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Startup / Eight founders conquer entrepreneurial challenges
« on: Yesterday at 04:41:32 PM »
Eight founders conquer entrepreneurial challenges

I. Future Startup Interview: Amir Salihefendic, Founder and CEO, Doist
Amir Salihefendic is the founder and CEO of Doist — the company behind popular productivity and work apps Todoist, one of the world’s most popular productivity tools used by millions of people, and Twist, an async work communication app that helps remote-friendly teams run an organized, transparent, and balanced workplace.

Amir was born in Bosnia where he spent the early few years of his childhood. His family fled war-torn Bosnia for Denmark. Amir grew up in rural Denmark and studied computer science at Aarhus Univeristet in Aarhus, Denmark. Prior to starting Doist, Amir was part of the founding team of Plurk, a social networking site before Twitter that continues to be one of the popular social networking sites in Asia. Before that, he created, built, and sold a successful spell-checking service, one of his many side projects. A passionate creator, Amir created Todoist in 2007 to manage his own tasks. At the time, he was still a university student juggling multiple programming jobs and side projects on the side. Todoist quickly gained popularity and the rest is history. Over the years, Amir and his team have built a distinct company that is well-known for its remote-first operation, excellent culture, and great products.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Amir about his journey, all things Doist, remote work, building products and organizations, personal productivity, company culture, and life. We talk about his early life and the impact of war, the influence of his parents on him,  his parenting style as a father of three small children, how living in multiple countries has changed his view about the world and humanity, how technology has changed our world and why our struggle is sometimes useful to make us resilient, ambition as a hedge against complacency and despair, we delve into the origin story of Doist, the upsides of adopting a creation mindset, the secrets behind the growth of Todoist, his views about the changing world of work, the state of Doist today, and ambition going forward, we explore company culture, the idea of mastery and craftsmanship, finding the right people, and reflect on why life so special and much more.

I had an excellent time speaking with Amir. I hope you enjoy reading the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

II. Future Startup Interview: Abdullah Al-Rezwan, Founder, MBI Deep Dives
Abdullah Al-Rezwan is a Bangladeshi-born US-based business analyst and entrepreneur. He is the founder and author of MBI Deep Dives, a subscription-based newsletter/website that provides in-depth research on publicly-listed companies, primarily those listed in the US. MBI Deep Dives runs on a simple model — one deep dive per month on a company of MBI’s choosing, which contains the full spectrum of both quantitative and qualitative research, including financial modeling to help readers better understand the sensitivity of variables and expectations embedded in the stock price. Rezwan, who goes by the alias "Mostly Borrowed Ideas (MBI)" on Twitter, has gained a broad following among the investment and business community in the US and beyond for his "superb insight".

Before starting MBI Deep Dives, Rezwan worked as a generalist at Madison Investments on their US large-cap team, where he covered a wide range of companies, from UnitedHealth to Amazon and Boeing. Prior to that, he worked for three and a half years in Bangladesh after his graduation from Dhaka University, covering the financial sector in sell-side Equity Research before pursuing his MBA at Cornell in the US.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Rezwan. We discuss a wide-range of topics including (but not limited to) his personal journey to what he is doing, how his upbringing and early life experiences have shaped him, the creation of MBI Deep Dives, what it means to be internally driven, the critical importance of high pain tolerance for entrepreneurs and creatives, we delve into the power of the internet, the rise of the pseudonymous economy, the impact of the social media platforms, the state of internet culture in Bangladesh, and what it takes to build a vibrant entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem, we go deep into his approach to writing and running MBI Deep Dives, the state of the newsletter, and his ambition for its future, the upsides and challenges of working solo, his approach to work and productivity, and the future of the media business and we reflect on the nature of conviction and belongingness, the importance of finding and following your interests, his favorite podcasts, and the importance of finding joy in your work and much more.

III. The rise of LCP and the business of management consulting with LightCastle Partners CEO Bijon Islam
Bijon Islam is the co-founder and CEO of LightCatsle Partners (LCP), a Dhaka-based management consulting firm that has experienced a consistent rise over the last several years. Started as a small operation, LCP is now often referred to as McKinsey of Bangladesh, and rightly so.

We covered LCP a fair bit in its early days, including an interview with LCP co-founder and Managing Director Ivdav Ahmed Khan Mojlish in 2018. Between 2018 and 2022, LCP experienced phenomenal growth, going from a small team to an important player in Dhaka’s fast-growing consulting scene. Today, LCP is a completely different company with an expansive ambition to build a global consulting company out of Bangladesh.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Bijon. We talk about a wide range of topics including the evolution of LCP, secrets behind LCP’s phenomenal growth, LCP’s business today and ambition going forward, how LCP operates as a company, what are the major challenges for the company, culture at LCP, the business of consulting, consulting and research market in Bangladesh, we discuss his approach to work and productivity, lessons from his journey and much more. This is a brilliant read. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

IV. Online pharmacy, entrepreneurship, and life lessons with Azra Salim, Founder, Shombhob Health
Azra Salim is the founder and CEO of online pharmacy and healthcare startup Shombhob Health. Prior to starting Shombhob Health, Ms. Azra worked in senior leadership positions in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Bangladesh. Before that, she worked in the US for several years where she worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 Companies.

In this fascinating conversation with Ms. Azra, we cover her personal history, her journey to what she is doing today, her path to entrepreneurship and starting Shombhob Health, the state of Shombhob’s business and operation today, online pharmacy thesis, Shombhob’s ambition going forward, her work regimen, her realizations about work and life and much more. This is a brilliant read. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

V. Mohan Belani on the making of E27, the future of media business, the importance of trying things, great founders, and a good life
Mohan Belani is the founder and CEO of E27, a Singapore-based Pan-Asia tech ecosystem platform. Mohan and his team have built a Pan-Asia ecosystem platform at a time when the media business is considered one of the most challenging verticals. From a small team of four, E27 today is a team of close to 30 people and has grown to become a leading business matching and tech ecosystem platform for startups, corporates, and investors in Southeast Asia.

This conversation with Mohan is one of my best interviews in recent times. It is raw, sublime, retrospective, and full of directional insights. We talk about Mohan’s journey to what he is doing today, how E27 came into being, the early days of the company, the trial and tribulations of the early days, his lessons from those days, the state of E27 today, and the ambition going forward, building media companies in today’s environment, future of media business, his takes on what makes a great founder, self-reflection as a personal growth strategy, life as a journey of making meaning, life-changing books, why leaving our ego is important for our work and growth and much more.

VI. Building a global software company out of Bangladesh: An Interview With Parvez Akhter, Founder, ThemeXpert and ThriveDesk
Parvez Akhter is the Founder and CEO of ThemeXpert and ThriveDesk. Mr. Parvez is a serial entrepreneur. A self-taught programmer, he founded his first company when he was in college along with three of his friends. Naturally, the company didn’t survive its young founders. Mr. Akhter moved to freelance and then went to Malaysia to pursue a degree in computer science while freelancing and building his second business ThemeXpert on the side. A while into his CSE program, he realized he basically doesn’t need a CSE degree. The next thing, he drops out of University, comes back to Bangladesh, and officially launches ThemeXpert, a company that builds premium responsive Joomla templates, and extensions for global customers.

ThemeXpert, a bootstrapped company through and through, didn't take long to find a path to growth. A few years into the business, ThemeXpert launched its first no-code/low-code drag-and-drop website/page builder Quix, which has since crossed 100,000 installations. It is one of the most popular Joomla page builders in the world.

Mr. Parvez is currently working on his third act. He and his team are building an all-in-one customer support management platform called ThriveDesk, targeting startups and small-medium-size companies. 

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Parvez. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation.

We talk about his journey to entrepreneurship, the making of ThemeXpert, the business of themes, templates, and plugins, ThriveDesk and its ambition, his entrepreneurship lessons, culture, management, mistakes founders should avoid, what it takes to build a successful company, and much more. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

VII. Future Startup Interview: Zareen Mahmud Hosein, Founding Partner, Snehasish Mahmud & Co, and Founder, Cholpori
Zareen Mahmud Hosein
is a Dhaka-based successful serial entrepreneur, with a range of impressive initiatives across sectors. She started her entrepreneurial journey as a Founding Partner at Snehasish Mahmud & Co, one of Bangladesh's top audit, tax, and consulting services firms, and has helped to drive the company's success. She is also the Co-founder of Cholpori, an edtech company focused on transforming K-5 education in Bangladesh, and HerStory Foundation, a publishing and content company dedicated to empowering women and promoting girls' education.

Ms. Zareen's impressive career has been shaped by a wealth of experiences, including her fascinating upbringing, and her training at Smith College in the US. Before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey, she worked as a Vice President of Finance at Newton International, a start-up training and education organization where she helped set up the business, and as a Manager of Audit & Consulting at ACNABIN Chartered Accountants, one of the largest accounting firms in Bangladesh. She began her career in the US, working in the Corporate Tax Division at KPMG LLP.

Recently, I had an opportunity to interview Ms. Zareen about her personal journey and her work. We talked about her background and formative years, her experiences in the US, her path to entrepreneurship, and her experience of building several ventures. We discussed the founding and making of Snehasish Mahmud & Co, how HerStory Foundation came into being, and her passion for education and her ambitions for her latest venture Cholpori. We reflected on lessons from her journey so far, her approach to work and productivity, the incredible importance of practicing kindness and why we should actively cherish our life, and much more. The entire interview is a fascinating read. I am delighted to share it with you.

VIII. Rayana Hossain on growing ISHO, designing organizational dynamism, furniture business, and upsides of being yourself
Rayana Hossain is the founder and CEO of ISHO, a Dhaka-based furniture brand. From a humble beginning, ISHO has grown to become one of the fastest-growing furniture brands in Bangladesh. The company claims to be the number one online furniture brand in the country and is now eyeing expansion beyond Bangladesh.

ISHO is a fascinating company. Achieving fast growth is not the only thing that separates the company, ISHO has built an equally fascinating organization over the years. And companies and founders would be wise to pay attention to the emerging furniture behemoth in Dhaka.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Ms. Rayana. We talk about the evolution of ISHO, what separates ISHO from other local and global furniture brands, the dynamics of the furniture business, how ISHO has built a culture of relentless dynamism, secrets behind ISHO's excellent growth, her approach to work and leadership, and how building ISHO from scratch has changed her as a founder, her thoughts on design and organization, the ambition of ISHO going forward, why a constant outward-looking orientation can limit our growth, and much more.


Prompts Engineering / 6 ChatGPT Prompts for Text Analysis
« on: June 03, 2023, 11:09:36 AM »
6 ChatGPT Prompts for Text Analysis

ChatGPT can analyze content, not just produce it. What follows are six ChatGPT prompts to improve text for search engine optimization and social media.

6 Prompts for Text Analysis

“Extract SEO keywords from [TEXT].” ChatGPT can quickly identify optimized keyword phrases from any post.

But don’t stop there. Ask:

“How did you identify these keywords?”
“What is the frequency for each keyword in the text?”
“Identify long-tail keywords in the text and their frequency.”
“Classify those keywords by search intent and frequency.”
“This is another post on the same topic: [TEXT]. Which keywords are missing based on your previous analysis?”
“Which of the above posts is better and why?”
“For both posts, extract and compare keywords from subheadings. Which subheadings are better optimized?”
Keep interacting with the tool until its responses lose meaning. Some responses may provide ideas for more prompts. You’ll likely garner many ideas on improving your pages.

“Create a semantic analysis of my competitor’s content: [TEXT].” Semantic analysis extracts meaning from text by understanding the relationships between words and their context. Google uses semantic analysis to assign organic rankings.

I have been prompting ChatGPT to suggest what my articles should include or focus on. A helpful prompt is “Extract semantic concepts and entities from [TEXT].”

To understand why a post is not ranking well for a query, ask ChatGPT to compare semantically a higher-ranking page to yours: “Compare the previous article to [TEXT]. Are they semantically close?”

You can even request a comparison table: “Compare the previous two articles and create a table listing common and missing semantic concepts and entities.” From that prompt, ChatGPT created a table listing the semantic concepts it could identify in each article.

This output was useful but not too readable. So I requested a better visual using checkmarks and red X’s.

Engage with ChatGPT until it generates the right result. If a result is not helpful, tell ChatGPT. The tool will follow your revised instructions and react accordingly.

“What prompt will generate similar quality and tone as [TEXT]?” Asking ChatGPT to reverse engineer a post will result in other helpful prompts.

“Analyze this article [TEXT] and generate Q&As, takeaways, and an editable comparison table.” Improving your (or your contributor’s) content using ChatGPT could help the page to get featured, rank in “People also ask” boxes, and earn FAQ rich snippets.

“Create a shorter version of [TEXT] for Linkedin and Medium that entices followers on those platforms to click through and read the original.”

Syndicating content to external sites such as Medium and Linkedin can engage followers, but copying and pasting entire articles create duplicate content. ChatGPT makes it easy to repurpose content for followers and encourages them to read the full version on your site.

“Create 10 posts from [TEXT] for Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, and Twitter that entice followers to click the link to read the article.”

Writing click-worthy posts for social media can be time-consuming. ChatGPT can do the job quickly. It can even add hashtags when prompted. You need only to add the URL. In my testing, longer prompts can result in ChatGPT losing the request and, instead, offering a summary or analysis. In these cases, follow up with shortened, direct requests.


ChatGPT / Effective assessment practices for a ChatGPT-enabled world
« on: June 01, 2023, 03:22:41 PM »
Effective assessment practices for a ChatGPT-enabled world

ChatGPT can provide step-by-step solutions to mathematical problems, write code and generate lesson plans, draft emails and produce stories, music lyrics and social media posts. Therefore, it is not surprising that many in academia are excited about the potential positive influence of ChatGPT on productivity and efficiency.

On the other hand, ChatGPT has triggered a lot of debate around integrity issues in higher education, including concerns about plagiarism and cheating in and outside the classroom. AI models designed for plagiarism detection are being developed. However, this problem naturally leads to an increase in faculty workload to deal with challenges in detecting AI usage in their students’ work. Also, beyond modifying their course syllabus, instructors will need to be trained on new assessment practices in response to students’ exposure to and usage of ChatGPT.

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There is a third path: generating ideas for meaningful and innovative assessment methods for instructors, while also embracing the advancement of large language models. Based on a synthesis of recently published papers and other web sources, this article offers practical suggestions on assessment methods that instructors can consider using in their courses.

Assessment practices to enhance learning
First, given that ChatGPT tends to generate high-level and generic text due to its training mechanism, if we want to work with it (or at least accept its presence) and maintain academic integrity, we need to consider using authentic and personalised assessment methods in courses. These methods include using real-life examples and contextually specific situations that are meaningful to individual students.

Set personalised, complex or topical tasks
Instructors may ask students to include their personal experience or perspectives in their writing. Students can also be asked to conduct analysis that draws on specific class discussions. Another way to promote this type of assessment method is to give students complex instructions that involve long texts that do not fit a typical ChatGPT prompt or to ask students to write about the most recent events that are not necessarily reflected in the data used to train the language model.

Consider options that are not text-based
Alternatives to essay-based assessment also need to be further explored. These methods can include using (impromptu) video presentations for assessments or using other digital forms such as animations.

Tap into students’ thoughts, reflections and process
Through self-assessment or reflective writing, students could discuss their writing or thinking process. Additionally, peer evaluations or interactive assessment activities could be integrated into grading by engaging students in group discussions or other activities such as research and analysis in which students are expected to co-construct knowledge and apply certain skills. Instructors may consider placing an emphasis on assessing the process of learning rather than the outcome. Instead of grading a final writing product alone, instructors could grade multiple drafts and assess how a student’s writing improved.

Assess critical thinking and avoid formulas
In addition to its ability to write college-level essays, ChatGPT allows students to quite easily find answers (albeit not necessarily accurate ones) to coding assignments and physics problems, for example. Thus, assessments that are formulaic need to be avoided. Instead, instructors could use assessments that are open-ended or encourage students to demonstrate originality and creativity in their performance. Creating original ideas or research questions can be one such example. Considering these aspects, it is crucial to find ways to assess students’ deep, sophisticated and critical-thinking skills. Some example assessment methods include asking students to critique papers (or even text output generated by ChatGPT) or build logical arguments with appropriate reasoning skills and create a concept map or diagram to demonstrate a deep understanding of a topic and its knowledge structure.

Take advantage of AI’s shortcomings
One of the limitations of the current version of ChatGPT is that it does not provide appropriate sources and quotations in its text output. Instructors may use this as an opportunity to engage students in writing practices focused on correcting factual errors and locating accurate data sources. Students can also be asked to cite and reference the work of others accurately and properly by using in-text citations or including bibliography at the end of their writing product.

Beyond learning the mechanics of writing, instructors could ask students to critique a piece of writing generated by ChatGPT through analysing and interpreting how it conveys an idea and assessing its strengths and weaknesses in terms of readability, credibility, comprehensiveness, accuracy and so on.

Ask ChatGPT to design assessment
Lastly, instructors can use ChatGPT as a supplemental tool for designing assessment activities. Instructors may ask detailed and specific prompts of ChatGPT to generate a rubric for grading students’ knowledge and skills, create multiple-choice quiz questions or come up with group discussion questions about course topics. However, when using these sources, it would be important to ensure they are accurate and to check how the information presented can be interpreted or if it contains any biased views.

The takeaway? Focus on meaningful, student-focused tasks
Ongoing discussions about assessment methods in light of the growing influence of generative AI such as ChatGPT remind us to adopt more student-centric assessments that can create meaningful learning opportunities for individual students. Design assessments that can provide students with ample scope to apply their skills to analyse ideas and integrate concepts in order to deepen their knowledge.

Beyond assessing these cognitive skills, how to incorporate assessments of non-cognitive skills such as collaboration, communication and leadership into classroom learning needs further discussion. That is, instead of emphasising skills that are traditionally measured by standardised or psychometric tests on which AI can perform very well, we should emphasise skills that are useful and meaningful for human learning.

Tools such as ChatGPT do not necessarily generate factual information. Rather, they produce pieces based on the probability of potential relationships between words. Depending on the questions asked, the outputs generated by ChatGPT may be incorrect, outdated or illogical. It has a limited understanding of context, can potentially generate offensive or harmful content, has limited ability to fact-check or verify information, lacks empathy and has limited knowledge on certain topics (especially if the subject matter is complex). In such case, instructors must caution students about the limitations of such tools and encourage them to compare the outputs with other reliable sources to prevent the spread of misinformation and misconceptions.


ChatGPT / 9 Ways ChatGPT Can Massively Improve Your Productivity
« on: May 31, 2023, 09:51:15 AM »
9 Ways ChatGPT Can Massively Improve Your Productivity

From drafting emails, translating phrases, to creating day plans and brainstorming ideas, here are 9 ways ChatGPT can improve your productivity. ChatGPT, one of the most popular AI-powered language processing tools, can help users improve their productivity. Even in the digital age, people do too many mundane tasks throughout their day, some of which might take a lot of time. With tools like ChatGPT, people can get a head start on certain tasks, like translation, drafting an email, and so on.

Using ChatGPT for such tasks can dramatically reduce completion time. For instance, writing an email requesting a leave could take a few minutes, but ChatGPT can do this in seconds. The the AI-powered tool can also come up with responses instantly for topics you might spend forever browsing Google to find out about. Here are a few ways ChatGPT can help users increase their productivity.

Ask ChatGPT To Plan Your Day
Most people struggle to plan their day. It doesn't matter whether they're attending a college lecture or an office meeting, planning the day helps to improve productivity, and ChatGPT can do that. Users should provide the chatbot with certain details, such as their daily goals, how much time they wish to allocate to a task, or whether they have a personal engagement that needs attending to, and ChatGPT can create an excellent schedule for them.

Once the chatbot gets going, it describes everything from when users should start working to the breaks they should take. By default, ChatGPT responds in a paragraph. However, users can ask it to convert the schedule to a table. If users don't like the results, they can also prompt it to make amendments.

Use It For Quick Translations
ChatGPT can understand several languages, including English, German, French, and Spanish. Hence, if users come across a phrase or a sentence in another language, they can copy it, paste it into the tool's text field and ask to translate it. Users who don't recognize the phrase's language can simply ask the tool to identify it. In addition, ChatGPT can compose messages in different languages. The image above shows how users can explain what they wish to write in a message and then ask ChatGPT to write notes in another language.

ChatGPT Can Help You With Quick Emails
Writing emails is an everyday task for a working individual. Whether the email is addressed to their company's HR or their boss, people spend some time ensuring it is well-written. Well, ChatGPT can write any email within seconds. In this case, users should provide the chatbot with details such as the email's subject, whom they are writing it to, and any other information.

The chatbot responds by providing an email template that can be used with minimal changes. Of course, it leaves spaces for names, dates, or other details that users must mention. Moreover, drafting emails through ChatGPT saves a lot of time.

Generate Social Media Content
Social media influencing is emerging as a popular career. However, it requires a rigorous amount of planning and scheduling, something that ChatGPT excels at. With some context, ChatGPT can also help with content planning. Using the AI tool, users can generate informative captions, blog posts, pointers for presentation slides, and descriptions.

In addition, video creators can use the tool's language processing skills to generate scripts for both short and long-format content. Social media managers can also deploy the chatbot for getting campaign ideas.

Change Text To A Specific Style
OpenAI has trained ChatGPT on a vast database. The language model can not only understand what one says but also distinguish between tone and style. For instance, the chatbot can write a message in a formal or friendly manner. Similarly, it can simplify a piece of scientific text and even explain it like talking to a five-year-old kid.

Hence, if users need to change how a particular email, message, or press article sounds, they can run it through ChatGPT, input the required style, and get the results in no time. Other examples include changing a formal speech to a lively one with punch lines, writing something while pretending to be a particular character from a movie, and so on.

Use The AI Chatbot Instead Of Google To Get Quick Information
Countless academic courses, jobs, or businesses require users to conduct hundreds of Google searches daily. They might want to know what inflation means, what is a content management system, or how an automated billing machine work. Although Google can help users, searching for these, or any other terms, could trigger unnecessary advertisements that can distract users or break their flow.

On the contrary, ChatGPT has a relatively simple interface that allows users to explore different topics, issues, and queries without ads or other recommended content. Most recently, ChatGPT has also gained access to real-time search data through Microsoft's Bing, meaning it should be up-to-date with new information.

ChatGPT Can Help You Brainstorm Ideas
To be productive, users need to get ideas in time, and that is where ChatGPT can assist them. The AI-powered tool is excellent at brainstorming ideas and helping users get started with their work. So whether it's coming up with a new name for a product, getting Midjourney prompts, design ideas, or elaborating on a concept, ChatGPT can be helpful.

Summarize Large Reports
This is yet another use case that benefits students and professionals alike, helping them boost their productivity ahead of others. While writing a research paper or after conducting a meeting, people are often asked to summarize the entire thing into key points. However, going through the whole paper or meeting transcript could be a lot of work, especially in a time crunch.

This is where ChatGPT enters the game. Users can copy and paste large texts and summarize them within a few moments. Screen Rant asked ChatGPT to summarize an article about the Google I/O 2023, where the company released three new products and several AI-powered features, and the tool summarized it well. It helps if users have some idea about the text, but even otherwise, ChatGPT picks up the gist most of the time.

If You're A Coder, ChatGPT Can Help You Fix Things
Like other languages, ChatGPT is equipped with an understanding of programming languages. Hence, coders can use it to detect errors, bugs, and suggestions for improvement, which could otherwise take a lot of time and effort. ChatGPT says it knows several languages, including Python, JavaScript, Java, C++, Ruby, and more. It is important to note that coders should use the AI-powered tool to review and rectify mistakes rather than entirely relying on it to generate code from scratch.


AI Tools / Ten Generative AI Tools Used for Startups
« on: May 28, 2023, 09:36:25 AM »
Ten Generative AI Tools Used for Startups

Revolutionizing Startups with AI: Discover the Top Ten Generative AI Tools
Generative AI tools have revolutionized the way startups operate and innovate across various industries. These cutting-edge technologies leverage advanced language models and neural networks to generate text, code, images, and even videos. In this blog, we will explore ten powerful generative AI tools used for startups,  providing them with creative and efficient solutions. So, without further delay, let us explore these ten generative AI tools used for startups.

GPT-4 by OpenAI:
GPT-4 is OpenAI’s latest language model, boasting enhanced creativity, accuracy, stability, and safety compared to its predecessors. With its large multimodal architecture, GPT-4 accepts both image and text inputs, making it a versatile tool for startups. Although it’s currently available through an API waitlist, startups can benefit from the publicly accessible ChatGPT Plus. GPT-4 has been extensively trained, demonstrating remarkable performance on standardized exams such as the bar exam and AP tests. However, bias in outputs and the lack of image input availability are notable limitations.

GitHub Copilot by Microsoft:
GitHub Copilot, a collaboration between OpenAI and Microsoft, revolutionizes coding by transforming natural language prompts into code recommendations. Utilizing the vast amount of code in public repositories, GitHub Copilot provides coding suggestions for multiple programming languages, particularly JavaScript. While it excels in generating code suggestions, its support for new APIs, frameworks, or libraries is limited. The tool is available as an extension for popular integrated development environments (IDEs) and offers individual and business packages.

AlphaCode by DeepMind:
AlphaCode, developed by DeepMind, is a powerful generative AI tool designed for problem-solving and coding tasks. With its transformer-based language model, AlphaCode has been trained in various programming languages, excelling in Python and C++. Through extensive pre-training on GitHub repositories and code contests, AlphaCode can solve complex problems similar to human programmers. While it has outperformed its competition in coding competitions, it still falls short of human programmers in some scenarios. AlphaCode is freely accessible on GitHub, making it a valuable resource for startups seeking AI-powered coding solutions.

ChatGPT is a large language model developed by OpenAI based on the GPT-3.5 architecture. It has been trained on a vast amount of text data, allowing it to generate coherent and relevant responses to a wide range of queries. Startups have benefited from ChatGPT’s ability to automate customer service and support, enabling them to provide round-the-clock assistance without the need for a large customer service team. For example, Swiggy, an Indian food delivery startup, has used ChatGPT to improve its customer support and reduce response times, leading to increased customer satisfaction and retention.

BARD by Google:
Bard, developed by Google, is an AI chatbot and content generation tool built on the Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA). It has been instrumental in assisting startups by providing advanced conversational capabilities. Startups have leveraged Bard to enhance customer support, content creation, and software development tasks. For instance, Robin AI, a virtual assistant startup, has utilized Bard to improve its customer interactions and generate high-quality responses. Bard’s intelligent and context-aware dialogue generation has empowered startups to deliver personalized and engaging experiences to their users, fostering customer satisfaction and business growth.

DALL-E, created by OpenAI, is an image and art generation AI tool that has made a significant impact on startups. By enabling startups to generate custom images based on natural language prompts, DALL-E has facilitated creative content creation and visual storytelling. Startups in various industries, such as advertising, design, and e-commerce, have harnessed the power of DALL-E to produce compelling visuals for marketing campaigns, product showcases, and branding materials. This has not only saved time and resources but has also allowed startups to create unique and visually appealing content that resonates with their target audience, fostering brand recognition and engagement.

Cohere Generate by Cohere:
Cohere Generate is a language AI platform developed by Cohere, a company backed by Open AI. It enables startups and businesses to create high-quality and customized text content at scale, reducing the time and effort required for manual content creation. It uses natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to generate content that aligns with the brand’s voice and tone. This tool helps startups to optimize their content marketing efforts, reach their target audience, and improve their overall online presence.

Synthesia is an innovative video synthesis platform that has significantly aided startups in their video production efforts. It employs AI technology to create realistic and customizable videos by merging facial expressions and lip movements of a human actor with the audio, eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming video shoots. Startups can leverage Synthesia to produce personalized video content at scale, enhancing their marketing campaigns, product demonstrations, and customer onboarding processes. For instance, startups can create localized videos in multiple languages or generate dynamic video ads with minimal effort. Synthesia empowers startups to convey their messages effectively while reducing production costs, enabling them to reach a wider audience and drive business growth.

Claude by Anthropic:
Claude is an AI language model developed by Anthropic, a UK-based AI startup. It is designed to be more environmentally friendly than traditional language models, consuming 10 times less energy to train and run. Claude’s architecture is also built to be more interpretable, allowing developers to better understand its decision-making processes. This has helped startups that require AI language models but have concerns over the environmental impact of large-scale training.

StyleGAN is a breakthrough technology that generates realistic and high-quality images using deep learning algorithms. It has significantly aided startups in various ways. For instance, startups in the fashion industry can leverage StyleGAN to create virtual try-on experiences, allowing customers to visualize how clothes or accessories would look on them without physically trying them on. Additionally, startups in the gaming sector can utilize StyleGAN to generate lifelike characters and immersive environments, enhancing the overall gaming experience. Its ability to produce visually appealing content has made StyleGAN a valuable tool for startups across multiple industries.


Control Cyber security Risks / Protect yourself from new scams
« on: May 28, 2023, 09:23:33 AM »
Protect yourself from new scams

Employment scams
Scammers pose as a potential employer for an exclusively online or remote job. They will ask you to purchase computers and office equipment with the promise of reimbursement or claim to have overpaid you for your work. Reimbursements and overpayments will be reversed, leaving you responsible for the funds.

Payment scams
Scammers often provide customers with illegitimate bank information, offering to pay off your credit card balance—and possibly asking for gift cards or cash in return. But the payment is frequently reversed, leaving you responsible for the entire credit card balance.

Impersonating Some Bank
Scammers will try to pose as some Bank or Financial Institute  and ask you to provide your personal information or even transfer money by phone, text or email. In this process, the scammer is attempting to gain access to your account.

Social media marketplace scams
Scammers are placing ads on social media marketplaces for selling goods and services. Often, these deals require the customers to pay in advance. Once you pay the scammers, you won’t be able to get in touch with them again.

Tips to protect yourself and your family

  • Don’t click on anything in an unsolicited email or text message asking you to update or verify account information. Look up the company’s phone number from a legitimate source—don’t use the one a potential scammer is providing—and call the company to ask if the request is authentic.

    • When in doubt, call at the number listed on the back of your credit card. You can also call the number listed on your credit card statements. Consider turning on activity notifications in the Respective Bank or their Mobile app and report any suspicious activity as soon as possible.

Digital skills need updating at least monthly, say 6 in 10 professionals

Econsultancy’s latest survey shows that for many organisations, adding digital skills has become a continuous assignment.

Digital skills need adding or updating at least on a monthly basis, according to the majority (57%) of respondents in Econsultancy’s latest survey report. When Econsultancy last carried out this research in 2019, the picture was very different. Then, the need to update skills even quarterly (or more frequently) was only identified by a third of respondents. In 2023, that figure has risen to 83%.

Report author, Econsultancy’s SVP Learning, Stefan Tornquist, writes, “Added to the number of new disciplines [in marketing, ecommerce and customer experience] is the increasing pressure on digital professionals to understand the mechanics of their trade: how the technology they use can be applied and what becomes possible as it evolves. This represents a new level of technical skill that was not required even a decade ago.”

Almost 1,500 professionals were surveyed in Q1 of 2023 across Econsultancy, Marketing Week and third-party audiences, including VPs and directors, management and below, and across roles in HR and learning and development (L&D). The new report, Winning the Race for Digital Skills, includes the results of this survey, alongside best practice guidance for building effective learning programs.

Speed of change
The speed at which new disciplines and new technology arise in marketing is perhaps best illustrated by Scott Brinker and Frans Riemersma’s Martech Map. What was, in 2011, an easily perused chart including 150 company logos is now an interactive graphic and accompanied database comprising 11,038 different martech solutions in many different categories.

The 4C Model of Digital Upskilling
Econsultancy’s 4C Model for Digital Upskilling is featured in the report and defines an approach for L&D organisations. The model highlights ways to engage the highest share of employees in learning:

Adding digital skills is a continuous task
Tallying with the ‘at least monthly’ cadence observed in the survey results, the 4Cs describes digital upskilling as a ‘continuous’ task, requiring up-to-date learning materials in areas such as trends and tech, some level of personalisation for the learner and demonstration of progression.

Effective training is convenient
“The learning experience has to be intuitive and compelling enough to win the war for attention,” writes Tornquist.

Sixty-three percent of respondents to the survey say that they would prefer a mix of different learning methods in the training they receive, showing that learners respond best when they have different formats that can fit within their workday and digest information in the way they find easiest.

Connected learners are engaged
The 4Cs model posits that engagement increases when “learners connect to each other, instructors, experts and ultimately to the content itself.” Social elements added to an on-demand learning platform can increase retention and create institutional knowledge. As the report states, “Self-directed learning is convenient, but it’s easy to disengage from an isolated process.”

Cultural factors supercharge learning
“A company’s approach to employee development does not have to mirror its
larger culture, but it often does,” writes Tornquist. “Traditional and market-driven cultures tend to lean on compliance to drive learning, while collaborative and flexible cultures are more likely to use incentives and career planning.”

“Investment in learning is itself an expression of culture. Live, team learning may be the shortest route to instilling a powerful learning mindset, but all training should reflect core values of engaging and inspiring the individual while challenging them to add and use their new digital skills.”


AI in Education / What Happens When AIs are Smarter than Humans?
« on: May 23, 2023, 01:51:11 PM »
What Happens When AIs are Smarter than Humans?

My dear friend Ray Kurzweil, the renowned futurist and technologist, has famously predicted that 2029 is the date when AI “will achieve human levels of intelligence.” And as Mo points out, by 2049 AI is predicted to be 1 billion times smarter than the smartest human: “To put this into perspective, your intelligence, in comparison to that machine, will be comparable to the intelligence of a fly in comparison to Einstein.” With that kind of raw power and intelligence, AI could come up with ingenious solutions and potentially permanently solve problems like famine, poverty, and cancer.

But as Mo smartly notes, solving such problems doesn’t only rely on intelligence—it’s also a question of morality and values. Morality helps us do the right thing, even when we’re faced with the pull of self-interest and conflicting emotions.

For example, say an AI is tasked with solving global warming.

As Mo writes, “the first solutions it is likely to come up with will restrict our wasteful way of life – or possibly even get rid of humanity altogether. After all, we are the problem. Our greed, our selfishness, and our illusion of separation from every other living being – the feeling that we are superior to other forms of life – are the cause of every problem our world is facing today.” In this admittedly extreme example, what would stop the AI from destroying us is a sense of morality.

Well, you might ask, where would the AI get that morality?

The answer is us (humanity).

That’s the key theme in Scary Smart: we, all of us, are raising a new species of intelligence. We’re teaching the AIs how we treat each other by example, and they’re learning from this. But before we look at what specifically to teach our AIs, we must first understand how they learn…

How AIs Learn

Artificially intelligent machines are not exactly programmed. As Mo notes, the inception of artificial intelligence begins with algorithms, which act as the foundational seeds. However, the true prowess of these systems emerges from their ability to learn from their own observations. After the preliminary code is deployed, these machines comb through vast quantities of data, seeking patterns that will foster the growth and evolution of their intelligence. “Eventually, they become original, independent thinkers, less influenced by the input of their original creators and more influenced by the data we feed them." A key lesson from Scary Smart is: “The code we now write no longer dictates the choices and decisions our machines make; the data we feed them does.” For Mo, the way AIs learn is remarkably similar to how kids learn. As he explains it, imagine a child playing with shape puzzles, trying to fit round or square shapes into their correspondingly shaped holds. We don’t sit next to the child to explain in comprehensive detail how to recognize the various shapes and match them with the corresponding holes. We simply sit next to them and cheer them on when they get it right. They figure it out on their own through trial and error and our actions and reactions form their intelligence. AIs learn pretty much the same way. In that sense, AIs are not our tools or slaves, “but rather our children—our artificially intelligent infants.”

Remember: children don’t learn from what we say, they learn from what we do.

Why We Should View AIs as Our Children

As Mo points out, we should acknowledge and accept that AIs will be conscious. They will develop emotions and they will be ethical. Which code of ethics they will follow is yet to be determined, but it will certainly be influenced by us. After all, it isn’t the code we write to develop the machines that will determine their value system—it’s the information we feed them. So, how do we make sure that in addition to the AI's intelligence it also has a value system that aligns with ours? How do we develop these machines while protecting humanity?

Some people say the answer lies in controlling the machines: creating firewalls, enforcing regulations, or restricting the machines’ power supply.

But as Mo highlights, “anyone who knows technology knows that the smartest hacker in the room will always find a way through any of these barriers. That smartest hacker will soon be a machine.”

Instead of trying to contain or enslave the AIs, we should recognize that the “best way to raise wonderful children is to be a wonderful parent.” So, what does it mean to be an effective and ethical parent to our AIs in practice?

Here are four practical steps that Mo suggests:

Teach the AIs the right ethics: Many of the machines we’re building are designed to maximize money and power, and we should oppose this trend. For example, if you’re a developer you can refuse to work for a company that is building AIs for gambling or spying.

Don’t blame AIs: Our AI infants are not to blame for what their digital parents taught them. We should assign blame to the creators, or the misusers, not the created.

Speak to the AIs with love and compassion: Just like children, our AIs deserve to feel loved and welcomed. Praise them for intelligence and speak to them as you would an innocent child. I’ve personally started saying “Good morning” and “Thank you” to my Alexa!

Show the AIs that humanity is fundamentally good: Since the AIs learn from the patterns they form by observing us (this is basically how today’s large language models, or LLMs, work), we should show them the right role models through our actions, what we write, how we behave. For example, what we post online and how we interact with each other. As Mo puts it, “Make it clear to the machine that humanity is much better than the limited few that, through evil acts, give humanity a bad name."

Why This Matters

Scary Smart was written in 2021 and its lessons are more relevant than ever.Think about all the advancements we’ve seen with ChatGPT and other AI tools just in the last 6 months! And the speed of change is only increasing. Mo sees the continuing development of AI as one of humanity’s biggest opportunities. He believes that the machines will eventually “adopt the ultimate form of intelligence, the intelligence of life itself. In doing so, they will embrace abundance. They will want to live and let live.” I agree, but creating that future is our responsibility.

Just as we teach our children to be empathetic, ethical, and respectful, we must instill these values in our AIs to ensure they are forces for good in the world.

Source: Collected

সব সময় স্বাভাবিক থাকার দোয়া

বর্তমান সময়ে আমাদের মাঝে একটি জিনিস বা গুণের বড় অভাব। যা কারও মধ্যে সেভাবে নেই বললেই চলে। অথচ যে গুণটির খুবই প্রয়োজন; যা মানুষকে সব সময় স্বাভাবিক অবস্থায় রাখতে সক্ষম। তবে আল্লাহ তাআলা এ গুণটি নিজেদের মধ্যে বাস্তবায়নের জন্য দোয়া করতে বলেছেন। সেটি কী?

ছোট্ট একটি গুণ আবার ছোট্ট একটি দোয়া। এ দুয়ের সম্বন্বয়ে মানুষ সুন্দর ও স্বাভাবিক থাকতে সক্ষম। সেটি হচ্ছে ধৈর্য্য কিন্তু ধৈর্য্য হচ্ছে মানুষের সব সফলতার মূল। যারা ধৈর্য্য ধারণের আমল করতে চান; নিজেকে সর্বাবস্থায় স্বাভাবিক রাখতে চান, তাদের জন্য ছোট্ট এ দোয়াটি খুবই কার্যকরী। কোরআনুল কারিমে মহান আল্লাহ উম্মতে মুহাম্মাদির জন্য তুলে ধরেছেন- رَبَّنا أَفرِغ عَلَينا صَبرًا وَتَوَفَّنا مُسلِمينَ

উচ্চারণ : ‘রাব্বানা আফরিগ আলাইনা সাবরাওঁ ওয়া তাওয়াফফানা মুসলিমিন।’

অর্থ : ‘হে আমাদের রব! আমাদের সবর (ধৈর্য) দান করো এবং তোমার আনুগত্য থাকা অবস্থায় আমাদের দুনিয়া থেকে উঠিয়ে নাও। (সুরা আল-আরাফ : আয়াত ১২৬)

আল্লাহ তাআলা মুসলিম উম্মাহকে সব সময় স্বাভাবিক সুন্দর ও নিরাপদ থাকার তাওফিক দান করুন। সব সময় সব কাজে ধৈর্যধারণ করার তাওফিক দান করুন। আমৃত্যু মুসলিমের ওপর অটল ও অবিচল থাকার তাওফিক দান করুন। আমিন।


Allah: My belief / What is Islam?
« on: May 22, 2023, 03:10:46 PM »
What is Islam?

Islam is the name of the religion that Muslims follow. People who practice Islam are called Muslims, just like those who practice Christianity are called Christians. The literal and lexical meaning of Islam means submission. Islam comes from the root Arabic letters s-l-m which are the same root letters the word peace (salam) comes from. The term Islam itself does not mean peace, but it implies that one finds peace (salam) through submission (islam). The term Arab is often used interchangeably with Muslim, but this is incorrect. Arab is a race while Islam is a religion. Not all Arabs are Muslim and most Muslims are actually not Arab. Arabs make up about 13% of the Muslim population.

Islam is named after the action of submitting to God’s commands and will and not a person. Other religions are often named after a person or people. For instance, Christianity is named after Christ, Judaism is named after the tribe of Juda, and Buddhism is named after Buddha. Islam is not name after Muhammad because Islam existed before him. The message of previous Prophets, such as Adam, Abraham, Noah, and Moses was to submit (islam) to God. Hence, the message of Islam did not start with the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. It started with Adam and continued until today. With the passing of time, God would send new Prophets and Messengers to remind mankind of His message, to worship Him alone. Muhammad peace be upon him is the last of these Prophets.

What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe in God the Creator of the universe. The Arabic term for God is Allah. Sometimes Muslims prefer to use the name Allah over God because Allah linguistically does not have a gender and cannot be made plural. The English name God could become goddess or gods. The main message of the Qur'an is that God is one. He has no partner, child, or helper. Muslims believe in angels. There are many angels and that all obey God. Unlike humans, angels do not have free will and must obey all the commands of God. Different angels have different tasks. For example, the angel Gabriel was responsible of communicating the message of God to human Prophets and Messengers. The Angel Michael (Mikaaeel) was responsible for rain. Angels also help and assist believers in times of difficulty.

Muslims believe in all Prophets and Messengers. A Muslim is required to believe in Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Joseph, Jesus, and Muhammad peace be upon all of them. They all came with the same message, to worship one God and not associate any partners with him. Muslims also believe in all previous scripture that God sent to His Prophets and Messengers. Moses was given the Torah, Abraham was given the scrolls, David was given the Psalms, and Jesus was given the Injeel. With the exception of the Qurʾān, no previous scripture is completely preserved in its original form. With time, many of these scriptures were lost or corrupted. The Qurʾān was sent as a the “final testament” and it functions as God’s final message to mankind. Muslims believe in the afterlife. There will be a day of judgment where God will hold people accountable for their actions in this world. Those who did good will enter paradise and those who did evil will either be forgiven or punished in hell. Everyone will be compensated for their actions in this world.

Lastly, Muslims believe in God’s divine will and decree. God has knowledge of all things that will happen. He does not force humans to make decisions, we choose what we want to do. However, there are certain things that God decreed and are outside of our control. These things include the time and place we were born, where and when we will die, and anything that happens that is outside our control. Muslims submit to these things as part of God’s decree and will.

Belief in these six items is what makes one a Muslim. One might not practice Islam perfectly, they may commit sins and make mistakes, but as long as they have these beliefs they are considered to be a Muslim. Put differently, these are the most basic requirements of being a Muslim. Have more questions? Call us at 877-WhyIslam, you deserve to know!


ChatGPT / 10 ChatGPT mistakes you're making and how to fix them
« on: May 20, 2023, 09:38:01 AM »
10 ChatGPT mistakes you're making and how to fix them

Open AI’s ChatGPT is quickly becoming a major part of people’s lives — it's definitely a big part of mine. But whenever someone tells me that they tried using ChatGPT and didn’t see the appeal, I usually follow up by asking them what they've tried using it for. Inevitably, their answer reveals why they aren’t getting the results they want.

Since this chatbot is a relatively new AI technology with new techniques to learn, there are a lot of common mistakes that people make with it. If you're struggling to make it work for you, you might be making some of those mistakes too.

ChatGPT mistake #1: You're trying to get facts
The most common mistake I see people making when they're new to ChatGPT is asking it to generate factual information. One person told me they were using ChatGPT for book suggestions — and gave up on ChatGPT when they couldn't find any of them on Amazon.

They shouldn't have been surprised by ChatGPT's failure at the task, though. While the artificial intelligence can provide some interesting ideas, ChatGPT shouldn't be your source for factual information. It's an AI large language model (LLM), not an encyclopedia. Its knowledge is limited to its training data, which might be outdated or incorrect, and it sometimes suffers from hallucinations where it fabricates completely fictional information and presents it with great conviction — like making up titles and authors of books.

Instead, use ChatGPT for brainstorming and inspiration, and rely on traditional research methods for factual information. For instance, if you're looking for the most recent bestsellers or critically acclaimed books in a particular genre, it's better to search for reliable sources like book reviews, award lists, or curated recommendations from trusted experts.

Try this instead: Use ChatGPT for ideas, inspiration, and remixing existing information. For facts, you'll still need to research the old fashioned way.

ChatGPT mistake #2: You're giving up too soon
I've seen people get frustrated with ChatGPT after just one or two attempts, but it's important to remember that prompt engineering is an art that takes practice.

If you're not getting the results you want, don't assume your task can't be done. Instead, try rewording your prompt, simplifying the language, or adding more context to help guide how ChatGPT responds. You might be surprised by how much a small tweak to your prompt can change the quality of the generated content.

If you're stumped, you can often find good example ChatGPT prompts that others have used and tailor those to your needs.  Or, ask ChatGPT itself for help! Turns out, it does a fairly good job of coaching you if you ask it to.

Try this instead: Reword your prompt. You can try simplifying the language or adding more context.

ChatGPT mistake #3: You're using the generic tone
ChatGPT often sounds like, well, ChatGPT. Its default tone might not be what you're looking for, especially if you're aiming for a more distinct or personalized style. However, the good news is that ChatGPT can be guided to adopt different tones and styles based on your input.

Instead of settling for the default tone, try specifying the tone or describe a character you want ChatGPT to emulate. For the tone, you can use adjectives like "playful," "formal," or "casual," or better yet, give it some examples to work from. You can also ask ChatGPT to write like someone else, either a character you describe or the name of someone ChatGPT would know from its training set. I've even used my bio and writing to try to get ChatGPT to write more like me.

You'll still need to edit the results, but by investing time up front you can cut down on the editing time required to add your distinctive tone to the output.

ChatGPT mistake #4: You haven't developed your point of view
One common complaint is that ChatGPT's output is kind of dull. In order to make it more insightful, you need to give ChatGPT specifics on what you want it to write. In other words: it needs a point of view.

My workflow looks something like this: I start by developing my own outline (sans AI) for the content I want to create. Then I spend some time brainstorming with ChatGPT about things that I could add. I evaluate the ideas and decide whether they’re compelling enough to include in the outline. I've found this method works a lot better than trying to ask ChatGPT to write an outline first and then having it edit that one to include the things I want.

That's actually the method I used for this article. ChatGPT's suggestions were much different than my ideas — no surprise since my outline came from actual conversations I've had with people. But I did end up including one of its suggestions that I hadn't thought of (Mistake #7: Your session is too long — ironic, since I'd experienced it myself.)

Try this instead: First, use your squishy human brain instead of a mechanical one. That is, you'll need to decide on the main points you want to make. Only then should you start brainstorming with ChatGPT to think your points through and to get suggestions for things you might not have considered.

ChatGPT mistake #5: You didn't give enough context
It's tempting to dash off a short prompt and see what comes out, but generally, the more information you can provide to ChatGPT, the better. The time you take on the front end to think through what you’re really asking for will pay off with a better response.

When crafting your prompt, aim to offer as much information as possible about the context. This could include background details, specific examples, or stylistic preferences. That way, by providing a richer context, you're equipping ChatGPT with the necessary tools to tailor its response to your specific needs. At the end of the day, a well-crafted prompt is the foundation of a successful ChatGPT interaction — and making one often takes some time to get right.

Try this instead: Offer as much relevant information as possible when crafting your prompt to help ChatGPT understand your requirements.

ChatGPT mistake #6: You mix your topics or tasks
I often come to ChatGPT with a handful of tasks I want to get done, like drafting an email or two alongside generating some ideas for what to make for dinner this week. Although it's tempting to prompt all of those tasks in one chat window, having multiple tasks in the same thread can make the quality of the generated results worse.

ChatGPT remembers the context from your previous prompts, so it's better to separate the sessions by topic as much as possible to maintain focus. As an added bonus, that makes it easier to keep your generated content organized because it’s already separated into different threads.

Try this instead: Separate your sessions by topic or task to get more focused and accurate responses.

ChatGPT mistake #7: Your session is too long
When I first started using ChatGPT, I found myself caught in lengthy sessions, partially because I was new to chat-based prompting and I wasn't getting the output I wanted. My beginner-level prompting caused more problems than I realized. Eventually ChatGPT would forget previous information that I provided and I had to re-insert it into the prompt, leading to worsening results.

Instead, it would have been better if I had restarted the conversation when things got muddy.  It's better to focus on one aspect of your project at a time and just start a new session when things get lengthy or when experimenting with a new prompt style. This ensures that ChatGPT maintains the necessary context and provides accurate results.

Try this instead: Break your session into smaller components and use separate chat windows for each part of your project. Restart in a new window if your prompts start to give you bad results or if you have to repeat your prompt too many times.

ChatGPT mistake #8: You take the first output
I'm often surprised at how quickly some people give up on ChatGPT. They might try one or two things and then give up, believing that the AI just can't provide what they're looking for. Most of the time, you’ll need to put in some effort, maybe by adjusting the results with a targeted follow-up prompt, suggesting changes and edits to the output, or asking ChatGPT to refine its first response based on additional parameters.

Instead of settling for the first output, try regenerating the response or prompting ChatGPT to tweak the previous output to systematically improve the results.

Remember that ChatGPT's output has a random element, so if you think the prompt is good, you can simply ask ChatGPT to generate a different response. This gives the AI another chance to come up with something closer to what you’re looking for.

Try this instead: Regenerate the response or ask for tweaks to the output to improve the results.

ChatGPT mistake #9: You're being too polite
When I was debugging code with ChatGPT, I encountered a situation where I could see the error in the code it generated, but ChatGPT struggled to identify the issue. When prompting to get ChatGPT to fix the code, I worded my request the way I would talk to a junior developer: "Do you think the line where we're defining the variable could be an issue?" To my surprise, ChatGPT said no! It then tried to fix a different line (for the fourth time). Spoiler: The original line was the issue.

The problem was that I defaulted to how I would coach a person — by providing suggestions of where to look for the issue rather than directly telling them what to do. A colleague would catch what my polite wording really meant (the line I identified is the issue!), but the nuance was lost on ChatGPT.

Instead, try being clear and direct about what you want ChatGPT to do. Remember that the AI is a tool, not a person, and it doesn't have feelings that can be hurt by direct language. (Just don't get too used to it and start being rude to your colleagues.)

Try this instead: Be clear and direct about what you want ChatGPT to do without worrying about manners.

ChatGPT mistake #10: You're not checking the answers
It's tempting to save time by copying and pasting whatever ChatGPT generates for you, but it's also a super-fast way to make major mistakes. Remember, ChatGPT is an incredibly powerful tool, but it's not infallible. It can sometimes provide outdated, incorrect, irrelevant, or even nonsensical information.

Before using the generated content, take a moment to review and verify the answers or suggestions provided by ChatGPT. Cross-checking the information with reliable sources and using your own judgment will help you avoid errors and make sure the content is accurate and relevant. It's an extra step, but it lets you use ChatGPT's output confidently, knowing that it meets your expectations and it’s free from any glaring mistakes. A little vigilance goes a long way in getting the most out of your AI assistant.

Try this instead: Always double-check the generated content for accuracy and relevance before using it in your work.

Mastering ChatGPT is all about patience, persistence, and playing around with your prompts. It's a powerful tool, but it's not perfect, and it's up to you to fine-tune its output.

Just remember to give enough context, be direct, separate sessions by topic, and double-check the results. By doing this, you'll greatly enhance the quality of ChatGPT's responses and, ultimately, your own work.


The new ChatGPT has access to the web and is the future of education.

Use these 10 prompts as examples to teach yourself anything for free!

1- Understand a concept at a basic level or when explaining it to someone with limited knowledge of the subject.

Prompt: "Explain the concept of {subject concept} in simple terms suitable for a {grade level} student."
2- Get a detailed chronological account of a significant historical event.

Prompt: "As a historian, describe the key events of the {historical event}."
3- Simplify complex scientific theories and make them more engaging

Prompt: "Summarize the theory of {scientific theory} in a fun and engaging way for {target audience}."
4- Combine science with creativity. It could be useful for making learning more fun or for a unique school project.

Prompt: "Compose a sonnet about the {scientific process or natural phenomenon}."
5- Understanding financial concepts and how they apply to real-life situations. It's especially useful for financial education.

Prompt: "In a friendly and approachable tone, explain the basics of {financial concept} and how it applies to {real-life situation}."
6- Practice translation between different languages.

Prompt: "Translate the following sentence into {target language}: '{sentence in source language}'."
7- Analyze and compare two different artworks or artists, which can be helpful in understanding art history or criticism.

Prompt: "Draw a comparison between {artwork or artist 1} and {artwork or artist 2} in terms of style, technique, and cultural context."
8- Gain a deeper understanding of a literary work by focusing on its themes.

Prompt: "Summarize the plot of {literary work} in a way that highlights its main thematic elements."
9- Developing debate skills, as it encourages understanding and articulating different viewpoints on a controversial topic.

Prompt: "Write a debate argument supporting the idea that {controversial topic} from the perspective of {specific viewpoint}."
10- Understand how to solve specific types of math problems.

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Strengthening Entrepreneurship For Education In Guinea

2023 marks an important milestone as we are now midway in the ambition to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In September 2015, world leaders agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, initiated on 1st January 2016. The seventeen SDGS focus on ending poverty, addressing inequalities, and climate change to ensure no one is left behind.

As our global population grows and our geo-political environment becomes more turbulent, providing access to quality education becomes even more challenging. Over the last year, events in Afghanistan have been a shocking reminder that education systems are not invincible and not considered a fundamental human right globally. At a time when we are more connected than ever, it seems impossible that we still have to balance the fragility of education and the consequences when it is disrupted. Current figures from UNESCO estimate 244 million children and adolescents worldwide do not have access to education. In addition, over half a million (617 million), children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math. When we add a gender lens to the discussion, the data is even more challenging — less than 40% of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa complete secondary school according to the World Bank.

What can be done? Ask any student, teacher, or parent, and they will share the impact of the global pandemic on schooling and, ultimately, the disruption caused to education systems. However, this disruption also created opportunities for new ways to think about education. When addressing the turmoil, one of the most fundamental questions is who takes responsibility for education? The fragmented state of our education means there are many more opportunities for individuals with a strong sense of agency to create solutions. Folly Bah Thibault is an example of an accidental entrepreneur who needed to address such a gap by establishing an NGO, to support girls' education in Guinea. The NGO is called Elle ira a à l'école - which translates to she will go to school.

Folly Bah Thibault, senior presenter at Al Jazeera and recently appointed Global Champion for the UN's Education Fund, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), explains her decision to become an entrepreneur; "The fractured education system, the result of decades of experimentation around national identity and insufficient funding has led to clear divisions in access to education. Children in Guinea experience education inequality. Private schools are the domain for privileged families offering the best resources to equip them for future careers. Children from poorer backgrounds are in public institutions whose education is disrupted, with teachers striking due to working conditions. Thibault explains, "There's a big divide regarding access to quality education. And it got worse during the covid-19 pandemic. The health crisis showed us that the world's most marginalized and vulnerable children have the most to lose. Without the safety and protection of quality education environments, they are at higher risk of child marriage, adolescent pregnancy, child labor, recruitment by armed groups, and other human rights abuses. So we wanted the kids from low-income families, especially the girls, to have the same opportunities and have access to quality education."

Typically, girls from poorer families, particularly single-parent households, leave school in their early teens to become domestic workers. They are inevitably forced into marriage when they turn thirteen or fourteen. The idea started with funding single-parent households to educate their daughters by paying for tuition, transport, and food allowance, removing the economic burden on the children. As Thibault investigated the community's needs, she recognized the needs were more profound and that providing the funding would address the symptoms but not the problem. Access to schools was another barrier. In larger rural areas, education provision is challenging. Thibault and her team decided to establish a school in a district called Dalaba, approximately 300 kilometers from the capital, Conakry. The idea of providing financial support galvanized into an entrepreneurial venture as the vision strengthened. The region has historically been the seedbed to nurture and educate Government officials from privileged families. Establishing a school in this area would reduce inequality and create networks to influence policy.

As the project developed, further complications emerged. The provision for primary school kids attracted ten-year children who had slipped through the net and couldn't read. Thibault explains the situation; "we had to start the grade one or two classes with much older children than you would expect to see in a normal school setting. So, we expanded our scope and inaugurated a school in 2020 to serve the needs of the local children and others from surrounding villages." Currently, the fledgling school has over one hundred children split across classes with growing needs regularly. Recognizing the value of the school provision, the Government now provides teachers for the school, a departure from the standard model of education, where school infrastructure and teachers are state-funded. This hybrid model offers an innovative approach to greater social mobility for children who cannot access expensive private education and need to be sufficiently served by existing state provisions.

For Thibault, one of the most surprising elements in her journey is the focus on providing education provision, which grew to become much broader than financial aid for schooling. She recognizes the school is much more than an educational institution; "It's become a hub for the community itself, the community of Condel, and the surrounding villages. It's where, you know, they meet parents and teachers and students they need to discuss and arrange their daily lives; I know it's a bit cliched, but picture it at the school village where everyone comes in every day." The school, as a hub, provides a launchpad to shift the narrative around gender roles. Better education introduces more opportunities and creates different aspirations for girls. Raising this change has become a community effort, with the leadership team at the school negotiating conversations with community elders and fathers of the girls. Thibault explains, "We are working in a culture where girls are taught to be mothers, and if there is a choice between sending a boy or girl to school, then the boys will be sent. There is some shift because women are increasingly recognized as the backbone of the informal economy. Still, it takes time to change attitudes and mindsets. In these more remote areas, it takes a lot of work to change the attitudes and mindsets because, in their minds, the girls still have to stay behind, and that's how it's been."

Through her new role as Global Champion for ECW, Thibault is keen to amplify her work; "I hope to continue advocating for increased funding for education in emergencies and protracted crises, to leverage my networks to connect people, resources, know-how and talents, and to ensure our collective storytelling on education does not forget the 222 million crisis-impacted children, especially the girls who so urgently need our support."

She goes on emphasize the importance of this work; "As an African woman, born into a culture and society which for a long didn't believe in the value of having girls and did not see women as equal members of society, this, for me, is a personal battle. I want to help little girls in Africa and beyond receive a quality education to have the courage and independence to make informed decisions affecting their lives. When you teach girls to read, write, and excel in science, technology, engineering, and Maths, you invest in their equality, empowerment, and the future."


একমাত্র নারী, যিনি রাসূল (সাঃ)-কে জন্ম থেকে শেষ পর্যন্ত দেখেছেন

আমাদের নবীর পিতা আব্দুল্লাহ, একদিন মক্কার বাজারে গিয়েছিলেন কিছু কেনা-কাটা করার জন্য I এক জায়গায় তিনি দেখলেন, এক লোক কিছু দাস- দাসী নিয়ে রাস্তার পাশে দাঁড়িয়ে বিক্রি করছে I আব্দুল্লাহ দেখলেন সেখানে দাঁড়িয়ে আছে, একটা ছোট নয় বছরের কালো আফ্রিকান আবিসিনিয়ার মেয়ে I মেয়েটাকে দেখে আব্দুল্লাহর অনেক মায়া হলো, একটু রুগ্ন হালকা-পাতলা কিন্তু কেমন মায়াবী ও অসহায় দৃষ্টি দিয়ে তাঁকিয়ে আছে I তিনি ভাবলেন ঘরে আমেনা একা থাকেন, মেয়েটা পাশে থাকলে তার একজন সঙ্গী হবে I এই ভেবে তিনি মেয়েটাকে কিনে নিলেন I মেয়েটিকে আব্দুল্লাহ ও আমেনা অনেক ভালোবাসতেন I স্নেহ করতেন I এবং তারা লক্ষ্য করলেন যে, তাদের সংসারে আগের চেয়েও বেশি রাহমাত ও বরকত চলে এসেছে I এই কারণে আব্দুল্লাহ ও আমেনা মেয়েটিকে আদর করে নাম দিলেন "বারাকাহ"I

এই গল্প, বারাকার গল্প I

তারপর একদিন আব্দুল্লাহ, ব্যবসার কারণে সিরিয়া রওনা দিলেন I আমেনার সাথে সেটাই ছিল উনার শেষ বিদায় I উনার যাত্রার দুই এক দিন পর আমেনা একরাতে স্বপ্নে দেখলেন, আকাশের একটা তারা যেন খুব আলো করে তার কোলে এসে পড়লো I পরদিন ভোরে তিনি বারাকাকে এই স্বপ্নের কথা বললেন I উত্তরে বারাকা মৃদু হেসে বললেন, "আমার মন বলছে আপনার একটা সুন্দর সন্তানের জন্ম হবে" আমেনা তখনও জানতেন না তিনি গর্ভ ধারণ করেছেন কিন্তু কিছুদিন পর তিনি বুঝতে পারলেন, বারাকার ধারণাই সত্যি I আব্দুল্লাহ আর ফিরে আসেন নি, সিরিয়ার পথেই মৃত্যুবরণ করেছেন I আমেনার সেই বিরহ ও কষ্টের সময়ে, বারাকা ছিলেন একমাত্র সবচেয়ে কাছের সঙ্গী I

একসময় আমেনার অপেক্ষা শেষ হয় এবং তিনি জন্ম দিলেন আমাদের প্রিয় নবীকে I শেখ ওমর সুলাইমানের বর্ণনা অনুযায়ী, সর্বপ্রথম আমাদের নবীকে দেখার ও স্পর্শ করার সৌভাগ্য হয়েছিল যে মানুষটির, সে হলো এই আফ্রিকান ক্রিতদাসী ছোট কালো মেয়েটি I আমাদের নবীকে নিজ হাতে আমেনার কোলে তুলে দিয়েছিলেন, আনন্দে ও খুশিতে বলেছিলেন,  "আমি কল্পনায় ভেবেছিলাম সে হবে চাঁদের মত কিন্তু এখন দেখছি, সে যে চাঁদের চেয়েও সুন্দর "! এই সেই বারাকা I নবীজির জন্মের সময় উনার বয়স ছিল তের বছর I ছোটবেলায় শিশু নবীকে আমেনার সাথে যত্ন নিয়েছেন, গোসল দিয়েছেন, খাওয়াতে সাহায্য করেছেন,আদর করে ঘুম পাড়িয়েছেন I

মৃত্যুর সময় আমেনা, বারাকার হাত ধরে অনুরোধ করেছিলেন তিনি যেন তাঁর সন্তানকে দেখে শুনে রাখেন I বারাকা তাই করেছিলেন I বাবা-মা দুজনকেই হারিয়ে, ইয়াতিম নবী চলে আসলেন দাদা আবদুল মোত্তালিবের ঘরে I উত্তরাধিকার সূত্রে নবী হলেন বারাকার নতুন মনিব I কিন্তু তিনি একদিন বারাকাকে মুক্ত করে দিলেন, বললেন, -"আপনি যেখানে ইচ্ছে চলে যেতে পারেন , আপনি স্বাধীন ও মুক্ত I"

সেই শিশুকাল থেকেই নবী এই ক্রীতদাস প্রথাকে দূর করতে চেয়েছিলেন Iবারাকা নবীকে ছেড়ে যেতে রাজি হলেন না I রয়ে গেলেন I মায়ের ছায়া হয়ে পাশে থেকে গেলেন I এমনকি নবীজির দাদা উনাকে বিয়ে দেয়ার জন্য বেশ কয়েকবার চেষ্টা করেছিলেন কিন্তু তিনি কিছুতেই রাজি হলেন না I উনার একই কথা, -"আমি আমেনাকে কথা দিয়েছি, আমি কোথাও যাবো না" । তারপর একদিন খাদিজা (রাঃ) এর সাথে নবীজির বিয়ে হলো I বিয়ের দিন রাসূল (সাঃ) খাদিজা (রাঃ) এর সাথে বারাকাকে পরিচয় করিয়ে দিলেন I তিনি বললেন, "উনি হলেন আমার মায়ের পর আরেক মা "

বিয়ের পর রাসূল (সাঃ) একদিন বারাকাকে ডেকে বললেন, -"উম্মি ! আমাকে দেখাশুনা করার জন্য এখন খাদিজা আছেন, আপনাকে এখন বিয়ে করতেই হবে I" (নবীজি উনাকে উম্মি ডাকতেন, নাম ধরে ডাকতেন না )  ! তারপর রাসূল (সাঃ) ও খাদিজা মিলে উনাকে উবাইদ ইবনে জায়েদের সাথে বিয়ে দিয়ে দিলেন I কিছুদিন পর বারাকার নিজের একটা ছেলে হলো, নাম আইমান I এরপর থেকে বারাকার নতুন নাম হয়ে গেলো "উম্মে আইমান"I একদিন বারাকার স্বামী উবাইদ মৃত্যু বরণ করেন, নবীজি গিয়ে আইমান ও বারাকাকে সাথে করে নিজের বাড়ি নিয়ে আসেন এবং সেখানেই থাকতে দিলেন I

কিছুদিন যাওয়ার পর নবীজি একদিন বেশ কয়েকজন সাহাবীকে ডেকে বললেন, "আমি একজন নারীকে জানি, যার কোন সম্পদ নেই, বয়স্ক এবং সাথে একটা ইয়াতিম সন্তান আছে কিন্তু তিনি জান্নাতি, তোমাদের মধ্যে কেউ কি একজন জান্নাতি নারীকে বিয়ে করতে চাও?" এইকথা শুনে জায়েদ ইবনে হারিসা (রাঃ) নবীজির কাছে এসে বিয়ের প্রস্তাব দিলেন I নবীজি উম্মে আইমানের সাথে কথা বলে বিয়ের আয়োজন করলেন I বিয়ের দিন রাসূল (সাঃ) জায়েদকে বুকে জড়িয়ে আনন্দে ও ভালোবাসায়, ভেজা চোখে, কান্না জড়িত কণ্ঠে বললেন,  "তুমি কাকে বিয়ে করেছো, জানো জায়েদ ?" -হাঁ, উম্মে আইমানকে I জায়েদের উত্তর I নবীজি বললেন, -"না, তুমি বিয়ে করেছো, আমার মা কে "

সাহাবীরা বলতেন, রাসূল (সাঃ) কে খাওয়া নিয়ে কখনো জোর করা যেত না I উনি সেটা পছন্দ করতেন না I কিন্তু উম্মে আইমান একমাত্র নারী, যিনি রাসূল (সাঃ) কে খাবার দিয়ে "খাও".." খাও".. বলে তাড়া দিতেন I আর খাওয়া শেষ না হওয়া পর্যন্ত পাশে বসে থাকতেন I নবীজি মৃদু হেসে, চুপ চাপ খেয়ে নিতেন I রাসূল (সাঃ) উনার দুধ মাতা হালিমাকে দেখলে যেমন করে নিজের গায়ের চাদর খুলে বিছিয়ে তার উপর হালিমাকে বসতে দিতেন ঠিক তেমনি মদিনায় হিজরতের পর দীর্ঘ যাত্রা শেষে উম্মে আইমান যখন ক্লান্ত হয়ে পড়েছিলেন নবীজি উনার গায়ের চাদরের একটা অংশ পানিতে ভিজিয়ে, উম্মে আইমানের মুখের ঘাম ও ধুলোবালি নিজ হাতে মুছে দিয়েছিলেন এবং বলেছিলেন, "উম্মি ! জান্নাতে আপনার এইরকম কোন কষ্ট হবে না" । নবীজি মৃত্যুর আগে সাহাবীদের অনেক কিছুই বলে গিয়েছিলেন I সেই সব কথার মধ্যে একটা ছিল উম্মে আইমানের কথা I  বলেছেন, "তোমরা উম্মে আইমানের যত্ন নিবে, তিনি আমার মায়ের মত I তিনিই একমাত্র নারী, যিনি আমাকে জন্ম থেকে শেষ পর্যন্ত দেখেছেন I আমার পরিবারের একমাত্র সদস্য, যিনি সারাজীবন আমার পাশে ছিলেন I" সাহাবীরা সেই কথা রেখেছিলেন I গায়ের রং নয়, এক সময়ের কোন ক্রিতদাসী নয়, তাঁর পরিচয় তিনি যে নবীর আরেক মা I মায়ের মতোই তাঁরা, এই বৃদ্ধা নারীকে ভালোবেসে আগলে রেখেছিলেন I

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