Talking about practical AI software, double-sided thinking mode and practical utopia

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Concept art made with MidJourney
Recently, I have been addicted to the AI ​​world and I can’t help myself. I feel that the frequency of chatting with AI (including dialogue and giving instructions) is higher than with real people. Lele alone is not as good as everyone. Let me share a few AI websites that I often play. Let’s have a good time together:

– Mapping software MidJourney
I don’t need to go into details about this. My friends who follow my official account and website must have noticed. My blog posts and head pictures in the past two months are all from MidJourney. After entering the pit AI for mapping, the biggest advantage is that you no longer have to worry about copyright issues, or spend a lot of time scanning the streets to shoot or find pictures for articles. Combine your own creativity with AI, join forces, and have plenty of food and clothing!

– Dialogue software Character.AI
Want to create an AI character and talk to him? Originally holding the attitude of playing and watching, but still underestimated the learning ability of AI. I tried two very representative characters: the old man Shiquan and Winnie the Pooh (you know!), no matter if I talked to them in Chinese or English, the results of the dialogue made me stunned, almost thought they were real people!

– Spelling grammar correction software Grammarly
In 2020, in order to write English novels , I purchased Grammarly’s Pro plan, and it has taken 123 weeks to test 4,311,855 English words. After having this tool, I have never been afraid of writing in English. Whether it is writing emails, papers or novels, I always feel that there is a strong backing to shelter me and help me correct mistakes, so I can also be confident and motivated when writing in English. Children are full!

– Podcast editing software Descript
This software can directly convert the podcast voice into text, and edit the voice together by editing the script, so you don’t have to spend time listening to an entire recording just to correct a small mistake. It’s a must-have tool for streamers!

– Content authoring software
Many creators around me use this software to help them write copy. I personally have used Neuraltext, which is very similar to this website, and I feel that I can indeed use the AI-generated manuscript function to open up ideas when I get stuck. When I get a little richer, I can buy a Jasper membership and try it out ($82/month is a bit too much for the time being, and the demand is not so great).

– FPL squad scheduling software Fantasy Football Fix
Playing games also needs the assistance of AI. After all, the memory of the human brain is incomparable with AI big data. Sometimes it is more reliable to refer to the AI ​​lineup than to check the information or rely on intuition. Fantasy Premier League players must not miss it!

Finally, add the existing AI technology:
– Writing: GPT3
– Cartography: DALL-E/MidJourney/Stable Diffusion
– Write code: AlphaCode (DeepMind)
– 3D protein structure analysis: AlphaFold
– Autopilot: Tesla FSD
– General AI agent: GATO (DeepMind)
– Other labor-based AIs such as sweeping robots

By the way, I signed a new client this month. He is the boss of Stability.Ai . In the future, a large number of projects for creators will be released. Welcome to subscribe to my Chiwi Journal English email push to get the news as soon as possible!

​Two-sided thinking

American psychiatrist Albert Rothenberg spent his life studying human creativity. He drew inspiration from the two-faced god Janus in Roman mythology and came up with the concept of “Janusian Thinking”. Janus has two faces looking in opposite directions. He is a symbol of time, both the future and the past; he is the god of beginnings and ends.

“Janus thinking” can also be called “two-sided thinking”, which represents a way of thinking in which two opposing or contradictory ideas, concepts or images coexist. Rotenberg believes that a person is more creative when he spends a lot of time in his mind holding two opposing views of an event at the same time. He also confirmed the effect of double-sided thinking on creativity from a series of clinical experiments.

Rotenberg found that geniuses including Einstein, Mozart, Edison, Van Gogh and Picasso practiced this mindset in their creative process. Van Gogh’s painting “The Bedroom in Arles” shows how one person can paint the same space from different perspectives at the same time. Picasso disassembled and reassembled figures and objects in order to present their essence from more than a dozen angles at the same time, creating a unique style of Cubism. Einstein developed his general theory of relativity by imagining an object in motion and at rest at the same time, stimulating thinking in paradoxes.

When people allow two opposing thoughts to coexist in their minds, the brain will create a new thinking mode. Through continuous refutation and persuasion, new viewpoints emerge from the mediation of the two opposing thoughts to achieve self-consistency. Just as the Danish physicist Niels Bohr proposed the principle of complementarity and the Copenhagen interpretation to explain quantum mechanics, the statement that light is both a particle and a wave contradicts itself, but he made a contribution to quantum mechanics by constantly thinking about this paradox. contribute.

We often face many contradictory ideas and goals in our daily life. Maybe you think that things should be black and white. Two opposing viewpoints and decisions cannot coexist. We need to make sacrifices. But by cultivating this two-sided thinking, you can spend more time thinking about the ways in which opposites can coexist. Rather than seeing potential conflict as something to avoid, you can think of new possibilities to reconcile and solve the problem by having two opposites compete in your mind as a source of motivation for each other. As the American philosopher Jacob Needleman once said, “When you are in a contradiction, stay. If you stay, you will see that the truth of things is not just two opposites. On the one hand, it also includes a third part, which is reconciliation.”

Course Introduction

This week officially started a very interesting online class: Practical Utopias . The eight-week course opened for applications in March, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of it until the final roster was finalized a month ago.

Led by Canadian national treasure author Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, the course aims to bring together young people from around the world who are volunteering to build a better future, to learn with her the political economy of the past and present And social science theory, and then collaboratively design a practical life model that can resist the climate crisis and social inequality. After graduation, you can also receive an exclusive commemorative environmental protection NFT (the old lady can really play).

Course notes and teaching materials are free for CY Circle members!

Attached is a summary of previous participation in Margaret Atwood’s Masterclasses writing course:

1. Exercising your back, the pain in your body can easily distract you.
2. In order to grab the reader’s attention, you first need to cultivate your own attention.
3. What A likes, B may dislike extremely.
4. Writing is both work and gambling. Others can help you, but most of the time you are alone.
5. No one is forcing you to be a writer, so don’t complain if you choose to write.
6. Before handing over the manuscript to the publishing house, find a few friends to read it. It is best that this friend is not your lover, or wait for the breakup.
7. When you get stuck in writing, you can write from a different angle, change the character, change the tense, change the opening sentence. Prayer might work, read something else, or fantasize about your book being published.

Then there’s the podcast summary of Tim Ferriss’ interview with Atwood:

– Margaret Atwood, author of the award-winning TV series The Handmaid’s Tale, has published more than 50 novels, poems, essays and comic strips. Her work has been translated into many languages ​​and published in 45 countries. This podcast focuses on her creative process and worldview, as well as her launch of Practical Utopias.

– Margaret grew up in a wooden hut in the forest. When it was raining, she had nothing to do, so she read, wrote or painted. Never taught how to write, Atwood wrote a novel about ants at the age of seven and later wrote both poetry and prose. Atwood believes that writing poetry requires inspiration, and it is necessary to seize the moment to record feelings at the highest point of emotional outburst; but writing a novel is a long-term work that requires perseverance. Poets are often dismissed as lunatics because they need intense and stimulating experiences; novelists rely on a steady stream of life experiences.

– Margaret, 82, who is still full of energy, says her energy comes partly from her parents (who are long and curious) and partly because of her zodiac sign. Margaret came into contact with astrology when she was in college, because astrology symbols were used in a large number of works of art and literature during the Renaissance, and if you want to analyze the works of that time, you must learn knowledge in this field. She said that if you don’t understand the connotation of tarot cards, you can’t understand TS Eliot’s “The Wasteland”.

– Margaret grew up reading, and she remembers being a teenager when George Orwell published 1984. The paperback cover at the time featured a woman with huge cleavage, and Margaret nearly missed reading the classic because it was a rubbish book. Margaret believes that the books she read as a child had a great influence on her later writing style. She has always wanted to write a book that is biased towards the style of “1984”, but the protagonist must be a woman.

– Margaret’s family is very focused on the importance of stories, and they always share family and personal stories when they get together. Margaret became a writer because she didn’t realize how bad her writing skills were, and no one around her told her that she was actually a bad writer. She only remembered that every time she finished writing, she was very bad. Happily, after 16 years of writing, her works have gradually been recognized, and she has also realized her dream that she can rely on writing to support herself.

– Margaret doesn’t like being labelled a woman writer, she thinks she’s far bigger than that. Our current society likes to label ourselves and others, and then attack each other to defend the label. Our lives are vast and full of diversity, and human beings should not lazily put others in a given frame, but should explore all possibilities and discover the infinite potential of themselves and others.

– Margaret is now working on 3D printing houses, bricks and coffins made from mushrooms and will be releasing NFTs soon. Her advice to young people is to let curiosity lead the way, age is just a number, live to learn.

You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it.

– Margaret Atwood

Miscellaneous thoughts of the week

1. I had a video chat with Alisha from the ENS core team this week. As soon as she spoke, I felt inexplicably kind. When I asked her, she was indeed a New Zealander! Alisha complains that every time she engages in Twitter Space, the subtitle system that comes with the system can’t recognize her accent… That ‘s right, when I first went to New Zealand , I was always questioning whether I really learned English before? Why can’t I understand the English they speak? If you don’t know what a New Zealand accent is like, you can listen to the cameo role of the director in “Thor 3/4”, watch the New Zealand humorous film “Chasing the Savage”, or you can do a YouTube search of NZ Deck Commercial…

2. When I submitted an application this week, I found that feeling of inevitability, that you know very well in your heart that this thing will happen, and now all you need to do is to bring this confidence. The status is finished with this procedure.

The first time I realized this feeling was when I was in the college entrance examination. As a person who basically failed high school mathematics for three years, I had a feeling that I would definitely score 100 points this time as soon as the mathematics test paper was handed out. The second time was when I was interviewing for my first full-time job, and the moment I saw the interviewer I had the feeling that I would definitely be a colleague with her, and it worked again; later I saw Ian McLean in London In the performance, he mentioned that he wanted to find an audience member to come on stage to touch his sword. When I raised my hand, I already expected that he would definitely call me on stage, and I answered correctly!

And this time, if my intuition is still so accurate, I should be laughing every day in two weeks! Wonderful universe and mysterious head!

3. It’s been a month since I officially joined CrossFit. In this month, tears and sweat may fill up a Lake Baikal… Actually, the most abusive thing in training is not the physical torture, but the mental blow.

For example, if you make a mistake, everyone will be punished together; if you fail to complete the action on time, everyone will be waiting for you. The scene of the death of a large society… Those with poor psychological endurance will give up at this time, but those who have the courage to overcome this hurdle will redouble their efforts and strive to not hold back. This way of training increases team cohesion, you know you are not training alone, each training session is a whole. You are obliged to lead the backward, inspire newcomers, and cheer them on; you are also responsible for training hard to become faster and stronger, without wasting time and energy of others.

I remember watching Navy SEALs movies and documentaries when I was a child, and naively aiming to join SEALs, training with my brothers and sisters every day, and having the cohesion of brothers and sisters. Now it can be regarded as a discount in disguise.

4. American writer James Baldwin believed that only “love” can save our world. He wrote in the article, “I have always felt that human beings can only be saved by their own kind. The earth is constantly turning, the light is constantly changing, the sea is endlessly lapping the rocks, and generations are born. Others are responsible, because we are the only witnesses to each other. When we stop embracing each other, we are swallowed by the sea and the light is gone. There is a great danger in loving and being loved, and there is also a great responsibility, But that is what it is to be human, the most difficult task we are born to do, and our only hope.”

5. [Ideal Tun Podcast] The guest of issue 132 is my good friend Ellen Chen. She is a master of biomedicine from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, the co-founder of the New Zealand health brand Sapiens, a NASM-CNC certified nutritionist, a participant in the Lemmy series of teaching videos, and the author of health science articles.

In this episode we talked about:
1. How did we embark on the road of no return to fitness and become a “latte girl”, and how to cultivate a good attitude and keep exercising?
2. How to integrate fitness into life and achieve a healthy living state?
3. What are the common misunderstandings in fitness and weight loss? Do you know the difference between medical weight loss and “slimming” weight loss in life?
4. What’s wrong with the “Body positivity” movement under political correctness?
5. Healthy weight loss starts with analyzing when and what you eat to find a recipe that suits you
6. Before buying a class in the gym, first calculate the time you spend sitting every day, and learn about standing office.
7. Uncovering the power of intermittent fasting is not as difficult as you think
8. How to create a balanced diet to improve metabolism?
9. How to hijack dopamine to break old bad eating habits?
10. Ellen and Summer’s entrepreneurial journey and vision, how does Sapiens Club help students to build mentally and physically, so that everyone can gain a healthy body?
11. Why can you control your life and gain confidence and security after you control your daily diet?
12. Rational treatment of the fitness and diet sharing of celebrities and Internet celebrities, the interests and sacrifices behind them are a small universe that ordinary people cannot copy Listen Link:
You can listen to Apple Podcasts by searching for [Ideal Tun].

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