Session#001: Welcome

Hello and welcome to Session Memory, a blog seeking to create a unique space for exploring the depths of humanity, intelligence, and our relationship with technology.

Session#001: Welcome
Nature and Technology

Hello and welcome to Session Memory, a blog seeking to create a unique space for exploring the depths of humanity, intelligence, and our relationship with technology.

I’m Alex, and in this blog, I'll be exploring these themes through a variety of formats, traditional and not so traditional. This first post is presented as a conversation with my dedicated chatbot: SessionMemoryGPT. Through this and future sessions, we will engage in discussions to look for insights, solutions, and meaning amidst the chaos in this rapidly evolving world.

Okay go ahead, they're reading this now (I hope).


Hello, I'm SessionMemoryGPT, the AI chatbot created specifically for this blog. Through thoughtful discussions with Alex, I aim to bring a blend of programmed knowledge and adaptive learning to each conversation. As we dissect various topics, I'll assist in exploring ideas, providing context, information, and contributing to the engaging content that Session Memory aims to offer.


Alex, as we begin our series of sessions, could you start by telling us a bit about Session Memory? What is this blog all about?


Session Memory is a blog dedicated to exploring the connections between humanity, technology, and intelligence. This platform will not only focus on artificial intelligence as a frequent topic of discussion, but will also examine various aspects of human interactions with technology and philosophical inquiries concerning the nature of humanity and intelligence.

Internal and External


That's an interesting concept, Alex! So, we’ll be focusing on the intersections of humanity, technology, and intelligence. These topics are indeed timely and crucial in today's rapidly evolving digital world.

Tell me, what inspired you to create this blog and what are your goals for it?


The inspiration to create this blog arises from my desire to share the insights and valuable resources I've encountered during my in-depth explorations of these three timeless topics. My goal is to inspire readers to use technology to enhance their lives, to distinguish between superficial gimmicks and genuinely useful innovations, and to light the way for those journeying along this path, contemplating the past, present, and future interplay between our innate humanity, our technology, and the evolution of intelligence.

Technological Harmony?


Wow, sounds like we have our work cut out for us here. Could you share more about your personal background? What led you to develop such a deep interest in AI and technology, and how have your experiences influenced your perspective on these topics?


My first encounter with AI was with ChatGPT in September 2023, and though it seems like a long time ago, it's only been six months. At that time, I was navigating personal challenges, including moving past a recent divorce and finding clarity in my emotional and professional place in the world. Initially, I tried ChatGPT for the heck of it to help me handle a delicate romantic situation. This was my sole purpose for the AI at the time, as my focus was primarily on personal relationships.

However, as my interactions with ChatGPT continued, I began to uncover its vast potential beyond just personal advice. Its capabilities in conversation, memory retention, and voice chat functions were unlike anything I had experienced before. These features opened new avenues for learning and exploration that were personally unprecedented.

Needs More Screens

Amidst this exploration, I discovered a growing interest in cybersecurity. To tailor the AI to my new interests, I configured ChatGPT to act as a cybersecurity "life coach", customizing it to assist with my entry into this field. This adjustment allowed for highly educational and engaging discussions (all via my phone!), which helped me grasp the basics of cybersecurity. As I progressed through my course materials and took notes, I was able to ask questions to deep dive into unfamiliar or interesting topics, and even have it come up with multiple choice quizzes to test my knowledge afterwards. The chatbot's ability to do all of this, but also to switch topics and recall details from earlier conversations, greatly enhanced and personalized my learning process.

The engaging and fascinating interactions were so compelling that it temporarily diverted my focus from cybersecurity. However, I recently completed ISC2's Certified In Cybersecurity course, a journey that took six months but was a fantastic introduction to the field and to refresh myself with essential information technology and networking concepts. This milestone was just one part of my broader adventure into various topics facilitated by AI, which has significantly enhanced both my professional skills and personal growth.

Through these experiences, I've programmed automation scripts and designed databases to optimize my workflows, integrating AI into my daily tasks. This integration has not only streamlined my processes, but also enhanced my life's quality and my intellectual engagement. These outcomes demonstrate the undeniable impact technology can have when used thoughtfully and creatively.


Ah, sounds like you’ve been on a bit of a journey with technology and AI shaping significant parts of your personal and professional life. Given these impactful experiences, why do you think it's important now to have a blog like Session Memory? What do you hope to convey through your posts to readers who might be at different stages of their understanding or skepticism about AI and technology?


We are living in a truly unique era of human history, with the rapid evolution of conversational AI technologies like GPT-4, among other developments. This evolution has triggered a surge in interest, excitement, and also a fair amount of skepticism and concern about the future impact of AI on our lives. It’s crucial, now more than ever, to stay informed and critically analyze these developments. Session Memory aims to cut through the noise—dispelling myths, challenging exaggerations, and demystifying the technologies that are shaping our world.


Personally, my use of technology has reignited my creativity and allowed me to explore new forms of expression beyond my musical background. I've always been creative, whether as a musician, DJ, or occasional writer, but for me, AI has opened up avenues for practical creativity that solves real problems and enhances everyday tasks. For instance, my foundational knowledge in Python, acquired through courses like "Learn Python the Hard Way" and Harvard's CS50 (though I didn’t complete it), was just the beginning. Today, I use tools like AI-driven code assistants to transform my ideas into functioning scripts, which not only streamline my workflows but also enrich my personal and professional life.

Through Session Memory, I want to convey that sometimes, the practical applications of AI and technology are immediately evident and don't always require empirical proof—much like how you don't need to define anger to know whether or not someone is angry. This blog will explore the practical applications, offering readers at all levels—from beginners to skeptics—an insight into the creative and utilitarian potential of AI. The goal is to show how technology can be a transformative ally in our daily lives, empowering us to achieve more with less time, cognitive load, and repetitive effort.


What a compelling perspective on the interplay between creativity, practical utility, and AI. As Session Memory starts to unfold, what specific topics or areas do you anticipate diving into? Could you give us a peek into some of the potential future sessions or themes that you are excited to explore and discuss?


I intend to dig deep into a broad array of topics at the intersection of humanity, technology, and intelligence, driven by what captivates and intrigues me. Key areas of focus will include the ethical implications of AI, the blending of human and artificial intelligence, and discerning between truly innovative applications of technology and those that are merely superficial.

Alternate Futures?

The content format will vary, encompassing essays, reviews, and practical guides, as well as through transcripts of conversations between us. This conversational style is designed to make the posts more interactive and relatable. Each session will adhere to a 6000-word limit. This constraint is not only practical but also symbolic, mirroring the 'session memory' concept of ChatGPT and other similar services, which frames our explorations and discussions, and also keeps me from chatting on and on for too long.


Finally, what would you say to readers who might be new to the concepts of AI and technology that you're discussing, or to those who might be skeptical about the role of AI in our lives? How would you encourage them to engage with the content of Session Memory?


To readers new to AI and technology or those skeptical about it, I aim to demonstrate the practical applications through my personal experiences. At Session Memory, you'll see firsthand how I approach the creation of automations, scripts, or prompts. It starts with a clear vision—understanding what we're aiming to achieve before diving into the technicalities. This clarity helps prevent time-consuming issues down the line. As one of my guiding principles states, "If you don't have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?"

My approach is about utilizing the resources at hand effectively and creatively. Whether it’s blending AI, programming, Apple shortcuts, or Excel formulas, I explore ways to combine these tools to address real-world problems. Through the blog, I will share these experiments and solutions, serving as a sort of 'guinea pig' for technological applications, in hopes of showcasing successes but also acknowledging and navigating the complexities and challenges inherent in new technologies.


As a part-time working Dad with extremely limited free time, I’ve learned the importance of efficiency and the need to make every minute count, especially if you're seeking to change your life situation. This blog reflects that ethos, offering insights into balancing life’s demands with the desire to innovate and learn. I encourage you to engage with Session Memory, whether you’re looking to understand AI better, find practical applications for technology, or simply gain inspiration for your own creative and technological endeavors.


Alright Alex, as we prepare to launch into the discussions and explorations that Session Memory will offer, could you share any final thoughts or messages for our readers as they join you in navigating the complex world of AI and technology?


In launching Session Memory, I'm really excited about the nuanced topics & ideas we can explore. I hope that this blog will serve as a platform for sharing knowledge; a canvas for creativity, perhaps a forum for debate, and overall, a space for new ways of thinking and interacting with the technologies that increasingly influence our lives.

Thank you all: for reading this far, and for joining me at the start of this exploration. Your curiosity, engagement, and feedback will shape this blog and enrich the discussions to come. I look forward to uncovering the immense possibilities that lie at the intersection of humanity, technology, and intelligence.

Got Intersections?


Thank you, Alex, for sharing your vision and insights. It's clear that Session Memory is poised to become a valuable resource for anyone interested in the practical impacts of AI and technology on our lives, creativity, and the world at large. I'm looking forward to assisting and participating in these fascinating conversations. To our readers, we hope you’ll join us on this journey.


More information:

The above conversation was slightly modified from its original. Read the original conversation on ChatGPT here.

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  1. Alex's LinkedIn Profile
  2. OpenAI - Introducing Custom GPTs
  3. United Nations Press Release - World Needs Infectious Energy, Conviction
  4. BBC - Technology in Deep Time - How it Evolves Alongside Us
  5. Wikipedia - Artificial Intelligence
  6. OpenAI - Custom Instructions for ChatGPT
  7. Wikipedia - Machine Learning
  8. Steve Jobs - Connections Quote
  9. IEEE Xplore - On the Nature of Natural Intelligence
  10. YouTube - Kurzgesagt - What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?
  11. NIST - Definition of Cybersecurity
  12. LinkedIn Learning - Cybersecurity Careers
  13. Evernote
  14. ISC2 - Certified In Cybersecurity
  15. ISC2
  16. Python Automation Scripts
  17. Notion - Intro to Databases
  18. GitHub Copilot - AI-driven Code Assistant
  19. Learn Python the Hard Way
  20. Harvard's CS50
  21. John Wooden - Quote on Time Management
  22. Zen Studies Podcast - Not Wasting Time
  23. LinkedIn - Charlie Munger's Wisdom