Monday, June 19, 2023

Why Working from Home Makes Sense

I've been working from home for over 20 years now, and I love the fact that the world is finally catching on to this phenomenon. However, I find the constant deluge of companies, and even individuals, pushing to end WFH disheartening. If you look at who wants to end it, it is the large corporations and people with huge investments in office buildings. Well, that makes sense, since they want people back in the office... it's all about power and control. This is more about their inability to be effective leaders, not employees lack of results.

What the leaders and management don't understand (or choose to ignore) is the fact that by not micromanaging people and letting them create and accomplish the tasks assigned to them in the manner they choose, they improve corporate creativity, productivity, and value. The benefits to employees, such as no commute, no childcare required, flexibility in schedules, less cost for work clothing, ability to work for anywhere, and many more, all make the work environment much more enjoyable and can improve employee retention.

For a management perspective, we as leaders need to learn to manage by task, and not by hours. Give someone a task to do, set a deadline for when you want it done, and then keep tabs on the progress. Maybe that means a daily 15-minute standup, or maybe just a weekly report. It depends on the task.

Of course all of this means that we also have to be more involved with understanding what it is that needs to be done, and better at estimating the time to do it. Getting feedback from employees and communication is key, and of course reviewing accomplishments or missed deadlines to find root causes.

It's all a matter of perspective. Although WFH is not right for every job, it is NOT going away, and corporate leaders need to accept that fact

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Generating Content Using ChatGPT: A Real-World Proof of Concept

As artificial intelligence continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, more and more innovative applications are emerging. One particularly exciting development is the use of AI to generate high-quality, relevant content. In this article, we'll take a deep dive into a real-world proof of concept that harnesses the power of OpenAI's language model, ChatGPT, to populate a WordPress site with AI-generated content. 

The Magic of ChatGPT

ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is an AI language model that can create human-like text. It has been widely celebrated for its potential applications in various fields, including content generation, virtual assistance, and much more. The model generates responses by analyzing the input provided to it, creating contextually relevant replies that have the coherence and creativity of human writing.

Exploring the Proof of Concept

I developed this proof of concept project to explore and demonstrate the capabilities of ChatGPT to generate high-quality content for a WordPress website named [GeekTalk]( The goal of the project is to showcase the potential applications of AI in content creation and blogging, and to better understand the integrations and prompts.

GeekTalk acts as a fully automated platform, where articles are created by AI, reviewed, and then posted. It serves as an excellent example of how automation can be leveraged in the world of content creation, making the entire process more efficient.

Behind the Scenes: The Code

The backbone of this proof of concept project is the code that integrates the power of ChatGPT with WordPress. You can access the code [here]( to gain an understanding of how the ChatGPT API is utilized to generate and post content on the site. 

The core principle involves invoking the ChatGPT API, obtaining the generated content, and then leveraging WordPress's REST API to create new posts and images on the site. It's a seamless integration that has been crafted with precision and scalability in mind.

This code provides an excellent opportunity for those interested in AI, machine learning, and automation to explore a real-world application. Developers and enthusiasts can take a deep dive into the code to understand how to call the ChatGPT API and how to integrate it with a popular content management system like WordPress.