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Is modern technology robbing us of joyful moments?

February 7, 2023

Lately, I’ve been wondering: Is modern technology robbing us of joyful moments?
Someone recently shared with me that they wrote a complete book in 15 minutes, using ChatGPT. The book was about a specific leadership topic, and the chatbox came up with the book title, listed out chapter titles, and filled in the text of the entire book – all within 15 minutes.
How did ChatGPT do that? By scanning the internet, finding content, then plugging in what it found.

Books are just the tip of the iceberg: ChatGPT also writes music, authors essays, completes children’s homework. ChatGPT has passed an MBA exam, a medical licensing exam, and the bar exam. 
I’m not saying this type of technology is good or bad, right or wrong. But I do wonder if this type of technology has us losing out on joyful moments.
For me, there is joy in having an original thought. There is a thrill to solving a problem on your own. There is a sense of accomplishment and confidence that comes from passing an exam or receiving a diploma you’ve studied and worked hard for.
And if we’re always relying on technology to find the answers for ourselves, then… how are we learning? How are we growing? How are we evolving?
As a busy business owner, I could see how easy it would be to turn to technology like ChatGPT to “write” for me (in fact, I’m writing a new book right now!). But I’ve reflected on it, and I’ve decided I’ll stay the course of writing the “old school” way. Why? Because I find the real joy is in the journey, not just the end result.
Would you agree? I’d love to hear your thoughts!



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