Exclusive Analysis of ‘How Do You Use ChatGPT?’ With Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Plus a transcript of the latest episode

My take on the latest episode of How Do You Use ChatGPT? with Anne-Laure Le Cunff and the episode transcript is below for paying subscribers.

I’ll admit I was a bit surprised that Anne-Laure told me that she could only accomplish so much with ChatGPT. It seemed too good to be true, but I swear I didn’t pay her to say so—she just came right out with it. 

We covered so much good stuff in this interview, but my favorite part of it was the end. Anne-Laure has been establishing a new meditation practice, and we used ChatGPT to coach her through how to improve it. We fed it a detailed log of her practice and how she’s been feeling that she’s been keeping. Then we did a trick I’ve been meaning to do on the show for a while: We asked it what kind of expert could help her improve the most. 

It’s commonly known that ChatGPT gets better when you tell it to simulate being a particular kind of expert when it responds to you. But what people don’t tend to know is that you can ask ChatGPT which expert it thinks would be best—and then use the expert it suggests.

In this case, ChatGPT suggested that Anne-Laure chat with a physiologist (a healthcare professional focused on the functioning of the human body) to help her improve her practice. As a physiologist, it noted several ways she could make herself more physically comfortable as she meditates, like using a cushion and getting a white noise machine—things she wouldn’t have explored on her own.

The advice it gave her was fairly simple, but straightforward advice from a perspective we might not have considered is often the most valuable kind. If you’re interested in improving your use of ChatGPT, try asking it what kind of expert could solve your problem. It’ll make it significantly more helpful.

Timestamps:

  1. Introduction 01:10
  2. How to use ChatGPT to save time 02:11
  3. Tips to breakdown research papers with ChatGPT 05:17
  4. How to use ChatGPT to generate explanations tailored for you 09:38
  5. Leveraging ChatGPT to find hidden gems on the internet (like recipes for obscure cheese) 19:51
  6. How to create awesome YouTube thumbnails with ChatGPT 33:47
  7. Incorporating ChatGPT into your writing process 51:13
  8. Rapid-fire questions from X 56:52
  9. Surfacing useful insights from Anne-Laure’s meditation journal 1:13:01
  10. The case for journaling in the age of AI 1:29:04
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