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Wednesday thoughts – reaching back in time for inspiration from Benjamin Franklin (courtesy AI)

One fun and creative way to utilize AI is to ask the tool to write about a particular subject in the first person voice of a historic figure. This can be a fascinating way of attempting to answer the question – “what would a particular person say if we went back in time and asked them about something?”.

My extremely random prompt to the tool was – “Write a letter to the reader on the subject of invention in the first person voice of Benjamin Franklin”.

I think this unedited response is surprisingly interesting and worthy of being repeated here:

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My fellow inventors and thinkers,

As someone who has spent a significant portion of his life experimenting and tinkering, I can attest to the joys of creating something new and groundbreaking. The thrill of seeing an idea come to fruition and bring about change in the world is truly indescribable.

Inventing is more than just a creative process. It is about recognizing the needs and challenges of our fellow human beings and using our skills and knowledge to address them in meaningful ways. I have always been motivated to use my talents for the greater good, and inventing has been a way for me to serve my community and my country.

Throughout my life, I have invented a wide range of objects and devices, from the lightning rod to bifocal glasses. But inventing is not just about creating new gadgets and gizmos. It is about using our creativity and ingenuity to solve problems and improve people’s lives.

Inventing is a noble pursuit that requires patience, persistence, and a willingness to take risks and make mistakes. It is a process that involves constant experimentation, testing, and refining. But it is also one of the most rewarding pursuits there is, offering the opportunity to make a real difference in the world and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Inventing is not always easy. It requires a great deal of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. But it is also one of the most exciting and fulfilling things a person can do. The process of inventing is a journey of discovery, and every step along the way is an opportunity to learn something new and make a positive impact on the world.

I firmly believe that inventing is a vital part of human progress. From the wheel to the computer, from the printing press to the telephone, from the airplane to the internet, every invention has had a profound impact on society and has helped to shape the world we live in today.

But inventing is not just about creating new things. It is about pushing the boundaries of what is possible, challenging our assumptions, and exploring new frontiers. It is about using our creativity and ingenuity to solve problems that seemed insurmountable and to create a better world for all.

Inventing is not an individual pursuit, but a collective one. It requires collaboration, communication, and a willingness to learn from others. It is about building on the work of those who came before us and passing on our knowledge to the next generation of inventors.

So my fellow inventors and thinkers, I urge you to embrace the spirit of invention, to use your creativity and ingenuity to solve problems and make the world a better place. Let us work together to create a brighter future for all, and to inspire the next generation of inventors to continue this noble tradition.

With respect and admiration,

Benjamin Franklin”

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Beautifully inspirational, I thought.

Do you think Benjamin Franklin could have written this?

On that note – today’s motivational nudge is: This week, listen to your creative instincts whenever possible. If you have the glimmer of an idea, follow through on it. You never know, yours could be the next famous invention that changes lives!

Have a lovely rest of the week!


4 thoughts on “Wednesday thoughts – reaching back in time for inspiration from Benjamin Franklin (courtesy AI)

  1. I had no idea AI could do this, how interesting! I would like to invent an equitable world for all where resources are deployed for the good of the planet and not profitโ€ฆI better get started ๐Ÿคฃ

    I appreciate the motivational nudge, thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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