Office Hours is an hour long Zoom call we have on Friday’s from 2-3pm ET. The event is exclusive to Epsilon Theory members and is a great way to hear Ben’s thoughts on markets, politics, and current events. Every Monday I post a brief recap of the previous OH. This is not a transcription of the call and doesn’t cover everything. But it does outline the main conversations we had.
Before this was posted on the ET Forum, but we’re moving it to the front page so more people can see the recap and understand the opportunities of Office Hours.
These are the major topics and ideas we discussed during the 03/17/2023 Office Hours as well as some of the biggest takeaways. If you have something you want to add to the conversation, let us know in the comments and join us next time.
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Chat GPT and other AI:
Our conversations were dominated this week by Chat GPT and we were lucky enough to have an expert on the call. Kevin Muto is a pack member that has been working in this field for years. He was gracious enough to take the time to answer some of our questions about the application and future of AI.
One of the first questions he answered was about the different types of AI. What exactly is the difference between Chat 3.5 and 4 and all the many programs popping up? Well it turns out it’s pretty simple. “4 is simply better than 3.5 at everything. It’s better at displaying reasoning, it’s able to think step by step, it’s able to avoid some of the common sense errors 3.5 makes.” Kevin also directed us to a great explanation of the differences that you can find here – https://twitter.com/leopoldasch/status/1638848850516672513.
Another question is what should people entering the work force do to position themselves for the future? Chat GPT can do pretty much everything a first year analyst can only much faster and much cheaper. So how do we prepare for that? Ultimately, we don’t know. None of us know how the world will change in the next 5, 10, or 20 years. But Kevin does try to look at things in a positive light “to see what potential there is. How things could change for the better. Knowledge work and institutions from the 20th century already seem so strange to us. And it’ll continue to change.”
Now here at Epsilon Theory we want to use this tech to create our own Librarian. A “chat bot there on the website that replaces search. Because it’s not search. It’s discovery” This has always been Ben’s dream for the Epsilon Theory site and we’re so excited to make it a reality. It will help visitors organically discover new notes and make it so much easier to welcome newcomers to the fold.
If you have any questions for Kevin, check out the Forum threads talking about AI. And come to Epsilon Connect! Kevin will be one of our presenters at the first session and it’s sure to be an amazing time.
We’re sure to continue this conversation at the next Office Hours and I encourage you to join us if you have the time. We’ll be meeting from 2-3pm EST on Zoom. Check out the Forum for the link and more information. If there’s a question you have for Ben and the group, post it on the Forum. It’s the best and fastest way to reach a community of intelligent and creative thinkers.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on these ideas and hope that you’ll join us next time. If you haven’t already, sign up to access the Forum and Office Hours.
Thank you Harper. There was a brief introduction to this Office Hours wherein Ben mentioned the integration and impact of AI at ET. Where can I find that?
Writing a note on that now, Eric, and will show a draft at this Friday’s OH!
Continue the discussion at the Epsilon Theory Forum