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GPT, Finance Terms, Barriers to Change, Visual Thinking, Rule of Three, Risk, Dimensions of Burnout: TMW #324

Hey there, welcome to the week!

Well, yes, GAI, ChatGPT, GPT-4 and everything else have been among the most-discussed topics in the community for the last week or two. We've seen members chatting about how they're considering working LLMs into their architecture, product features, and in some cases into the core of their businesses. It's an exciting time to be working on technology projects. There's also some concern - how to avoid dropping behind the curve? How to avoid being asked to include AI functionality for the sake of it? Which parts of the leadership or developer roles will it simplify, and which parts will it remove altogether, if any?

We'd love to hear your views on AI, the conversations and ideas it's prompted for you, your concerns, or anything else you think might be interesting - drop us a reply!

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That's it, see you next week!

Andy @ CTO Craft

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Culture, People & Teams

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