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  • Writer's pictureDanny McKeever

What is Generative AI and Why Should You Care?

Updated: Feb 21, 2023


--Midjourney /imagine fantasy, infinite possibilities, AI--


Generative AI, also known as creative AI or machine creativity, is a rapidly growing field of artificial intelligence that is poised to revolutionize our society in many ways. With the ability to learn from large datasets and generate new and original content, it has the potential to change how we work, how we live, and how we interact with technology.


In a nutshell, it represents endless possibilities.


The impact of generative AI on society can be compared to some of the most significant technological advances of the past few centuries. Just as the industrial revolution introduced new methods of manufacturing and changed the way goods were produced, generative AI is transforming how we create and consume content. It has the potential to revolutionize the way we create, process, and distribute information, and to significantly impact a wide range of industries.

Generative AI is a super category that is set to spawn off other categories. The potential for applications in fields such as medicine, science, and engineering is enormous, and there is no doubt that it will revolutionize how we approach many of the challenges facing our world.

One of the most significant impacts of generative AI is its ability to replace any job that is repetitive in nature. From writing code to paralegals, data entry to the analysis of data, generative AI can perform tasks that were once the exclusive domain of humans. As a result, there is a growing concern that many jobs will be replaced by machines, which could lead to significant changes in the job market and the economy as a whole.

AI was once thought to be the technology that will replace the blue collar workers, think self-driving vehicles, but in reality AI has taken aim at white collar workers. The developers, content writers, lawyers, data analysts, and process oriented roles. Anything that is repeatable will be replaced by AI.

Here are 5 reasons why you should care about Generative AI.

  1. Increased Efficiency: Generative AI can automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks, enabling humans to focus on more complex and creative work, which will lead to increased productivity and efficiency.

  2. Innovation and Creativity: Generative AI has the potential to enable humans to be more innovative and creative by providing them with new tools and possibilities to explore, which will lead to a more diverse and dynamic cultural landscape.

  3. Improved Decision-Making: Generative AI can analyze vast amounts of data and provide valuable insights that can inform decision-making in various fields such as medicine, finance, and engineering.

  4. Access to Tools: Generative AI democratizes access to creative tools and makes it possible for non-technical or non-artistic people to create software or art, which will lead to a more inclusive and diverse community of creators. I use ChatGPT and MidJourney.

  5. Future Opportunities: Generative AI is a rapidly growing field, and those who develop skills and expertise in this area will be in high demand in the future, which opens up new career opportunities and possibilities.


So why this blog?


I wanted to explore the interface between Generative AI and Fantasy Gaming, mainly TTRPG and the process it takes to create, produce, update, and execute on content for gamemaster sessions. This is they most time consuming process of gaming, it can be tiring, defeating and soul sucking. AI will help to change all of this.


We have entered and entirely new realm, sometimes you do not want to go, and sometimes you jump in heads first. I choose to jump in head first.


Generative AI is here to stay and it will change how we game. What that will look like is still yet to be seen. But AI is here and it is just getting started.


In this blog you will find hints to what I used to generate some of this content. If you see ** or -- these signify content that I input into ChatGPT or Midjourney.


For example:


This is a Midjourney prompt:


This includes all of the parameters that I used in creating the artwork. Feel free to copy from /imagine and give it a try.


--Midjourney: /imagine a missing heirloom, old Victorian lady, jewels, painting, standing in an entry way of a mansion, sad look, dark, staircase rising in the back, checkered floor, ultrarealistic--


This is a ChatGPT prompt:


**write me the pros and cons of starting building a new D&D world or leveraging an existing world**


In conclusion, generative AI is set to change the fundamentals of our society in many ways. It is a super category that will create and spawn off other categories, and its impact will be felt across many fields and industries. While there are concerns about the impact on the job market, it also has the potential to democratize access to creative tools and enable people to express themselves in new and innovative ways. The full extent of its impact is yet to be seen, but one thing is certain - generative AI is set to play a major role in shaping the future of our world.



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