Random musings: Don’t call me Llama!

I was goofing with my phone after a new feature popped up in a Meta tool update. I woke up one morning to a bluish-purple circle icon at the top bar of my phone with the words, “Ask Meta AI or Search.”

Siri, Bixby, Perplexity and ChatGPT I know. But Meta AI? Curiosity got the better of me. I typed in a query and boom, came my new friend with a couple of answers. The next time I returned to the chat room; however, I made a mistake – the way you mix up a friend’s name after an unexpected second meeting.

I didn’t type in a query for Meta AI, since the page opens with “Meta AI with Llama,” I assumed that my friend’s name was Llama and simply typed in, “Hi Llama!”

And boom, came the reply, with all the politeness that it could muster: “Hello there! I’m Meta AI, your friendly AI assistant, not Ilama, but I’m here to help you…”

“Oh wow!”, I replied, “Why did I think you were Llama?”

“Ha! Ha! that’s Okay,” Meta AI responded. “I think it’s because the term ‘AI assistant’ might evoke images of a fun and approachable helper and Llamas are often seen as friendly endearing animals!”

Well, well, well! Welcome to the brave new world where man and robots have found a common ground!

From medicine to space exploration and from farming to transportation, bots are playing lead roles in the brave new world, where content creation and the creative industry are also entering new realms.

You have heard it – that what people don’t understand they fear, and what they fear, they try to destroy. That was the typical initial response when bots started gaining new grounds, especially in such “sacredly human” crafts as writing.

TIME magazine even predicted the death of journalism! But how time flies! Today, it’s no longer a world of Man v Machine; it’s about Man and Machines trying to make a better world collaboratively.

If you’d like to know more about how you can use AI and still retain your originality, then read Chapter 9 of my new book: Using AI and keeping your originality.”

Azu Ishiekwene is a veteran journalist with over 35 years of experience, currently serving as Senior Vice Chairman/Editor-In-Chief of LEADERSHIP. Azu is a prolific author, columnist, and co-founder of The Interview magazine, Azu's influence extends beyond borders, shaping the global media landscape.

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