Thomas Alan

Thomas Alan

Coffee & Curiosity | Creative Technologist | Photographer | Mixing decades of business insight and tacit knowledge with philosophy and the latest in tech. Ever an early adopter, forever a student.

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Kaizen and Letting Go to Move Forward

Today’s One Thing is about a quote I recently read by Michelangelo, "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high, and we miss it, but that it is too low, and we reach it." It got me thinking about the mental anchors we drop in life that hold us back – fear, self-imposed narratives, and limited perceptions of ourselves.

Understanding AI’s Role-Playing

Today’s One Thing is about understanding AI’s role-playing nature and why it’s important to remember this when using these tools. Chatbots, like ChatGPT, are often perceived as human-like, but these advanced tools are better viewed as skilled actors on the digital stage engaged in a role-playing dialogue with humans. A recent paper in Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-023-06647-8) shed light on this fascinating aspect and inspired this article.

How AI Thinks: Neurons Demystified

Today’s One Thing I’m thinking about involves artificial neural networks and understanding the distinction between a neuron and a connection.

Time and Identity

Today's One Thing I'm thinking about is a quote by John Mayer: "I like watches that remind me of a person that I've never been." This quote resonated with me and made me think about how objects, like watches, are not just tools or accessories but vessels of creativity, self-expression, and self-discovery.

Leica 11-P Content Authentication Chip

Today's One Thing is about truth in photography with a new camera by Leica that has a built-in content authentication chip, signaling a potential turning point in a time where distinguishing real from fake is more challenging than ever.

How to Convert Word to PowerPoint with ChatGPT

Today’s One Thing is how to convert Word Docs to PowerPoint using ChatGPT Plus.