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Is the answer more important to the question? Or is it the other way around?

This week we're exploring the power of questions. Our conclusion: they’re pretty darn important. That’s because they force us to really delve into the situation at hand and push us to think differently. Often, this leads to creative and prudent solutions. These articles really got me thinking about our culture surrounding immediate answers. With the power of AI, like ChatGPT, literally in our hands, are we becoming more empowered to ask questions of substance, or are we learning to circumvent the questioning process entirely?

Welcome to the June 4 edition of The Digest.

Why do we do what we do?

Let's break down that very general question: First, what are we doing? Usually, it's pretty easy to answer that, because it relates to an action. For example, I am ordering this test. I am performing this specific type of exam. The second question is: why are we doing it? That’s much harder to nail down. Is it because you know it will have the desired outcome? Is it because it's the traditional way of treating the illness? In medicine, ignoring the why can cause harm to everyone involved. And with technological advances, a lot of our traditional medical education is becoming obsolete and obsolete.So, why do we continue with the status quo? And what should we do about it? Link.

Imagine: you’re in class and you have a question you’re too afraid to ask...

You're afraid it will make you look stupid.  And despite the old adage, there are no dumb questions, you hesitate. We’ve all been there.We shouldn’t though, says the author, because questions lead to identifying gaps in your knowledge, and that’s “the first step to filling them”. Good questions - really, any questions - are the key to better insights on our world.And really, the author explains, we learn more from working through the question than we do the answer. Check out the author's thought experiment and see what you think. Link.

ChatGPT will write you whatever you want, but don’t expect it to get creative.

The AI tool has become increasingly popular as a writing tool, especially for the boring stuff - not to mention it's role in the existential question: How can humans and AI coexist? If you choose to use it, do so at your own risk and expect a lot of cliches.  

Enjoy this author’s playful exploration of the limitations of the AI tool. Link.