AI: From Distant Dream to Present Reality

June 4th, 2023 2 minute read AI
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From my earliest days, I've held the belief that AI was set to revolutionize our existence. However, I had perceived this transformation to be a distant vision, perhaps 30 years away. But as time slipped by, I realized that those 30 years have elapsed since I first began to ponder the potential of AI. It's startling how swiftly time moves on.

Admittedly, I didn't fully engage with the notion of AI until OpenAI's rise to fame this year. This piqued my curiosity, leading me to experiment with this technology, spurred by the commendations of my fellow web developers. As soon as I dipped my toes into this vast ocean of possibilities, I was captivated. The capabilities of ChatGPT left me astounded. As an experienced developer, to witness a system accomplishing tasks in mere seconds that would take me hours was beyond belief. It was a vivid reminder of how advanced this technology is, even in its infancy.

This experience sparked a torrent of new concepts for projects, both those I had previously contemplated and fresh ones that sprouted organically. I believed these could be rapidly actualized with AI assistance. My initial projects involved several websites for which I utilized AI to generate content, aspiring to generate a steady passive income stream. Additionally, I developed a few compact "apps" for my portfolio website and a browser extension for RuneScape 3.

Unfortunately, my knowledge of "actual" programming languages, such as C++, Python, Rust, etc., is limited. Consequently, I haven't ventured into software development yet. But, the aspiration to craft "real programs" that serve people's needs, or even exciting video games, has always been there. Maybe this will be my next quest.

The impact of AI on my life has been profound. It has exponentially amplified my productivity, stimulating a continuous cycle of learning, skill enhancement, and income generation, while affording me more free time. The $20 monthly fee for GPT4 is insignificant compared to the benefits reaped. I eagerly look forward to witnessing the evolution of this technology over the next few years, and perhaps, another three decades.

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