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"Zero-Slag" Language - Sprache ohne Schlacke

The best insight participants could have after these two days: Knowing how to formulate good prompts is important but it’s not Chat GPT (or any other AI tool) that is going to solve our fundamentally human problems at work.


I am not sure how this feels for you but I am by now getting annoyed – or rather disappointed – when people send me Chat GPT-generated recommendation lists. I cannot connect with the person behind the flawless AI-generated tone that I increasingly encounter in work emails, on websites, in ads, newsletters, articles, papers, videos and books. And even if the language is “perfect“ and grammar mistakes belong to the past, it often reduces the credibility of or my interest in “the sender“.


Back to my workshop group. I have realised once more that learners‘ insights to a large extent depend on the facilitator’s message. Do we advise them to give Chat GPT a fictitious tip or do we tell them to connect with their audience first and then make use of AI to come up with an authentic story that appeals to real people?

It seems to me that over our enthusiasm for - or pressure put by - technology we seem to forget that we are still people. And that communicating, collaborating and solving problems with other people is still a social act. Mastering this social act (face to face or online) asks for lifelong practice and in my opinion has become even more important since the advent of AI.


I heard such a wonderful sentence this morning and I’d like to end my reflection with it: “When you read Kafka, it’s like taking in “zero-slag“ language. Something we can hardly find anymore.“


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