Ep 72 3 Key Takeaways from The A.I. Skillet Skills Lab

blog Oct 11, 2023

In episode 72, I share three key points from the first session of the AI skillet, the Artificial Intelligence Skills Lab program. You're listening to the Remote Work Retirement Show, the only show that helps semi-retirees figure out their remote work options. I firmly believe that remote work is the new retirement plan, and many retirees possess the ability and desire to work on their own terms, allowing them to live life on their own terms. Let's dive into today's episode.

Hello? Hello there, my friend. Today, I am picking up where I left off in episode 71 to bring you the key points and highlights from the AI skillet. As a reminder, the AI skillet is an Artificial Intelligence Skills Lab where we learn and experiment with AI as a small group. Last week, I mentioned that I would be sharing the things we learn here on this podcast, so you can follow along and pick up some AI tips and tricks along the way.

Now, I want to pause and address the AI elephant in the room for a sec. I Tere know that not everyone is as enthusiastic about AI as I am. In fact, many people resist the idea of learning AI and vow never to adopt these tools. I even risk losing some listeners because I'm covering AI extensively right now. However, I respect every person's decision about what is right for them. But I also have a responsibility to talk about AI because I specialize in helping people work remotely, and AI is crucial to your ability to secure a remote job, maintain it, start a remote business, or even embark on a side hustle. There's no way around it.

Let me illustrate this with a real-world example. I have a close family member, whom I won't name for privacy reasons. She's an actress who has recently revitalized her career. At the time of this recording, she's around 76 or 77 years old. She even shared with me that she heard one of my AI podcast episodes and said, "I should probably learn artificial intelligence." Now, I believe that everyone should learn AI, but I initially told her, "Maybe you don't need to know AI because you're an actress, and AI might not be a top priority for you right now." However, just a few days later, her agent assigned her an AI-related task - to write a script using AI. She was given only five days to complete this assignment, and she had no idea how to do it. This caused her immense stress, and it's likely she'll miss out on this opportunity because she lacks the necessary AI knowledge. This situation is disheartening because I possess the knowledge of how to approach such tasks and make them easy. Learning AI can be a game-changer.

In Remote Work School, my online coaching program, one member mentioned the need to learn AI because it was appearing as a requirement in job descriptions. These job descriptions often lack specificity but include phrases like "must know some AI tools." Job descriptions are evolving rapidly, and within another six months, they may start listing very specific AI tools and skills. This is why discussing AI is crucial right now, even if it feels early to provide precise guidance.

Now, back to the AI skillet. In our first session, we aimed to understand each other's goals and projects. I noticed two distinct groups among our members.

Key Takeaway 1: There are two camps of people. Camp one comprises those with specific projects or goals in mind, intending to use AI to achieve them. Camp two includes individuals who aren't sure how they want to use AI yet but recognize the need to acquire AI skills. This diversity represents the broader population - those who have specific AI applications in mind and those still exploring possibilities.

For those with defined goals, we select appropriate AI tools to help them achieve their objectives. For example, Donna wants to write, illustrate, and publish a children's book, and we explored tools like DALL·E 2.0. For Bob, who provides video editing services, we'll explore tools like Descript and Video and Opus to repurpose video content. These examples show how AI tools can align with specific goals.

But what about those in camp two, who don't yet know how they want to use AI? It's challenging to provide a clear path for them.

Key Takeaway 2: Learning to write effective prompts is a fundamental skill when working with AI. Specific prompts enable AI to produce the desired results, similar to giving a friend a specific dinner order. Learning to write effective prompts is foundational to AI work and opens doors to using various AI tools.

AI can be likened to a vast ocean, and finding a linear way to navigate it is challenging. The rapid introduction of new tools and features further complicates the learning curve.

Key Takeaway 3: Learning AI isn't a linear process, but rather an immersive experience. It's like diving into a large ocean without a clear path. It may initially feel overwhelming, but it's crucial to approach AI with an open mind, be willing to experiment, and learn by doing. Over time, it becomes more intuitive, just like other everyday activities.

So, how can you start experimenting with AI? Here are some prompts you can use with your chosen AI tool:

  • Ask the AI to write a poem about your pet.
  • Provide a list of ingredients in your fridge and request a dinner recipe.
  • Plan a three-day itinerary for a destination you'd like to visit.

These prompts are just the beginning, and they can help you get started on your AI journey.

In conclusion, AI is a transformative force in our lives, and learning it can open up new opportunities in remote work and beyond. Dive in, experiment, and remember that the learning curve may be steep at first, but with persistence and an open mind, AI can become second nature.

If you're looking to get back into the workforce, change jobs, work remotely, or learn AI, check out my free remote work training to stay ahead of the trends. Click the link in the show notes or visit CamillaTel.com and press the free training button.

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