The LoremGPT

Embrace the Bot. This is why, as a writer, I'm not afraid of AI taking over my newsletter. Plus we have this week's News.

The LoremGPT

Hey Friends,

I'm not afraid of AI.

That's right. Over the last two weeks, people have gone crazy over AI robots like ChatGPT, a site, slash bot, slash app that could literally write this whole newsletter for me, minus the errors.

People are shaking in their digital boots, afraid that some digital immigrant will come into our world to take their human person job. But I don't fear the bot.

If I were, I'd also have to be afraid of new people being born  – because they could both replace me soon. I wasn't afraid of Napster when I was in the music business, and if I were a caveman, I wouldn't have been afraid of the wheel either.

To explain, let me first let ChatGPT, the AI chatbot, write an intro to The Lorem Ipsum for me.

Hi there,

It's been a busy week in the world of technology, and we're excited to share the latest news with you. One of the biggest developments is the continued rise of ChatGPT, the revolutionary new language processing tool that's taking the industry by storm.

ChatGPT uses advanced algorithms to understand and generate natural language, making it easier than ever for businesses to interact with customers and for individuals to use language-based applications. We're thrilled to see ChatGPT making such strides and can't wait to see where it goes from here.

Stay tuned for more updates and have a great week!

Best regards, [Your Name]

Do you see what I mean? "Your Name" (if that really is its name) does not seem to be a threat to me because what Your Name just said, while accurate and with perfect grammar and punctuation, was completely boring.

There was no comment about the invention of the wheel. No ironic comparison to new people (a.k.a. babies) being produced all the time and replacing us old people. It was just information.

So while we enter the Holidays, I encourage you not to fear the bot. Embrace the bot. Use it to write your note cards to your family, and use it to write your holiday party invitations to friends or thank you notes for gifts. You know. Menial tasks.

But for the important stuff, you're going to need a human. You're going to need The Lorem Ipsum.

What about you? Share your thoughts on a future with AI in the comments. Should I worry?

But first, let's get to The News.

Hot Takes

Week 50 of 2022

Sam Bankman (un)Fried

The SEC of the USA charged SBF, the CEO of FTX, PDQ, and now we're facing more three-letter combos than a bunch of architects in a KFC – and Sam is facing serious charges.

SBF, which is shorthand for Sam Bankman Fried and not a cleaning supply, was arrested in the Bahamas on Monday and later denied bail. He was charged with wire fraud and money laundry – likely the only laundry he has ever done. We expect him to be extradited to the USA soon. (more)

Finally Fusion

To all you nerds out there, the most exciting thing that has taken place this past week is that scientists have created energy, sort of like making something out of nothing (formerly known as "impossible") in a fusion reactor. This actually is pretty cool because that means in the next 10 to 100 years (actual time TBD), we'll be able to power the entire earth with a power pack the size of an iPhone (the battery is still going to die on you, though). (more)

Kyrsten's Cinema

Senator Kyrsten Sinema has announced this week that she no longer identifies as a Democrat. Many think her move is an act of political theatre – some say she's being "selfish" and "doing it to avoid a 2024 primary" or that she's "wearing red glasses, and what's that supposed to mean?" It's expected that she'll operate mostly the same, caucusing with Democrats and not being Republican. The Lorem Ipsum's take? Welcome to our side, which is none. (more)

Free Speech

Yesterday, Twitter suspended the accounts of several prominent journalists for sharing a link about someone who shared a link that bothered Elon Musk (he said he was doxxed when someone shared some public information that exposed the location of his private jet, and the people who covered the story are guilty too). But how would we even know that if it weren't for Twitter making us a place for "free speech?" Well, one idea is to get the information from other websites. And here is one where this story is explained.

tWitch found dEad

Stephen Boss, who, like the iPhone, didn't capitalize the first letter of his stage name tWitch died in a hotel room by suicide. Stephen Boss, best known as a regular on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, earned recognition first on "So You Think You Can Dance" before joining Ellen's show for nearly a decade and later returning to SYTYCD as a judge. Boss often shared videos of him and his wife dancing on Instagram.

That's it for the news. Now here's The Gist.

Something Social

The Gist

Alec Baldwin called social media a sea of broken promises, and he wasn't referring to Elon Musk skipping out on Twitter's contracts, but he also wasn't not talking about that. I admit I've been in a love-hate relationship with Social Media for a long time, but in order to hear another point of view, I ask a reader and fellow in the marketing industry to provide his thoughts. I share my thoughts, and then Daniel Johnson, the London-based marketing Daniel, shares his.

Read the article here:

Social Media is Dead. Possibly.
Startup founder Daniel Johnson says Twitter is a key platform for paid ads. And if Twitter is a good place for us, it will be a good place for business.

Watch This Space

Looking for last-minute gifts for a Christmas friend, relative, or dad? Here's a rundown of some easy wrist-ready options from my friend Andrew Griswold.

Holiday Buying Guide for Men - Watches — Gris
To preface, it’s already December BUT it’s never too late to order something nice for your husband or significant other before Christmas thanks to the all mighty Amazon. All of the watches on this list are available via Amazon to make things simple.

That's it for this week.

As always, I'm thankful that you read, although I cannot confirm you aren't a ReadBot. Thanks for being a part of The Lorem Ipsum, and a special thanks to those who support it financially.

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