🔏 💬 Unlock the potential of ChatGPT ⋆ 🛩 From plane crash to jungle survival ⋆ 🧐 The paradox of difficulty

With ChatGPT, you can generate human-like text, optimize conversations, and even write poems and songs - go from beginner to elite user in just a few clicks. Dive into the incredible story of Juliane Koepcke's survival from a plane crash and 11 days in the rainforest. And more...

🔏 💬 Unlock the potential of ChatGPT ⋆ 🛩 From plane crash to jungle survival ⋆ 🧐 The paradox of difficulty
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I spend at least an hour or two every day conversing with or using various cutting-edge AI tools.

You should speak to people more, Z.

If I did, I wouldn't be able to tell you about this and level up your AI game, would I?

Thing 1 - Unlocking the potential of ChatGPT: From n00b to elite

Most people I know who've tried using ChatGPT are stuck in beginner mode.

And despite the freakish growth and capabilities, you might not have tried it. 😱

orange sheets of paper lie on a green school board and form a chat bubble with three crumpled papers.
Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko

Let's get you from 0 to 1

  1. If you haven't already head over to ChatGPT and set yourself up an account.
  2. Play a bit with whatever you can think of.
  3. Be mindblown.

Congrats, now you're at the level of 95% (yay for fake stats) of people out there.

How does it even work?

You don't need to know how a car works to drive it, but it sure helps to understand RPMs, clutch, breaks, and gears - if you wanted to get more performance out of it.

ChatGPT isn't magic - even if it feels like it sometimes.

ChatGPT explains ChatGPT: ChatGPT is a large language model developed by OpenAI that uses a deep learning technique called "transformer" architecture to generate human-like text. The model is trained on a massive dataset of text, such as books, articles, and websites, using a technique called unsupervised learning.  During training, the model learns to predict the next word in a sentence, given the previous words. Once trained, the model can generate new text by sampling from the probability distribution of the next word, given the previous words.  When generating text, ChatGPT starts with an initial input, such as a prompt or a small amount of text, and then repeatedly samples the next word, updating the input with each new word. It then uses the updated input to predict the next word, and so on, until a stopping condition is met, such as a maximum number of words or a specified end token.  This way ChatGPT can generate coherent, fluent and human-like text, that can be used for various tasks such as Text completion, Text generation, translation and summarization.

TL;DR version

  • Reads the text and tries to guess the next word.
  • Then reads the text with the new word included and tries to guess the next word.
  • Repeat.

How does it work so well then? It read a lot of text many times.

From n00b to elite

Some obvious non-obvious ways to use it include...

  • ChatGPT is optimized for conversations, so ask follow-up questions.
    Give it some text. Ask it to summarize it. Ask questions about it.
  • Ask it to reply using a certain style
  • Ask it to write a poem/song
  • Ask it to write a conversation between people - this is a great way to get answers to some questions it likes to avoid
  • Start new conversations for different topics
prompts.chat is designed to provide an enhanced UX when working with prompts. With just a few clicks, you can easily edit and copy the prompts on the site to fit your specific needs and preferences. The copy button will copy the prompt exactly as you have edited it.

Thing 2 - From plane crash to jungle survival

It was supposed to be a smooth, short flight.

Photo by Ross Parmly

Thunderstorm. Pitch-black. Lightning bolt.

Cries and motor noises. Wind...

Juliane found herself outside of her plane, still strapped to her seat, 10 000 feet (3 km) above the ground, plummeting towards Earth.

"I was outside, in the open air. I hadn't left the plane; the plane had left me." - Juliane Koepcke

Just imaging you're 17 and just fell from the sky into a jungle...

Juliane survived the fall from the plane without a parachute.

But like that wasn't enough, she spent 11 days in the rainforest. Dressed in a torn sleeveless mini-dress and one sandal, with a broken collarbone, calf gash, and a concussion.

Here's the story in her own words.

Full documentary about the whole thing (~1hr)

(source 1, source 2)

Thing 3 - The paradox of difficulty

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

- Lucius Seneca
Photo by 愚木混株 cdd20

You're riding a bike. You're pedaling as hard as you can to go as fast as you can. But you're also holding the brake with all your might.

Doesn't make sense, does it? Yet you do this with so many other things in life.

It was impossible to work from home for all but a few lucky ones. Until the whole world started working from home almost overnight (unless it was impossible for real).

What else do you make difficult for yourself by being afraid?

Cheers, Zvonimir