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Technology And Originality In The Age Of AI

Jump into the next conversation with Dan and Jeffrey as they explore the impact of technologies like ChatGPT on productivity, creativity, and critical thinking, while emphasizing the importance of context and the human touch. From the fashion world's hype about sustainability to the success of the Four Seasons hotel chain, this episode delves into the significance of boundaries, institutional wisdom, and the role of technology in shaping entrepreneurial businesses and our everyday lives.

In This Episode:

  • Dan and Jeffrey discuss ChatGPT, a popular tool among entrepreneurs for idea-packaging and tackling repetitive tasks.
  • They express skepticism about ChatGPT's practical uses beyond routine tasks, with concerns about declining writing and literacy skills.
  • Process and context matter. Shortcuts may hinder critical thinking.
  • An obsession with speed and efficiency may lead to a loss of quality in education and creative work, with technology and “hacks” potentially stifling original thought.
  • It’s “insidious,” says Jeffrey, how our behavior is being corralled by Big Tech algorithms that encourage us to consume without thinking.
  • Can fashion be sustainable? What about finding a personal style you can stick with?
  • The Four Seasons hotel chain exemplifies timeless sustainability with its consistent quality and customer service.
  • Establishing your own standards versus the limitations of commoditized thinking.
  • Technology boosts productivity but may also increase workload and compromise quality, as seen in the legal and architectural industries.
  • The significance of the microchip and its impact on productivity, with reference to the New York Times article that gave birth to “Moore's Law.”
  • Boundaries and limitations are crucial for quality, with technological advancements supporting that quality, not just speed.
  • Institutional wisdom is the key to Real Intelligence, as opposed to Artificial Intelligence.


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Gordon Moore’s original New York Times article (PDF)

Episode Transcript:
Dan Sullivan: Hi everybody. This is Dan Sullivan and I’m here with my, probably in my lifetime, all time great conversational partners. And I have a line-up. I mean that’s heavy competition and the reason is that none of my other conversational partners start in the 1940s and not in Ohio, not in northern Ohio. So Jeff and I have a lot of common roots. We have passion for lots of things that we hold in common.
So this is Jeff. Jeff, say hello to everybody.
Jeff Madoff: Hello to everybody. I’m part of Dan’s-
Dan Sullivan: Not everybody, but everybody that counts is here, and topic that’s been more discussed, I think, than any other technological new thing, just introduced over, let’s see, it’s November 30th was the introduction, so two-and-a-half months, and that is ChatGPT from a company called Open AI. Elon Musk is one of the founders of it and a lot of other people are involved in it, and I won’t say it’s taken my entrepreneurial client base by storm, but it’s taken them to wonder what we think of it, you know, and what other people think of it.
So I just had a Strategic Coach Conference for the group called the Free Zone, where the whole program is just based on collaboration, in Palm Beach. So there was so much demand to have something on the agenda for the day about ChatGPT, as I just did a little survey of who was actually professionally involved in using this, like we haven’t quite a number of computer consultants, network consultants, and other people who have immediately taken it and used it for something in their businesses.