Women Over 50: Simplify Your Life with AI

Show Notes:

Summary:

In this episode of “Aging with Grace & Style,” Valerie Hatcher dives into the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the lives of women over 50. She dispels common misconceptions about AI, emphasizing its presence in everyday activities, from email filtering to personalized recommendations on platforms like Netflix and Spotify. Valerie highlights the practical applications of AI, such as transcribing old recipes, suggesting optimal grocery shopping times, offering customized workout plans, and providing organizational assistance. She also shares her own experiences using AI-based tools, including ChatGPT for meal planning, workout scheduling, and writing support. While acknowledging concerns about AI’s potential misuse, Valerie advocates for responsible and strategic use of AI to enhance our lives

Timestamps:

00:00 Introduction to the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on our lives

01:19 Understanding the basics of AI and its applications in everyday life

02:25 Debunking myths about AI and how it benefits everyone

03:49 Practical applications of AI to improve everyday tasks and decision-making

05:13 Usage examples of AI-based apps for organization, creativity, and personalization

06:35 Exploring AI-powered tools for enhancing daily routines and tasks

08:26 Considerations when using AI and its limitations in certain contexts

10:43 Concerns about misuse of AI and the importance of staying informed and vigilant

11:49 AI as a friend and a foe, emphasizing responsible and strategic use

13:43 Reflection on personal experiences with AI and encouraging further discussion

14:15 Conclusion and encouragement to explore the practical benefits of AI in daily life

Key Takeaways:

  • AI is not just for the tech-savvy or the younger crowd; it’s for everyone, offering opportunities to simplify tasks, enhance creativity, and tackle challenges.
  • AI can make our lives better by transcribing old family recipes, suggesting the best time to run errands, providing workout and meal plans, and enhancing our overall efficiency.
  • AI-powered tools like Todoist, Grammarly, Duolingo, Spotify, Pinterest, and Waze can help with organization, writing, language learning, music curation, creative inspiration, and navigating through traffic.
  • AI, when used responsibly, has the potential to enhance our lives in countless ways, but it’s important to stay aware of its limitations and use it wisely.
  • AI, as a powerful tool, should be understood and engaged with to decide how to use it, advocating for AI that works for us, not against us.

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Transcript
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Okay. So I have a confession. Last

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week, I lost a battle with an automated phone

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system. You know, the ones press 1 for this, 2 for

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that. I swear it took 20 minutes just to get

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where I needed to be. It got me thinking.

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Is AI out to get us? Or with

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all the buzz about this technology, could it make our

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lives easier? As a woman over 50,

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I want answers. So today,

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we're venturing into a topic that's both fascinating

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and a bit mystifying for many of us. It's

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artificial intelligence or AI. Is

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it our friend or foe? And how

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it's changing things for women like us.

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Hello, beautiful ladies. Welcome back to another episode of 5

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to Thrive. I'm your host, Valerie Hatcher. Our

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mission is to provide empowering tips for women over 50 to

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help us navigate this vibrant stage in life with grace,

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style, and a whole lot of fun. Each week, I

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bring you 5 practical and engaging tips on a specific

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topic. I hope you find them relevant and relatable,

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and we'll come back for more. Ready for today's episode?

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Then let's go.

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So let's start with the basics. Artificial

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intelligence in its simplest form, it's about

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creating computers that can perform tasks, which

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typically require human intelligence. This includes

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things like understanding natural language,

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recognizing patterns, making decisions, and

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even creating art. It's not about creating

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machines that think exactly like humans, but

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about solving problems in a way that's inspired

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by human thought processes.

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AI has been around for a while. Actually, the

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concept dates back to the mid 20th century,

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but it's only in the recent years that technology

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has caught up with the vision. Thanks to advances in

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computing power and data collection. Now

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I know what you might be thinking. AI,

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isn't that for techies or the younger crowd?

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But stay with me. 1st, let's

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get rid of that scary sci fi image of robots

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taking over. Yes. AI is powerful,

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but it's essentially smart software.

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It learns from data, but it doesn't have a mind of its

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own. It's not about to walk out of your computer and

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steal your job. It's becoming a part

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of our everyday lives. Here's the thing.

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You're probably using bits of a AI every

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day and don't even realize it. Ever wonder

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how your email magically filters out

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spam or how Netflix knows

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that you'll love that cheesy show. It's

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AI. Your photos getting sorted by faces

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or maps finding the fastest route

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even with traffic. AI again,

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you don't have to be a tech genius to benefit. It's for

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everyone. Think of it like a supercharged

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assistant, always learning in the background.

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Honestly, AI has some serious potential to make

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our lives better. Now let's get practical for a

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minute. You want those old family recipes

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to be readable again? Well, snap a photo,

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and AI can trans transcribe the faded handwriting.

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Or maybe you're feeling overwhelmed by errands.

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AI can suggest the best time to hit the grocery store to

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avoid crowds. Even in the kitchen, it

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can help. If you are maybe struggling for dinner

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ideas based on what's in your fridge, AI can help with

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that. Maybe you want workouts tailored to

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you without a pricey trainer. AI

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can do it. So let's be honest. Some of

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us could use a digital assistant, and AI can

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fill that role. So here's a fun story.

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I got this smart vacuum, you know, one of those little robots

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that scoots across your house cleaning floors. Now I haven't

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named it yet, but I thought about naming it Rosie

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after the robot maid in The Jetsons. You remember The

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Jetsons. Right? But it's a perfect example

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of a practical, everyday use of AI,

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saving time and effort on a chore that none

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of us love doing. Well, I certainly don't.

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I know you're saying, okay, Valerie. That's

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great. But how can I use AI?

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Okay. Let me share a few ways that I use it.

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So think about organization. There are

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AI based apps out there that can help manage your calendar,

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sort your email, or even curate

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personalized meal plans. And for those of us who are looking

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to spark some creativity, there are writing

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aids, art generators, and music composition

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apps. But let me give you some specific

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examples to get you started. So for organization,

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try to doist, to do IST.

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Now this is one of my go to apps to stay organized. It

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really is. This is a to do list per se, but

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it's great for managing task with the help of AI.

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Or another app that I use is called Grammarly, grammarly,

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and it can help improve your writing, making sure that your

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message is clear and error free. And

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then for the learners that are out there, Duolingo,

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it uses AI to tailor language learning at

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your own pace. Then there's Spotify. I know we all

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know about Spotify. Well, Spotify employs AR

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to curate, personalized playlist and to

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recommend new songs based on your listing listening history,

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which kinda enhances that music experience. And

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there's Pinterest. I know we've all been on Pinterest at one time

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or another. Well, Pinterest uses AI to

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recommend pins and boards tailored to your interest,

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making it easier to discover new ideas and inspirations.

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Lately, I've been on Pinterest a lot as I'm trying to work through this

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home remodel. I'm on there looking for stuff for the

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kitchen and the bathroom, and it's cool because now it's

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picked up on that. So when I sign on, it's giving me recommendations.

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And then there's Waze. That's the app that I use for

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maps, but it's a r AI powered

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and it provides real time traffic updates,

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route suggestions, and alerts about road conditions,

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making driving safer and maybe more efficient.

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And there's one that's interesting. It's called RoboKiller. So it

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uses AI to block spam calls and protect users from

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phone scams by analyzing call patterns and

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blocking unwanted numbers. Now

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speaking of a creative assistant, there's a

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tool that I have to mention, and I'm sure you guys have all heard about

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it. It's Chat GPT by OpenAI.

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It's, a conversational AI that can

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write with you, brainstorm ideas, or just

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honestly simply chat about almost any topic

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under the sun. It's kinda like having a brainstorming

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buddy available 247, making it an

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excellent way for anyone to dip their toes into the world

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of AI. So I use chat g p t often.

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Okay. Let me be honest. I probably use it every day for something,

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but I've used it to help me with menus when I have no idea what

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to cook. I've used it for a meal plan. I

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think one day I asked it for a low carb meal plan,

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and it put together 1. I've used it for a workout plan.

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One time I was super busy, and so I added

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all that I had to do. And I asked asked it to help me

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with the schedule, and it did. We started my day, like,

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at 7, and I ended it maybe around

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8 PM. And so we allocated the

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time, of course, that I needed to work. But even breaks through my workout

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my work day, like, is there something I can fit in at noon or

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something I can fit in before work? And it helped me put together

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a schedule. Then sometimes when I'm writing, I'm a

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little wordy, and so I've actually used it to help me

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condense what I'm writing or even to brainstorm

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on topics. There's a free version of chat

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GPT. If you want to try it. Now

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you can always use it as the gospel. Now, sometimes

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AI has what they call hallucinations

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where it can create false information. So I

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wouldn't use it, like, to write a book, or do

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anything like that where maybe statistics are needed. And

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if you do make sure that you fact check,

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I've also used several other AI powered tools to

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help me with editing this podcast, but let's

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not get carried away. AI isn't perfect.

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It's not all sunshine and rainbows. AI is a powerful

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tool, and like any tool, it can be used for

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good or not so good. Remember that time that your bank

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maybe flagged suspicious activity and saved your savings?

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Well, scammers use AI too. They craft fake

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emails that are so real, they'd fool your mom or

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even you. Criminals can use AI to do

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voice clones or create realistic photos

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just to scam. I heard of an incident where

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they cloned a voice and called someone saying they

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were their grandson and

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they were in trouble and needed money. And so people have

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actually sent money to help who they thought was their

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grandchild or somebody else in the family.

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Sometimes AI, just like anything else, it ends up

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in the wrong hands, which is a reminder that being

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tech savvy is about staying aware,

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not just knowing how to swipe and tap.

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And let's address the elephant in the room. There's a lot of

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concern out there about AI, especially replacing

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human jobs. I have no magic ball, but I

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don't see that happening to the extreme of the

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conversations that I've heard. Remember,

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AI is a tool. It's one that can take our

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repetitive task or analyze data

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faster than we ever could, which then frees

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us up for more meaningful work. So friend

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or foe? I believe it's a friend, but

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actually, it's a bit of both. The key

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isn't fearing AI. It's understanding it and using

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it wisely. So when used

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responsibly, it can enhance our lives in

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countless ways. It's about understanding

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and engaging with AI. It's about using

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it and not letting it use us. We need to

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advocate for AI that works for us, not against

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us and stay in the driver's seat. Think of

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it as a tool, a powerful one, but it's up to

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us to decide how to use it.

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So how does AI show up in your life? Are you

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benefiting or you may be may be struggling?

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Because understanding AI isn't just about the future,

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it's about making our lives better right now.

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I hope today's episode has demystified AI a bit for

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you and maybe even spark some curiosity.

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AI isn't just for the young or the tech obsessed. It's

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for all of us offering opportunities to simply task

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or to simplify tasks to enhance

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creativity and even tackle big

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challenges. As always, I'd love to hear your

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thoughts. Have you had an interesting encounter

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with AI? Are there concerns that you'd like to discuss

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further? Let's keep the conversation going.

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Thank you so much for joining me for 5 to Thrive Tuesday. If you

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Until next time, let's continue to age with grace,

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style, and a touch of sass.

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