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The AI And April Fools’ Day Adventure

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ChatGPT isn’t quite ready to take over as a comedy writer.

For me, humor is a precious gem in the tapestry of human experience. Humor illuminates our capacity for joy, resilience, and understanding. I love gallows humor. When things are dark, crack a joke.

My recent adventure with artificial intelligence (AI) and April Fool’s Day unfolds within this vibrant context, weaving together threads of creativity, technology, and the enduring power of human connection.

Yesterday was April Fools’ Day. On this day of playful deceit, I embarked on a journey to craft an April Fool’s jest that would amuse and reflect a more profound truth about my relationship with change and possibility. The premise was simple yet audacious: announcing a drastic career shift to work with an AI company and a move to ❌ichigan—a place whose name I won’t even utter. I worked hard on this one. I created a narrative aimed to tickle the funny bones of my audience while serving as a beacon of my adventurous spirit.

However, co-creating this jest with AI highlighted a fascinating challenge: the limitations of working with ChatGPT. ChatGPT can write with great human emotion and depth. But its writing is often stiff and academic, despite my efforts to train it to write in my style. I began by asking it for ideas for a prank. It started with unbelievable things like winning the lottery or getting accepted into the space program. When I told it to tone it down, the ideas were so mundane they would put everyone to sleep. It had to be big and audacious yet somewhat believable.

The dance with AI to strike the perfect balance between the believable and the entertaining underscored AI’s nuanced, often unpredictable nature as a tool for creative expression. The final narrative was crafted through a blend of AI’s suggestions and my creative direction, illustrating the complex interplay between human ingenuity and machine intelligence. AI isn’t ready to take over yet. It’s just a very smart assistant.

The reaction to my announcement was as varied as the human experience itself. Many expressed genuine support for this fictional new chapter, showcasing the incredible support system surrounding me. I was flattered that people thought I might be made this type of offer. I’m not qualified. But, hardly anyone seemed disappointed I was leaving behind a significant part of my life’s work, Grief 2 Growth. This mix of responses served as a poignant reminder of the bonds we share and the impact our stories can have on others. A few people are actually offended by any April Fools’ tomfoolery. I love April Fools’ Day. I even made a post joking about hating April Fools’. Some people fell for the joke even after the reveal of my original April Fools’ prank.

Beyond the laughter and momentary confusion, my April Fools’ endeavor brought to light a deeper appreciation for AI’s role in our lives. I’ve had quite a bit of experience helping others overcome apprehensions about AI, revealing its potential as a powerful tool for enhancement and exploration. Everyone I have shown the power (and limitations of AI has come away amazed. AI reflects our collective hopes, fears, and dreams—a canvas upon which we project our aspirations and a partner in our quest to explore the unknown. Some think it’s Skynet coming to take away our freedom, others think AI will be our savior. Neither is true. But it has the power to transform our world by freeing us up from mundane tasks and allowing us to pursue higher levels on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Reflecting on this journey, I am reminded of the delicate balance we must navigate in our relationship with technology. AI, a tool shaped by our hands and intentions, is a testament to the human spirit’s indomitable quest for knowledge and connection, offering new ways to engage with the world and each other. Through humor, we find a common language that transcends the complexities of our digital age.

My April Fool’s adventure serves as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the endless possibilities at the intersection of human creativity and technological innovation. As we continue to explore this uncharted territory, let us do so with laughter in our hearts, embracing the surprises and challenges that come our way. In this journey of discovery, our shared moments of joy and connection truly define us.

So, here’s to the unexpected twists and turns of life, to the power of humor to bring us together, and the boundless potential of AI to transform our world. May we always find joy in the journey, laughter in the learning, and boundless curiosity in the face of the unknown.

written by- Brian D. Smith, with an assist from ChatGPT and Claude.ai

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  1. I thought it might be an April Fool’s joke until you acknowledged that it was April 1st. That made it seem real. I was very distraught about the thought of you leaving Grief@Growth. My horizons have been broadened so much through your podcasts that I really grieved this news.

  2. Thanks Brian — you were the only April Fool’s Day folly for me this year, love it. Very creative and detailed and I totally believed it. Alicia