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For Valentine’s Day, I asked various #chatbots, “What would a romantic robot say?”

Google’s #Gemini gave me nine suggestions. Three in each of three categories.

Each of the others only gave me one.

It would not have been hard for me to have asked any of the others for multiple choices in multiple categories, but I didn’t think of it.

I could have re-asked the question several times. I didn’t.

It would have presumably been easy for the other chatbots to have given me multiple answers in multiple categories.

They didn’t.

Gemini’s answer, on average, may have been the poorest of the lot. But I won’t ever care about its average answer; I care about its best; the best for my particular unspecified purpose. Gemini had a huge advantage here.

A little while ago, I wrote a #CustomGPT named Diverse Image Creator to make cover art for my LinkedIn articles. Some of the power is that it takes care of the details like the aspect ratio, but perhaps more of the power is that it gives me several very different answers to choose among.

As different as the image at the beginning of this article and the one at its end.


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Posted by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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