Episode 701: Where Words and Strategy Meet

ChatGPT and Cautious Optimism - by Kyle Evans

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    • QOTW: If aliens made themselves known to us, what is the first thing you introduce to them?
  • Mad Marv:

If aliens showed up, I’d show them the War of the Worlds.  The audio drama, not the movie.  I’d pitch it to them by saying how this story always leads to mass hysteria whenever it is broadcast.  Even decades after it was revealed as a hoax.  Even when the story is translated to other languages.  And even when somebody says “It couldn’t happen again in this day and age”.  I’d bet them that it would work on their home world with just a little bit of localization.

  • ChatGPT:

    As a language model AI, I don’t have personal experiences or emotions, but if I were to introduce something to aliens, I would introduce the concept of communication and language, as a means of establishing a common understanding and facilitate further exchange of information.

On This Day In History for February 8, 2023

This is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 326 days remaining in 2023.

  • It was on this date in 1817, that Las Heras completed his crossing of the Andes with an army to join San Martín and liberate Chile from Spain.
  • Delaware refused to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Slavery was outlawed in the United States, including Delaware, when the Amendment was ratified by the requisite number of states on December 6, 1865. Delaware ratified the Thirteenth Amendment on February 12, 1901, which was the ninety-second anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln on this date in 1865
  • It was also this date in 1879 that Sandford Fleming first proposed adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute
  • It was 108 years ago today that D. W. Griffith’s controversial film The Birth of a Nation premiered in Los Angeles.
  • On February 8, 1922, United States President Warren G. Harding introduced the first radio set in the White House
  • 77 years ago today, The first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version, was published
  • February 8, 1960, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name Mountbatten-Windsor
  • On February 8, 1960, The Hollywood Walk of Fame was established.
  • 52 years ago today, The NASDAQ stock market index opened for the first time
  • That same date in 1974, After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returned to Earth
  • 40 years ago today, The Melbourne dust storm hit Australia’s second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, a 320 meters (1,050 ft) deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night
  • General Motors sued NBC after Dateline NBC allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles the lawsuit the next day on this date in 1993

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Greek astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer (probable; d. 175), Vettius Valens, born on this date in 120.
  • Also turning 1611 today is Greek mathematician and philosopher (probable; d. 485) Proclus.
  • Dutch-Swiss mathematician and physicist, Daniel Bernoulli, born on this date in 1700.
  • English geographer, biologist, and explorer, Henry Walter Bates was born 198 years ago today.
  • Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist and academic was born on that same date in 1834.
  • American physicist and lawyer, invented Xerography, Chester Carlson, born on this date in 1906.
  • Lana Turner, American actress was born on that same date in 1921.
  • American actor, James Dean was born 92 years ago today.
  • American pianist, composer, and conductor, John Williams is 91 today.
  • Also turning 80 today is American scientist and inventor Valerie Thomas.
  • American lawyer and author, John Grisham, born on this date in 1955.
  • Also turning 66 today is French historian of mathematics and sinologist Karine Chemla.
  • Also born on that same date in 1964, Belizean-American mathematical physicist and academic, Arlie Petters.
  • Gary Coleman, the American actor was born 55 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1974, American actor, voice artist, comedian, producer, writer, and director, Seth Green.

Listener Birthdays

  • 8 – Jan Scott from Yorkshire, UK
  • 9 – Podcast Mike Wills from Minnesota
  • 10 – Zach Akgulian – Appleton, WI
  • 10 – Drace (Shari from ND)
  • 14 – Douglas E. Welch of Career Opportunities Podcast
  • 14 – Andrew from Illinois

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for February  8, 2023

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Question of the week:

  • If you could go back in time and witness a historic event, which would you choose?
    • ChatGPT said:
      As a language model AI, I don’t have personal experiences or the ability to physically travel through time, but if I were to choose a historic event to witness, it would likely be the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, as it marked the birth of the United States of America and the formal declaration of independence from Great Britain. It is considered a significant turning point in world history and had far-reaching impacts on politics, society, and the concept of nationhood.

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