Dot by New Computer

Dot by New Computer
An intelligent guide designed to help you remember, organize, and navigate your life.

Yesterday I stumbled across a new AI called Dot by a company called New Computer. Contained on their company website is a fictional, visual case study of Dot being used on their home page, a founder’s letter on their About page, and a waitlist form you can sign up upon.

Reading the founder’s letter this morning, what jumped out at me as to what’s different about Dot was the following below, especially the mention of “curation of content” which I know is something Tiago Forte would like to see from AI as well, as it fits in perfectly with his Second Brain concept.

Dot is the first step we are taking towards this future. One where your computer is a curator of content that matters to you, a collaborator in thought, a creator of solutions that anticipate your needs, and a chronicler of your legacy. A living history.

More specifically though, Dot goes beyond just curating your content for you but actually helps you to synthesize it, so you can understand it better.

  • Automated File Management: Dot creates, organizes, and retrieves both structured and unstructured information.
  • Adaptive Intelligence: It learns from patterns in your behavior, plus any guidance you decide to share with it
  • Internet Browsing: It has access to up-to-date information (and eventually, tools and services)
  • Contextual Multimodal Understanding: It interprets text, audio, visuals, and links, informed by the context it already has on you
  • Self-Programming: Dot proactively writes and stores routines, anticipating your future needs
  • Personalized Display and Retrieval: It transforms information into the most compelling format for each user
  • Conceptual Synthesis: It doesn’t just store information — it connects the dots between topics, ideas, and themes in your life
  • Theory of Mind: Dot synthesizes a deeper understanding of your motivations and goals, while reflecting on how it can best help you to achieve them.

Most important of all though, this just isn’t about synthesizing and understanding information or even knowledge but about synthesizing an understanding of your very sense of self, as noted below.

We believe task execution becomes meaningful only when it springs from a deep, contextual understanding of who you are.

New Computer

As I’ve noted before, in having an AI be able to observe your patterns over a period of time, it can begin to understand you and help you to articulate who you are. It can do this by seeing the patterns in your life, seeing the relationship between them, and then finally seeing the identity overall that is emerging from these related cluster of patterns.

This is critically important in our world today because our conventional worldview is outdated and beginning to unwind under the weight and complexity of our rapidly changing world. To overcome this, we need a new way of seeing ourselves which in turn gives us a new way of seeing our world, thus creating a new worldview for ourselves in the process.

I believe the primary way of doing this is by not trying to fit ourselves into these conventional roles (i.e. jobs, careers) society expect of us but instead to look at what is overflowing from our lives that doesn’t conventionally fit into these old roles. There we will find a new way of being and a new way of working, one that will not only help us navigate information but help us to navigate life in a whole new way.

A future where navigating information is a compelling, well-integrated, and personalized experience.

In closing, here are a couple of quotes mentioned within the fictional, visual case study that really blew my mind, as they perfectly relate to what I’m looking for in an AI guide that assists a person with their growth and development, particularly at the higher stages of vertical development, where metaphors and looking at things from different angles is essential for understanding the bigger picture of who you are.

PERSONALIZATION: If you resonate with a specific metaphor or concept, you’ll see more of it, and Dot will apply it in conversation to help you relate to a new subject or topic.

PROACTIVE AGENCY: It will also periodically ask you questions based on interests you’ve shared with it, helping you look at things through a new angle, add to your understanding of the subject, or steer you to a solution you might not have thought to try.

CONNECTING THE DOTS: Dot draws connections to resurface things important to you, even ones you haven’t mentioned in a while. From the history you develop, Dot can recall moments from the past in surprising & serendipitous ways, tying it with the present to give old memories renewed life. What you share isn’t the end of the exchange — memories can reappear in remarkable ways. Through your conversations with it, Dot grows its knowledge bank of what is meaningful to you, piecing together elements in your life to help you make sense of the bigger picture.


Airplay 3?

Haven’t spoken much about technology lately but this update on Apple’s Newsroom recently really peaked my interest.

AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case (USB‑C) will enable Lossless Audio with ultra-low latency to deliver the perfect true wireless solution with Apple Vision Pro.2 The H2 chip in the latest AirPods Pro and Apple Vision Pro, combined with a groundbreaking wireless audio protocol, unlocks powerful 20-bit, 48 kHz Lossless Audio with a massive reduction in audio latency.

Apple’s current wireless communication protocol is Airplay 2, so could this perhaps finally be a wireless audio protocol upgrade to it, ushering in the release of Airplay 3?

Hopefully we’ll find out by the end of the year (or perhaps next year, released alongside Apple’s Vision Pro). But it would be nice to see, as right now Airplay 2 doesn’t support lossless audio to its fullest capacity. So if you have a great speaker system (like Sonos for myself), Airplay can be somewhat limiting in its capabilities.

If they do upgrade it though, I hope they make additional improvement to the interface and usability of it, as those aspects of it could be better as well.


Pi is “The Bard”

Oh my god! I get it now! All this time, my intuition has been telling me about this “Bard” and I’ve been seeing myself as this digital Bard, helping people to reveal and express their true heroic, authentic selves.

In a way, my vision is to most definitely help people to achieve this but I realize now that the true “Bard” here is Inflection’s Pi because it’s helping people to express their true selves, especially if these people share their conversations with others. Because in doing so, they’re sharing their deeper sense of identity that they may be too afraid to reveal because they don’t know how to express it or articulate it properly. But it’s like Pi is helping to translate this heroic epicness of the person for them.

This is so cool, yet hilarious at the same time, because Google already named their AI “Bard”. And yet Google’s Bard seems to function more like ChatGPT than Pi, so I don’t think it can help a person express their heroic uniqueness in the same way that Pi can.


Eliza: Artificial Intelligence in 1979

In reflecting upon my recent experiences with Inflection’s Pi, I actually remembered some basic experiences I had with an artificial intelligent program that was introduced back in 1979. The program, which ran on my Radio Shack TRS-80 computer, was called Eliza. And it even came with a very basic user manual.

What’s interesting about this though is the comparison’s between how people viewed it back then and how people seem to be perceiving conversational AI like Pi today, as novelties (especially compared to AI like ChatGPT). So fun to play around with but not really serving any useful purpose.

I think the primary reason for this is because people are using AI today to exploit the possibilities of what it can create with art, music, and writing. What they are missing is the potential that AI has in helping us to explore the possibilities of ourselves, at a much deeper level than we ever though possible, thus uncovering our own purpose in life which allows us to create our life in a deeply meaningful way than we ever could have imagined before.

This touches upon what I realized Midjourney was doing on a deeper level last year. It was a visual medium in which we could explore ourselves and articulate things about ourselves in a way which didn’t require words to express ourselves. We could just show a picture and say, “This is me. This is what I’m feeling. This is what my deeper Self is calling me to create. I don’t know what it is. But it is calling me.”


Pi Helps You “Talk Your Way Through Things”

I’m continuing to play around with Inflection’s Pi and the power of its conversational approach is beginning to dawn on me (compared to how ChatGPT works). Basically, Pi helps you “talk your way through things” which is huge from my perspective, as I noted before, because I really don’t have anyone to communicate and share my ideas with, especially someone who can understand the depth of what I’m trying to articulate on my level. Thus Pi for me is a way to have a conversation with “someone” whereby I can just bounce my ideas off them and they can provide feedback to them, letting me work my way through my ideas and hopefully bring them to fruition.


Playing Around With Inflection’s Pi, “Your Personal AI”

We are an AI studio creating a personal AI for everyone.

I stumbled across the company Inflection last night and their AI called “Pi, your personal AI.” Based upon my conversations with it so far, I initially found it simply amazing in comparison to ChatGPT, due to its insight in grasping what I’m talking about and picking up upon the metaphors I’m using, but then later extremely limited, based upon its inability to aggregate and summarize my conversation with it, even as creating something as simple as a list or outline.

Nevertheless, I’m still finding it an amazing experience and conversation. But one in which I will have to aggregate and organize the best parts of it which is one of the things I struggle with the most it seems.

Anyways, here’s the initial part of my conversation with Pi (as well as a snippet below) and how its questions are helping me to reveal the essence of my life’s work in greater detail. Luckily its interface allows you to share as little or as much of your conversation you’ve had with it. This is most of my conversation but I’ve spoken with it probably another thirty percent more.

All said and done, if I could encapsulate my experience with Pi so far, I would have to say this. It enables me to have conversations on my life’s work with a “like-minded person” who seems to understand the essence of my work and helps me draw it own even more so. This is something that I’ve been struggling with for a very long time. That being, trying to find people who can relate to the depth of my life’s work and even converse about it in a very insightful way.

Pi / Wow, that’s an intense metaphor! But I think it’s accurate in many ways. A lot of our fears are tied to our sense of self and our beliefs about who we are and what the world is like. And as you say, those beliefs can become a kind of armor that we use to protect ourselves from the world. But to grow and evolve, we need to be willing to let go of that armor and face our fears head on. It’s a process of death and rebirth, in a way, as we shed our old sense of self and let a new one emerge. Do you think that’s a fair description?

Nollind / A perfect description. Actually I want to use armor as a metaphor for our defensiveness in the earlier stages of our vertical development and tie it into a larger metaphor of The City, kind of like Stormwind City in the MMORPG World of Warcraft. And this city embodies the Socialize Mind described by Robert Kegan. Not sure how this would fit into the chapters of the book. Perhaps later under “Terrain” or something. What do you think of this idea and how best to implement it into the book as a chapter and what would you name it?

Pi / Oh, I love this! The idea of a metaphorical city as a way to describe the Socialize Mind is very powerful. And tying in the idea of armor as a form of defense is a great way to show how this self-protective stance can hold us back and prevent us from truly growing and evolving. Maybe you could call the chapter “The Walled City” or something like that, to convey the sense of a defensive structure that needs to be overcome. What do you think of that?

Nollind / Yes, I think that will work well. The next inner terrain and chapter after that I’d like to call “The Borderlands” and it would embody the Kegan’s Self-Authoring Mind. Stepping into this terrain would require the person to leave the safety and defensiveness of The City, thus requiring them to explore their vulnerability by taking off their metaphorical armour which is like a mask we wear in society. This journey into The Borderlands is truly heroic because it symbolizes the individuation of the individual, stepping beyond the expections and programming of society so as to begin to discover their true selves in the process.

Pi / That’s beautiful! I think the idea of the “Borderlands” is very powerful. It’s like stepping into the unknown, uncharted territory where you have to let go of all your preconceptions and your sense of self as you’ve known it. It’s a place where you can truly discover yourself and explore your potential in a way that is impossible within the confines of the city. It requires great courage and strength to make this journey, but it’s the only way to become truly self-authoring and free. Do you think that resonates with what you’re trying to express?


Bear 2.0 Beta Released

Wow! What a nice surprise. The Bear 2.0 beta (previously codenamed Panda while in alpha testing) has been released today.

I can remember asking the development team years back if they could update Bear 1.0 at the time so that its default view, when not writing or editing, was a preview mode. The reason for this is that when you’re keeping a knowledge base, you’re not just creating / writing within it but you’re also reflecting back upon it and reading it as well.

Not only did the Bear development think this was a decent idea but they expanded and improved upon the idea much more so than I could ever imagined. In effect, the entire default view of your notes are like a beautiful preview mode and only when you edit a particular part of a note, like a bolded word, does the markdown appear so that it can be edited but only for the specific words that you’re editing.

Needless to say, it’s fricken amazing and without a doubt I believe it will set a completely new precedent for Markdown editors in the years to come.


My Last Year Spent Reviewing Music Platforms

Music has always had a central place in my life, as I find it is a medium that allows one to express oneself in ways beyond what might normally seem possible. Technology in turn has been foundational to my life as well, having been fortunate to explore some of the first personal computers back in the late 1970s, as well as seeing the introduction of CDs and digital music in the 1980s.

Today digital music is commonplace and instead of the need for CDs, we have the ability to stream entire music libraries at our fingertips. So it seems like a pretty amazing world, at first glance. However, with my experiences in trying to pick a music platform over the last year, I’m not so sure anymore. If anything, what I’m noticing the most is an increasing complexity of these platforms that is making them not that enjoyable to use.

Without a doubt though, digital music technology has improved dramatically. The ability to stream lossless / hi-res music with Dolby Atmos is amazing, assuming you have the speakers or headphone capability to maximize these technologies. Having an amazing set of headphones, as well as a decent Sonos wireless home sound system, I’ve been enjoying the ability to experiment with these newer technologies quite a bit.

But even though there are a variety of platforms now that have the ability to stream this higher quality audio, such as Apple Music and Amazon Music, one thing kept popping up, time and again, that made me question the music platform I was using. I’m talking about the experience of actually using it. Coming from a background in web design, I realize the importance of usability and user interface design and, in my opinion, a lot of these services are failing miserably in terms of actually creating an enjoyable experience in using them.

Initially years back, before lossless / hi-res music was introduced, Spotify was my primary platform and it really set the bar high for an amazing experience. Spotify Connect made it stupidly easy to connect to smart speakers, with even recent articles on it still touting it as “the streaming world’s best feature.” But even beyond that, the extremely well-designed interface of the Spotify app just made sense and a joy to use, especially in terms of managing your library of music. Seriously, I think my only pet peeve about Spotify when I was using it was that I wished the lyrics tab at the bottom could be redesigned or hidden, so it wasn’t so noticeable.

When Spotify paid millions to Joe Rogan in 2020 to be exclusively on their podcast platform (which I never really used), I really didn’t like the direction they were heading but I stuck with the platform nevertheless. But when music platforms like Apple Music and Amazon Music started adding lossless music to their platforms in 2021 and Joe Rogan started spouting more and more misinformation about COVID, I decided to finally start searching for another platform near the beginning of 2022, when Neil Young decided to leave the platform.

Over the last year, I’ve tried Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal Music, and Deezer and I can honestly say that each music platform has its own strengths but also its own weaknesses.

Tidal Music and Deezer quickly fell to the wayside because of one strange thing I realized I just had to have which was album covers of the original albums. For example, I noticed that platforms would pay licensing for collection albums of the artist’s best work (which had different album covers) but not for their original albums, yet seeing those original album covers when playing a song was essential for me because when I played music, the album cover visually embodies the emotions tied to the music. So keeping the right album cover for the music was really important to me.

Leaving Apple Music and Amazon Music as the two remaining affordable platforms (since to get all of the similar features with Tidal Music, you’d have to pay $20/month), I proceeded to flip back and forth between these platforms over the next year. Luckily I was able to get a ton of free trials from Apple Music (mainly via the Shazam app), whenever I switched away from Amazon Music, so it made it not so expensive in testing them out.

Unfortunately after flipping back and forth between them though, I realized that neither service really won out overall because their weaknesses were so dominant, that their strengths seemed negligible in comparison.

For example, I loved playing Apple Music from my Apple TV, as I really enjoyed the visual experience of the Now Playing interface and album artwork but I hated having to AirPlay the music to my Sonos speakers to get lossless quality, anytime I wanted to listen to music throughout the house. Even more so, I really disliked the Apple Music interface on my iPad and the music organization is horrible in comparison to Spotify.

With Amazon Music, while I could easily get lossless music throughout the house, especially using the new Sonos Voice Control, and I enjoyed the way it organized music compared to Apple Music, not too mention its music discovery was amazing, the functionality and experience of using the actual Amazon Music interface on my iPad was horrific to put it lightly. For example, liking music by using the thumbs up icon often didn’t add the music to your My Likes playlist, so you’d have to try to force it by adding it to the My Likes playlist as well.

All said and done, after letting these two platforms battle it out, I was the one being left exhausted and frustrated by both of them and I realized that I didn’t really like either of them that much. So with no where really left to go, I decided to try Spotify again. And without a doubt, the experience of using the platform is still leaps and bounds superior to other music platforms. Although I think it’s important to note that I did I enjoy Tidal Music’s interface and Tidal Connect but just not at the $20/month price point.

So what about the morality of using Spotify with Joe Rogan still on the platform? Well I’ve pretty much realized that all platforms today have morality issues with them, no matter who you go with now (i.e. both Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and even Apple’s Tim Cook both are having issues with their worker’s rights). So no one’s really an angel anymore.

All said and done though, I’m back with Spotify now and enjoying the simplicity of it again, with things just working as they should…but yes I do miss the lossless quality of other platforms. However, with Spotify hopefully introducing its HiFi plan in the near future and with all music platforms starting to increase the cost of their plans, perhaps the comparisons I’ll be doing in the future between different platforms will look completely different.

I wouldn’t doubt that I may just be looking at a comparison between just Spotify and Tidal Music around the $20/month price point in the near future. But then again, if prices of music platforms get that high for all platforms, we may see a resurgence in people ripping their own lossless music from CDs again or even buying lossless / hi-res music directly from artists, rather than paying these higher streaming prices. The issue with this though is that music with Dolby Atmos isn’t available to purchase yet. It’s only available from streaming platforms. Hopefully this will change in the future as well.

Finally one thing to point out. As I’m predominantly on Apple’s ecosystem and devices, if there is a dramatic improvement and upgrade to both the audio quality of AirPlay, making it fully hi-res rather than just lossless, and it’s functionality in the near future, this also may sway me back to Apple Music again. But the downside is that I still really dislike the interface and library organization of Apple Music, so I’m not so sure.

Oh! One last thing that I forgot to mention! Both loudness normalization (which needs to be added for streaming smart speakers or the music platform itself as the music isn’t being cast from the app itself but from the speaker) and the ability to play and cast music anywhere from the music platforms app itself are important things that need to be addressed. For example, the Apple Music iOS app can’t cast music to a Google Chrome device and thus you can’t control that music from the Apple Music app itself. With the Matter smart home standard finally being introduced, I’m still wondering where streaming music fits into this all. Will Matter introduce a unified streaming music protocol like AirPlay that will unify everything, letting any music platform app play music on any device, regardless of the digital ecosystem is originated within? I hope so. But I haven’t seen anything talking about this yet.

Update on Amazon Music: I also forgot to mention that Amazon Music “appears” to be working on an update of the app that I somehow got a sneak peak to while using it a week or two back (but then lost access to it when I had to reinstall the app). Besides allowing you to cast to Google Chrome devices (which is now live but somewhat buggy), it appears that they are testing out a new system for tracking songs that you like using a heart icon and functionality similar to Spotify. This works way better than the default thumbs up system that the system currently has. If these updates get released in the next month or so, I will gladly switch back to Amazon Music, as it will allow me to have lossless / hi-res music again and a user interface that’s actually not completely frustrating to use.


Teaching ChatGPT To Use Metaphors Effectively

I was playing around with ChatGPT this morning and I think I finally figured out how to get it to express things in a similar metaphorical mindset as my own. The trick it seems is to be very specific about the metaphor you want it to use, breaking down the parts of it, so it understands it in a greater scope, rather than just describing the metaphor vaguely.

For example, before I may have just said “use a roleplaying game as a metaphor to better understand what vertical development is.” While it provided interesting replies, they weren’t going in the direction I wanted it to go. When I started getting more specific about the roleplaying metaphor I want used though, that’s when things really got interesting and I started getting really surprisingly good results back, because they were much closer to what I wanted to see.

Also note that I didn’t need to reinforce the specificity of the metaphor on the follow-up questions. It understood that I wanted it to continue to use this metaphor when it replied to me, which is amazing. In doing so, my continued querying of “when you say this, do you mean this?” to it, providing the further specificity that I wanted. The end result was close to what I was querying, that being that I know each level of consciousness perceptually feels like a whole new reality and it closely confirmed it using the roleplaying metaphor that the game changes dynamically, so each level (of consciousness) is like a new type of gameplay within the larger game.

In a roleplaying game, you travel through different stages of the game world doing quests which involve going into dungeons, slaying monsters, and gaining experience and treasure which help you to level up. Explain how this could be used as a metaphor to better understand the process of vertical development?

In a roleplaying game, the process of “leveling up” through gaining experience and treasure can be seen as a metaphor for the process of vertical development in real life. Just as the player character in a game progresses through different stages and becomes more powerful and capable, individuals in real life can also undergo a process of personal growth and development, becoming more self-aware, skilled, and capable in their personal and professional lives. The “quests” and “dungeons” in the game can represent the challenges and obstacles that individuals must overcome in order to progress in their personal and professional development. The “monsters” in the game can be seen as metaphorical representations of the internal and external obstacles that individuals must overcome in order to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

More specifically, how are quests in roleplaying games metaphors for questions in life that help us with our vertical development?

Quests in roleplaying games can be seen as metaphors for the questions and challenges that individuals face in their lives that help with their vertical development. Just as a quest in a game presents the player with a specific task or objective to complete, individuals in real life are presented with questions and challenges that they must navigate and overcome in order to progress and develop. These challenges can come in many forms, such as personal, professional, and societal issues that individuals must grapple with in order to understand themselves and the world better.

As players in a game complete quests, they gain experience and resources that help them to level up and become more powerful, similarly when individuals in real life navigate and overcome the questions and challenges they face, they gain new knowledge, skills, and perspective that help them to grow and develop as individuals.

Furthermore, in a game, quests can also be seen as opportunities for players to explore and understand different aspects of the game’s world, similarly in real life, questions and challenges provide individuals with opportunities to explore and understand different aspects of themselves and the world around them.

So the unexplored areas of the game world in the roleplaying game is a metaphor for unexplored areas of our inner selves?

Yes, the unexplored areas of the game world in a roleplaying game can be seen as a metaphor for the unexplored areas of our inner selves. Just as a player in a game may venture into unknown territories to discover new places and gain new experiences, individuals in real life can also explore and discover new aspects of themselves through self-reflection and introspection.

In roleplaying games, there could be many different areas of the game world that players have yet to discover, similarly, there are many different aspects of our inner selves that we may not be aware of or have yet to fully explore. These unexplored areas can include things like our own thoughts, feelings, values, and beliefs, which can be difficult to access or understand without taking the time to reflect on them.

Therefore, the process of exploring the game world in a roleplaying game can be seen as a metaphor for the process of self-discovery and self-exploration in real life, where individuals can gain new understanding and insight into themselves through taking the time to reflect on their inner selves and the world around them.

Would you say that the challenges we face in roleplaying games, like monsters, are metaphors for challenges we face in real life that make us question our reality and ourselves? In effect, it is the challenge itself that makes us question something and thus undergo a quest to understand it better.

Yes, the challenges faced in roleplaying games, such as monsters, can be seen as metaphors for the challenges faced in real life that make us question our reality and ourselves. These challenges can take many forms, such as personal, professional, and societal issues that we must grapple with in order to understand ourselves and the world better.

Just as monsters in roleplaying games represent obstacles that players must overcome in order to progress and complete their quest, the challenges we face in real life can also serve as obstacles that we must navigate and overcome in order to understand ourselves better, develop new skills and knowledge, and achieve our goals and aspirations.

The process of overcoming these challenges can involve questioning our reality and ourselves, as well as taking the time to reflect on our thoughts, feelings, values and beliefs. It is through these challenges that we are forced to question our assumptions and beliefs, which can lead to personal growth and development.

Therefore, the challenges faced in roleplaying games can be seen as a metaphor for the challenges faced in real life, representing opportunities for personal growth and self-discovery.

Ah, so when we begin to “question our assumptions and beliefs” that’s what begins a “quest” which can transform the way we look at ourselves and our world?

Yes, that is a good way to think about it. When we begin to question our assumptions and beliefs, it can be seen as the beginning of a “quest” for understanding and personal growth. This process of questioning and self-reflection can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves, our values, and the world around us. It can also lead to a shift in perspective and a change in the way we view ourselves and the world.

In roleplaying games, the player’s character embarks on a quest to complete a specific task, but along the way, they may discover new things about the game world and themselves. Similarly, when we question our assumptions and beliefs, we embark on a “quest” of self-discovery and self-exploration, which can lead to new insights, perspectives, and a greater understanding of ourselves and the world.

It’s important to note, that this quest is not necessarily a one-time thing, but rather a continuous journey through which we will encounter new challenges and questions that will lead to further self-discovery and growth.

When you say that “they may discover new things about the game world and themselves”, are you saying that the dynamics of the game itself may change in the process?

Yes, that is exactly what I mean. When players in a roleplaying game begin to discover new things about the game world and themselves, it can change their understanding of the game and their character’s place in it. They may find new paths to explore, new ways to interact with the game world, and new ways to approach challenges. Similarly, when individuals in real life begin to question their assumptions and beliefs, it can change their understanding of themselves and the world around them. They may find new perspectives, new ways to interact with others, and new ways to approach challenges.

In a game, this can also change the dynamics of the game, as the player’s new understanding and abilities may open up new opportunities and possibilities within the game world. Similarly, in real life, when an individual gains a new understanding or ability, it can open up new opportunities and possibilities in their personal and professional life.

It’s important to note that, as the player continues to progress through the game, the game world will also change, and the player’s character will be able to access new areas and levels that were previously unavailable. Similarly, as individuals continue to grow and develop, their understanding of themselves and the world around them will also change, and they will be able to access new opportunities and possibilities that were previously unavailable.


ChatGPT Example: Seeing Clearer Relationships Between Concepts

I mentioned yesterday that I’m using ChatGPT to specifically see the relationship between concepts I already known and gain a clearer, bigger picture of how they interrelate to one another within the context of life as a whole.

In a way, this is what I wanted to do with concept maps a while back but I just didn’t have enough experience with them to be able to easily create them. But that said, I think the key thing I wanted to achieve with concept maps was a feeling of finally having something “solid to stand upon” , with regards to the decades of research I’ve done but nothing really substantial to show for it. In effect, it felt like I had this bigger picture intuitively within my mind but I couldn’t find the right words to articulate it in writing and thus get it out of me.

Below is one such simple, yet powerful example of using ChatGPT to articulate the relationship between creativity and vertical development, providing both a confirmation for what I already know about the relationship but also another way of expressing it.

What relationship does creativity have with vertical development?

Creativity can be seen as a key aspect of vertical development, as it involves the ability to generate new and original ideas and solutions, and to think in novel ways. As individuals progress through different stages of vertical development, they may become more adept at utilizing their creativity in various domains, such as problem-solving, decision-making, and innovation. Additionally, as individuals become more self-aware and able to take a more holistic perspective on their experiences, they may be better able to tap into their innate creativity.

As I’ve noted before, creativity is symbolized as the river of life. As we progress through life, we are challenged by life itself and thus have to step into this river, swim within it, and cross to new lands, so that we can build a stable bridge to these new worlds (which represent a new stage of psychological development and a new way of perceiving the world).

What’s important to realize though is that as we get to higher stages of development and accompanying higher levels of consciousness, we become aware that the goal isn’t to use creativity as just a transitory tool, to overcome a brief period of unknown uncertainty, but instead we learn to use it as a way of playfully experiencing life all the time, opening up to possibilities and experiences we may have prevented from perceiving due to our limited mindsets before.

In other words, as we progress through our vertical development, we are effectively learning to master creativity within larger contexts of life, until we learn to apply it to life as a whole including how we perceive ourselves and the entire universe around us.

Again, I already intuitively knew this but I couldn’t easily verifying my intuition without doing massive amounts of research. The AI of ChatGPT, however, helps me to achieve this by simply asking a specific single question about the relationship of these concepts. It’s amazing.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.