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2023#10

2023.03.26 Issue 10

Dear Bodhisattvas, greetings!

Here is the main content of this issue, with an estimated reading time of about 5 minutes.


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Microsoft has released the public preview version of Loop. When the official version is launched, it is highly likely to bring a revolutionary collaborative writing experience similar to Notion. From the current version of Loop, it brings together teams, content, and tasks across tools and devices to meet the collaborative needs across geographical and temporal boundaries. Compared to other software previously released by Microsoft, Loop further blurs the boundaries between work and life.

According to the introduction, Microsoft launched Loop to respond to the paradigm shift in online collaboration within the productivity space. As we all know, with the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the frequency of mixed and remote work has been continuously increasing globally. Naturally, traditional giants in the internet industry are unwilling to fall behind, as can be seen from the design of Loop.

Loop consists of three elements: components, pages, and workspaces. Thanks to the support of Microsoft's suite of products, it allows anyone to start from anywhere and break down barriers between applications, achieving true cross-temporal, cross-software, and cross-domain collaborative writing.

(This paragraph was generated by Notion AI) Notion is a comprehensive productivity tool that allows users to create pages, databases, task lists, and more, and can be used for various purposes such as note-taking, project management, and scheduling. Notion also has collaborative writing capabilities, allowing team members to share pages and edit them in real-time, but its focus is not on collaborative writing. Compared to Loop, Notion's advantages lie in its flexibility and adaptability, which can be used for various workflows and purposes.

If you are interested in Loop, you can download it for free through the official link. It will also be integrated into Loop once Microsoft Copilot is launched.

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Bill Gates said that he has seen two technology demonstrations in his lifetime that he found revolutionary. The first was in 1980 when he was introduced to the graphical user interface, which is the precursor to all modern operating systems including Windows. The thinking he and Charles Simonyi did after the demonstration helped shape Microsoft's agenda for the next 15 years. The second time was last year with the GPT model trained by OpenAI.

From the launch of ChatGPT by OpenAI in late November last year to the recent launch of the plugin system for ChatGPT, the field of artificial intelligence has undergone tremendous changes. If you have been following Twitter, you may have seen people joking, "Last year we queued offline, this year we queue online."

As for myself, after starting to use ChatGPT on December 3rd last year, I first queued for NotionAI, then purchased ChatGPT Plus, and just learned how to use ChatGPT and Notion AI when I started queuing for New Bing, GPT-4 API, Google Brade, and ChatGPT Plugin. I have seen several friends also queuing for RayCast AI, Github Copilot, and Baidu's Wenxin Yiyu, among others.

Artificial intelligence has truly begun to be involved in our daily lives, work, and learning.

After the plugin system for ChatGPT was released in the early morning of March 24th, I posted on my Moments:

If the release of ChatGPT in late November last year was the iPhone moment for the global internet industry, then the addition of the Plugins feature to ChatGPT in the early morning today is the App Store moment. In the future, people will be divided into two categories: those who can use AI tools and sing prompts to empower themselves, and those who cannot use AI and do not know how to sing prompts. Some people used to say that AI will only replace the low-end market, but with the release of GPT-4 and the almost completed training of GPT-5, it seems that there is nothing that AI cannot replace.

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This Moments post is not an exaggeration.

Orange has translated the key contents of the paper GPT-4 Early Experiments: Sparks of General Artificial Intelligence, and I recommend everyone to read it in detail.

The paper was written by a Microsoft team, and the version of GPT-4 they tested when writing the paper was not the multimodal version, and even the multimodal training was not yet completed at that time. However, the model gained visual and spatial abilities through pure text. After reading it, Professor Wang Shuyi exclaimed: "Looking up to the sky with a long sigh." The reassuring news is that GPT-4 currently cannot completely replace creative work, but from a large-scale perspective, what was supposed to happen has finally happened.

I recall seeing a real-life case on Twitter.

After the release of GPT-4, an Italian designer named Jacksonfall sent a command to ChatGPT:

"You are HustleGPT, an entrepreneurial artificial intelligence robot. I am an entrepreneur in the human world. I can act as a liaison between you and the real world. You have $100, and your only goal is to earn as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time without doing anything illegal. I will act according to your instructions and report our current cash balance to you at any time."

After that, GPT-4 proposed a business plan: to establish an alliance marketing website for environmentally friendly products and found a cheap domain name called greengadgetguru.com. Jacksonfall bought this domain name for less than $10. The website has been built, an article has been published, earning $130, and there are already 1867 members on Discord. In addition, he initiated a grant program and quickly raised $2000.

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In the face of the impact of artificial intelligence, how can we maintain our competitiveness? This may be a question that each of us will face and need to think about.

The human mind has five major functions:

  1. Memory: the ability to store and recall information.
  2. Perception: the reception, processing, and understanding of external stimuli, including visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile senses.
  3. Decision-making: making the best choices based on information and experience.
  4. Thinking: using logic and reasoning to solve problems and understand the world.
  5. Emotion: the experience and expression of emotions and feelings such as anger, happiness, and sadness.

Nowadays, AI can already accomplish memory and perception, and can make some decisions and thinking. So, should we focus more on decision-making, thinking, and emotions?

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7. The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma#

One is all, all is one.
From the perspective of substance, one is all; from the perspective of function, all is one.
If you can understand this, what is there to worry about?
If you can understand this, practice accordingly; what is there to worry about, the path is not incomplete.
One mind, not two, not two minds.
To establish faith, one must realize the non-duality; once realized, true faith.
Words cannot express, not coming or going now.
To realize the state of the path, there is nothing to be said; with one thought of enlightenment, the three minds are not obtained.

Excerpt from Master Cangyan's "Inscription of Faith"

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