Can GPT-3 Explain My Past (and More)

Everything we published this week.

Hello and Happy Sunday!

We published four articles this week and one sample code file (showing you how to summarize long documents in GPT-3.)

We also announced a new column on Every: Chain of Thought!

It'll feature essays, interviews, and experiments on the frontier of AI. It's written by Every co-founder and CEO Dan Shipper, and will be coming to your inbox every Friday.

Now, on to the articles. Let's dive in!

Can GPT-3 Explain My Past and Tell My Future?

Dan Shipper / Chain of Thought

What happens if you load all of your journal entries from the past 10 years into GPT-3 and start asking it questions? What would you ask? How would it respond?

That's exactly what Dan did this week. He fed his soul into GPT-3 and asked it questions like:

  • "When did I feel the most happiness?"
  • "What is obvious to everyone around me but not to me?"
  • "What is my deepest unmet need?"

You can read all of GPT-3's responses, and more about the bot was built (including code samples) in his inaugural Chain of Thought essay.


Why Is It So Hard to Change?

Steve Schlafman

It’s the second half of January. You may have started the new year with a vision, having identified what you want to change, created some goals, and determined next steps that align with that change.

But have you stuck to what you planned? Maybe not.

Why is it so hard for most of us to create lasting change? Executive coach, writer, and former VC Steve Schlafman examines in this thoughtful, actionable piece.


How Physics Explains Business

Nathan Baschez / Divinations

Business is filled with physics metaphors. Terms like momentum, velocity, leverage, inertia—they all began as the domain of science, not business.

But if you want to take full advantage of these ideas in your business life, you have to understand what they mean in their original setting.

Nathan explores a few of these terms and how they apply in this week's Divinations essay.


The Quest for a Dumber Phone

Fadeke Adegbuyi / Cybernaut

A growing movement of people are turning to digital minimalism: a conscious effort to unplug from technology.

One big way they're doing that? Upgrading to a dumber phone. Digital minimalists use phones that only have the basics—talk, text, and little else. This, they say, helps them take back control of their lives, and spend more time in the real world.

Fadeke examines in this week's Cybernaut essay.


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