The AI landscape is a hot topic, sparking both fascination and concern. On one hand, we’re amazed by machines’ ability to comprehend and process information, almost like humans. On the other hand, there’s apprehension about AI’s potential to generate less meaningful content (read: that means crap). The verdict?  AI can do both – the outcome depends on your steering and your capabilities of using GenAI.

AI as a Supportive Companion

I’ve personally tapped into generative AI’s text creation capabilities, but indeed I view it as a supportive tool rather than a primary author. Being a non-native English speaker, I get help formulating MY thoughts and sharing my insights within my network. Whether I’m crafting an blog post, drafting an article, or simply exchanging ideas within a community, the human touch remains indispensable.

Let me be clear: the human element remains irreplaceable.

I’ve expressed similar sentiments before, especially when discussing the new roles that AI introduces within organizations. In a prior blog post, I even introduced the notion of an ’AI Success Strategist’ (albeit somewhat humorous).

With this conceptual role, I tried to emphasize the importance of grasping the bigger picture and ensuring that AI initiatives align with organizational goals and values.

Yet again, it’s about leveraging AI to amplify our work, not replace the inherent human effort.

The Importance of Genuine Communication

My role in business development affords me a close-up view of the pivotal role that communication plays in fostering a shared understanding during times of change.

Communication, in its diverse forms: speech, text, gestures, and images. Currently, I’m particularly focused on text creation with generative AI. 

It’s crucial to explore how we can refine the coherent expression of ideas, stimulate meaningful discussions, and, when necessary, challenge conventional habits & ways of working.

While generative AI can handle data, mimic human-like text, and draft initial narratives, it often lacks the ability to truly understand and reflect on the nuances of a topic.

AI remains incapable of sharing personal experiences, evoking genuine emotions, or providing unique, human-centric insights.

The Value of Human Interaction

The feedback from our networks, the discussions ignited by our texts, and the insights we gain from others collectively, elevate our comprehension and enrich our conversations. It’s this synergy that transforms our thinking and supports our learning.

Nevertheless, the synergy between AI and human insight cannot be overstated.

AI lends a hand in: 

  • Data analysis
  • Offering novel perspectives for problem-solving
  • Initiating the creation of text (no more writers’ block!) 
  • Learning efforts

However, the finishing touches and the deep comprehension, stem from us, the humans.

While generative AI is a remarkable tool, the essence of creating insightful text (and ideas) and nurturing meaningful interactions within our network fundamentally rests on our human capabilities.

Our unique human capacity encompasses:

  1. Reflection
  2. Learning from others
  3. Sharing our unique perspectives
  4. Sense-making

These four facets profoundly enhance our thinking, communication (including the text creation process), and the ensuing dialogues.

Our way of working is transforming swiftly, and I remain curious about what the future holds.