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The Lex Fridman Reading List for 2023 as Book Reviews

While Lex Fridman is busy reading books the old-fashioned way, we are doing the opposite we are writing book reviews without reading a word from this

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·Jan 3, 2023·

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How are we doing book reviews from this enormous reading list without reading any of these books? Answer, ChatGPT and the power of Ai tools in 2023. A reference to the Tweet that started this Series. Subscribe and join us on this journey in 2023.

Anyone here have the time to read all these books, one book per week?

What is the Solution? Answer, ChatGPT and leveraging Ai tools to cut to the chase and get the data that you need without spending hours on a task. Use the Ai tools to enhance quality of life, add efficiencies, reduce wasted time and write better.

So the journey begins with 1984 by George Orwell in Week 1.

write a 300 word book review of 1984 by George Orwell for a graduate level audience citing 5 references in Vancouver style

It begins by asking the right questions with enough details and instructions that can be followed to your specifications to write the content. ChatGPT is a language model trained by OpenAI. It has limitations and does not have plans to take over the world. For example, the training only extends til 2021.

what will happen in 2023?

Its response.

"I'm sorry, but I am a large language model trained by OpenAI and don't have any knowledge about the future.

I'm not able to browse the internet or access any information about current events, so I can only provide information and answer questions based on what I was trained on, which was up until 2021.

Is there anything else I can help you with?"

An Ai with limitations and constrictions. What happens when this technology is no longer tied to a restricted time frame and can browse the internet? That is when things will get even more interesting.

The output of the original question on writing a book review.

1984, written by George Orwell, is a dystopian novel that serves as a warning about the dangers of totalitarianism. The story takes place in a future society where the government, led by Big Brother, controls every aspect of citizens' lives and manipulates the truth to maintain power.

One of the most notable aspects of the novel is its portrayed of the government's use of language as a tool of control. Newspeak, the official language of the society, is designed to limit the ability to think critically and express dissent. The Party's control of language is exemplified through the character of Winston, who works in the Ministry of Truth where he is responsible for rewriting history to align with the Party's narrative.

Another striking element of the novel is its portrayal of the government's use of surveillance to maintain control. The telescreens, which are present in every home and workplace, allow the Party to monitor citizens' actions and thoughts at all times. This constant surveillance serves as a reminder that there is no privacy in this society and that individuals are always being watched.

The character of Winston is a particularly interesting aspect of the novel, as he represents the individual's struggle against the oppressive government. His affair with Julia serves as a symbol of his desire for freedom and rebellion against the Party. However, his ultimate submission to the Party serves as a cautionary tale about the power of the government to break the human spirit.

Overall, 1984 is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that serves as a warning about the dangers of totalitarianism. Its portrayal of a society in which truth is constantly manipulated and individuals are constantly monitored is a reminder of the importance of freedom and democracy. The character of Winston and his struggle against the government provide a compelling and poignant exploration of the human desire for autonomy and self-determination. (Orwell, George. 1984. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1949; Williams, Raymond. "1984: Its Background and Its Significance." In George Orwell: The Road to 1984, edited by Peter Stansky and William Abrahams, 125-153. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1983; Taylor, D. J. "The Road to 1984: An Exploration of the Background to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four." In George Orwell: The Road to 1984, edited by Peter Stansky and William Abrahams, 1-24. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1983; Selinger, Bernard. "Orwell's 1984: Its Impending Impact on Contemporary Political and Social Thought." The Political Quarterly 54, no. 2 (1983): 191-203; O'Brien, Conor Cruise. "Orwell and 1984." The New York Review of Books, June 21, 1984.)

Overall a coherent article, but with some formatting issues to be dealt with. So more instructions to clean up the last paragraph.

rewrite last paragraph with references as bullet points

Success in the second attempt with the last paragraph. With only one Grammarly correction alert and that was to do with "exemplified vs is exemplified".

Overall, 1984 is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that serves as a warning about the dangers of totalitarianism. Its portrayal of a society in which truth is constantly manipulated and individuals are constantly monitored is a reminder of the importance of freedom and democracy.

Some notable elements of the novel include:

  • The government's use of language as a tool of control, exemplified through the character of Winston and the concept of Newspeak

  • The government's use of surveillance to maintain control, exemplified through the telescreens

  • The character of Winston and his struggle against the government, which serves as a poignant exploration of the human desire for autonomy and self-determination

References:

  • Orwell, George. 1984. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1949

  • Williams, Raymond. "1984: Its Background and Its Significance." In George Orwell: The Road to 1984, edited by Peter Stansky and William Abrahams, 125-153. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1983

  • Taylor, D. J. "The Road to 1984: An Exploration of the Background to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four." In George Orwell: The Road to 1984, edited by Peter Stansky and William Abrahams, 1-24. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1983

  • Selinger, Bernard. "Orwell's 1984: Its Impending Impact on Contemporary Political and Social Thought." The Political Quarterly 54, no. 2 (1983): 191-203

  • O'Brien, Conor Cruise. "Orwell and 1984." The New York Review of Books, June 21, 1984.

Can you find any other faults with the writing with knowing if was generated by an Ai language model? These tools mark the Evolution of the Species. Not an Extinction Level Event, but an Evolution of Writing and Writers. Just as the Internet did not make Writers redundant, but created more Writers and more Content, so too with this newest type of Ai Technology. It will be an Evolution of Writing into something new. Stay tuned for more posts in this Series.

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