The Mundane Magic of AI: From Office Emails to Pasta Recipes

JJohn November 21, 2023 6:16 PM

In the midst of high-profile AI company dramas, we often overlook the fact that artificial intelligence is seeping into our daily lives in subtle, often mundane ways. From drafting office emails to suggesting unusual pasta recipes, AI tools like OpenAI's ChatGPT are simplifying tasks and saving time for millions.

Boardroom shakeup at OpenAI

It's been a high-drama week for OpenAI, the AI firm behind the popular ChatGPT. The board has dismissed wunderkind CEO Sam Altman, sparking backlash from over 600 staff members threatening to quit in support. However, the 38-year-old Altman isn't licking his wounds for long. He's already been snapped up by tech titan Microsoft for an undisclosed sum. Amidst such high-profile corporate dramas, people often overlook the pervasive influence of the company's AI tools in routine life.

ChatGPT's mundane magic

ChatGPT, initially viewed somewhat as a pariah in the media industry, has found its niche in the most mundane of tasks. Despite its reputation as a 'dirty little productivity tool', it's increasingly being used by individuals for tasks as routine as composing emails or brainstorming recipes based on fridge contents. It appears the AI tool is silently asserting its place in our day-to-day lives, helping us save time and effort in unexpected ways.

While there's a growing apprehension among artists and writers about AI's potential to replace human creativity, so far AI-generated content hasn't quite hit the mark. AI-enhanced art often falls short of the original, and AI-generated emails or reports are generally considered just 'good enough'. The AI-generated spaghetti bolognese recipe, for instance, while edible, was noticeably lacking that extra bit of flavor that only a human touch can provide. The verdict so far? AI can't quite replicate human creativity yet.

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