I know $#!& nothing about AI and neither do you!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve felt both the thrill and disappointment that comes with navigating world of AI. With new information pouring in every day, it can be like trying to hit a moving target. Maybe you will find yourself Try an inventive way to write a command prompt or tweak a plugin, only to find that when you do it’s outdated find out. When something new and complicated comes up, it’s easy to feel like you’ve already done it missed the boat.

What if I told you the boat is an illusion?

What if I told you that it doesn’t matter if you learn how to turn AI prompts into crypto NFT gold? Or gold in crypto? Or integrate crypto into Google Search Console (GSC) metrics? What if I told you that the best you can do in AI is right? Now it’s time to stop reading and begin?

From children’s craft to AI: A journey of action

I’m lucky enough to have grown up with it Childcraft: The How and Why Library. It was a children’s encyclopedia with volumes like The World and Space, How Things Are Changing, and Life Around Us. If you take good care of the volumes and actually read them, your parents might buy the more mature world book when you’re old enough. Make and Do was my favorite and I still have it. It’s completely covered in dirt and glue.

AI is not smart. ChatGPT is not smart. It’s just a matter of predicting the next word in a row.

I’ve tried everything project in this book. I loved making shoes. real shoes. Our garage was littered with various things iterations of it. It was a revelation for my 5 year old that if I followed the directions I would finish with shoes I could possibly wear. Spoiler: I wasn’t allowed to wear the shoes.

What does this have to do with ChatGPT? My friends, it’s the same! AI is not smart. ChatGPT is not smart. It is only Predict the next word in a row. Sure, it’s the Babe Ruth of that ilk, but it’s totally positive no smarter than you

I’m not a scientist and I don’t know how large language models work. That is also part of it my point. In 1975, when I was an aspiring cobbler, did I know what a printing press was? OK, I did, but Did I know how to serve one? Did I understand the bookbinding or how the words came to life in my work? and Did the book get there? nope It never occurred to me. I just started making and making. this is that The same thing.

The AI ​​Coaster: Keeping up with the pace

I I may not understand how large language models work, but I’ve always been interested in AI I use it and follow the research for years. Conversion that became Jarvis that became Jasper. MidJourney. duplex (lol). And who can forget Libratus, the system Carnegie Mellon developed for Texas? Do you hold them?

What Google's search generative experience means for local search

But when ChatGPT became the new trend this year, it took me exactly a week to feel this way I was late to the party and nothing was ever going to be okay. I was inundated with information and advice It was provided by “experts” and none of it seemed relevant to me, but everything seemed like something I needed knowledge at the moment.

A helping hand from ChatGPT: The Birth of the AI ​​Assistant

If there had been a speed dial for me when I was five years old, the Greenville County Library would have lived in number one. I was told you could call them and ask anything, so I took it at face value and called them, so to speak them daily.

I realized that I could possibly get ChatGPT to act in a similar way. If I said it, it would be me I was overwhelmed with new information about large language models and that there were many things I wanted to do know and do but i didn’t know how to start what would it say? Imagine my delight when it responded with one Ask.

“What would you like to do with a large language model?” Damn Cheshire Cat, you’re right!

Because I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I didn’t do it Really It doesn’t matter how I started. Turns out, like most things, I do too needed an end goal.

My AI Assistant Debut: A Technical SEO Quiz Game

After some back and forth with my new digital assistant, I decided I wanted to create something fun Show off to my colleagues. A trivia game on everyone’s favorite topic: technical SEO! I thought the easiest The quickest way to achieve this was to create a very simple website with a trivia game embedded. I’ve been developing websites for years but decided to forget everything I ever knew and let ChatGPT guide me How.

A screenshot of a game made with chatGPT

I ended up with an extremely simple Q&A website written entirely by ChatGPT. We I played the game in our team meeting and it was fun. The game lasted less than 30 minutes from the start done, and that’s only because I adjusted the CSS for the sake of vanity. So what came next? What did I “need”?

The next project fell into my lap. Because I didn’t want to shut up about ChatGPT and MidJourney, I did I volunteered to hold a consultation about it. Now I wanted to be one of those people who tell other people People how to use AI for fun and profit. How could I do that but make it light hearted and not boring or gruesome and do it absolutely clear that I wasn’t an expert?

I decided to let ChatGPT do all the heavy lifting. It wrote the entire presentation and MidJourney provided all the images. I used Cardd.co for this Park the premises and at At the time, it almost seemed like magic.

Awesome’s personal concierge: ChatGPT in daily life

I won’t claim that my main goal at that point was to use AI professionally. I used it to write scenarios for my partner’s D&D sessions to create music based on famous chess sets to find out where the best is Determination of retirement locations will be based on climate change data. The possibilities are endless when using these tools as your personal awesome concierge.

Bored waiting in the doctor’s office? Tell him you’re bored and ask him to entertain you.

Bored doctor's office

Are you having a panic attack and need a distraction? Ask him to say something nice to you.

Something good

Hear an interesting line in a song, movie or show and wonder how it would look as a picture? MidJourney it! [The best lyric from one of the greatest songs ever written, Wichita Lineman.]

song lyrics

The dinner party is stalling and you want to lighten the mood? Let MidJourney show you “birds are fish”.

Are birds fish?

Or “Lizardman, but he’s here to help.”

Lizardman is here to help

But wait. I thought we should think about how to monetize AI tools and reap the benefits Widgets and return to strategy. Sometimes the progress Is the profit and whether progress means you use it When you use these tools to get through your day with some ease, you level up.

Careful readers probably noticed something pretty about my face at MidJourney as well. I wanted to see how well it could represent an image of myself. Shamefully, it’s really hard to come by MidJourney To create people who are a certain size. But I managed to create a persona that isn’t slim and has my actual face through a face swap.

The freedom to use AI, your way

Are there a million tutorials out there that offer you secret sauces to tweak your prompts for these tools? Secure, there are. I won’t say I never dip my toes in this water. They are part of the expansive and exciting landscape of the AI, and they can lead to amazing results.

You do not do that have down the rabbit hole of optimizations to get value out of these tools.

But here’s the truth I’ve accepted and want to share with you: You don’t have go down There is a rabbit hole of tweaks to get value out of these tools. There is inherent power and potential in AI It is accessible to all of us, even at the most basic level. They may barely know how to use them, and they can You’re still changing your personal and work life in ways you couldn’t have imagined just a few months ago.

Don’t let the noise of the “experts,” the litany of articles, or the pressure to “get it right” intimidate or slow you down from exploring the AI ​​realm. These tools are your allies, supporting, inspiring, and amplifying your efforts. She can turn an everyday task into an exciting project or turn a daunting challenge into an achievable goal. Or, You can easily make friends and family laugh at the dinner table.

Give yourself the freedom to use AI your way. Enter with curiosity, engage with an open mind and don’t get involved swept away by the tidal wave of AI complexity. Instead, enjoy the ride. Use the technology that is available to you help you create, do and achieve more. Remember that the journey with AI is not about reaching a destination; It is about the opportunities you discover along the way. So start where you are, use what you have and dive right in the incredible world of AI – one prompt at a time.

Holly Deitz

Holly Deitz is a product specialist for Lumar (formerly Deepcrawl) and enjoys experimenting with AI and large language models. She and her partner reside in South Carolina, where every day is a culinary adventure!