.
But let’s be honest, the best thing about cauliflower is how delicious it is. Whether you’re enjoying it as a creamy soup, a spicy dip, or as a crispy pizza crust, cauliflower has a flavor and texture that can’t be beat. And let’s not forget its ability to absorb different flavors and spices, making it the ultimate canvas for creative cooking.
That’s why there’s a Gual Ansity. Cauliflower is the vegetable MVP, and I’ll challenge anyone to prove me wrong.
Those are some beginner tips I’m including but I’d still love to know what else I’m missing so please do. Drop your top tips in this thread. Also, shout out to Fundrise CMO Jon Carden Inspiration for the title!
For the rest of this newsletter, we’re talking about Cerebral Valley and Substack. As always, you can follow me Twitter Or Instagram to continue the conversation. And if you want to support me even more, subscribe to the private (and free!) Substack.
It was heard in the cerebral valley
On Wednesday I attended the Cerebral Valley AI Conference, which brought together 200 of the best minds in artificial intelligence for a day of deep-water exploration. The arrangement by Newcomer and Volley was mesmerizing to say the least. I spoke to half a dozen YC founders who are building AI companies, bullies and amazing VCs, and, briefly, Emad Mostaque, CEO and founder of Serenity, about keeping it real.
There are some very good lines here
- Kleiner Perkins partner Bucky Moore responded in a recent open letter: “A six-month hiatus seems disruptive and perhaps too expensive to consider.”
- “Security research is one of the more well-known areas … I don’t think it’s that dissimilar to a technology company, which is figuring out how to take that research and turn it into something practical.” said Daniela Amodei, co-founder of Anthroposic.
- “They’re building for GPT-4, but they want to build for GPT-10,” said Lisha Lee, CEO of Rosebud AI.
- “Of course we’re not in a bubble, this is bigger than 5G and self-driving customers,” Imad Mostak, founder of Stability AI, said of the AI boost. “When founders come to me, I say build great products and solve problems… a lot of it is still surface level.”
And finally: If you’re still looking for more reassurance, listen to my podcast interview with Navrina Singh, founder of Credo AI, who talked about responsible AI, governance, and fear as a big motivator.
Collective news week
Blog and media platform Substack launched a community fundraiser this week to raise funds from its writers, readers, both credited and uncredited. As of Friday morning, more than 6,000 investors had pledged about $6.9 million in funding.
This week on the podcast Equity, we talked about the crowdfunding campaign, which was a lot spicier than I expected. For me, if Substack successfully raises money from the community after disclosing its financing – the equity crowdfunding world will get a much needed boost of reputation and public awareness.
Here’s what you need to knowthrough my partner Alex Wilhelm:
Interestingly, Substack’s users can give some breathing space to the professional money managers in the company. Investors who once committed a mountain of capital to Substack don’t have to invest more, the earnings dilution is effectively zero and the company gets more general funding to help it achieve its long-term goals. For Substack, this is a win.
We don’t see this kind of mess very often. Most startups fail to manage this kind of crowdfunding because their customers pay them, not the other way around. In contrast, Substack users make part or all of their living from the company, so they’re stuck around where they’ve invested more. This makes the Substack crowdfund unique.
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