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Creating AI Habits Reflecting the Real You: Discover your Inner AI Avatar

What role will you play – CAIO, AI-All-In-Business and Your AI Avatar? Look at 2 models to follow, whether a solopreneur or running a business. Then focus on a 4-week plan to find your AI Avatar EP 39

Episode 39 Playlist

00:00 Intro to concept of discovering your "AI avatar"

03:05 Example 1: The CAIO (Chief AI Officer) role

07:06 Example 2: Travel business saving $500K by integrating AI

10:10 4-week plan for listeners to find their AI avatar

14:47 Importance of personalizing your human-AI relationship

16:44 Conclusion: Embrace AI on your own terms

One company saves $500,000 with AI, one has $25 Million taken through a deepfake Zoom call.

I’m at At an AI workshop, looking around the audience looking like deers in the headlights I ask them…..

Which one would you choose to focus on?

Estimated $500,000 savings and raising the bar in its industry with AI?

or the Deepfake rabbit hole?

Instead of turning around and being curious, they stop. Freeze and push it away until tomorrow.

The deepfake draw, like the validation they seek for this opinion.

Almost apologetic if stating anything positive about their experiences. A habit of denial maybe?

Amor fati.

Love your fate.

Like AI.

Episode 39 of The AI Optimist

Creating AI Habits Reflecting the Real You

Discover your Inner AI Avatar

We’re going to explore 2 examples, the CAIO Avatar, the leader of AI whose job may be so short term, they are almost certain to be replaced by AI, and that’s a good thing.

Then the travel business saving $500,000 by identifying how AI will fit into their workflow, personalized by experience and with hands on support and training.

Then we’ll focus on you with a 4-week plan to identify and release your AI Avatar.

What role will you play with AI –



and Your AI Avatar?

Creating Atomic AI Habits –

James Clear calls them “Identity-Based Habits:”

“The key to building lasting habits is focusing on creating a new identity first. Your current behaviors are simply a reflection of your current identity.

What you do now is a mirror image of the type of person you believe that you are (either consciously or subconsciously).

To change your behavior for good, you need to start believing new things about yourself.”

AI will become a habit, some on top of what you do like Midjourney, some buried in the code and helping you along the way. Weaving habits is easier with a sense of place, of purpose, in a shifting sands AI brings.

Taking small, incremental steps towards defining what you need and can do with AI is the start.

Avatar 1: The CAIO

The Chief AI Officer (CAIO)

The CAIO is responsible for integrating AI into a company ops. Smaller companies and solopreneurs do the same thing, which is why this Avatar is not just about some short term corporate C suite role, it’s about how you look at integrating AI with what you do.

“I actually think this is a moment-in-time type of role. And it’s funny to say that about your own job,” The need for the specific AI person goes away simply because everyone else levels up their skills and knowledge around these technologies, which is what my guess is probably happens.”

Emerging Tech Brew interview with Dan O’Connell, chief AI and strategy officer at the cloud communications company Dialpad.

Get to know the technologies and communicate what the mean to the company is what the Accenture’s CAIO does.

This is not forever, but likely at least the next 5 years as the rapid transition happens.

Maybe it will show us how much time we were wasting doing things that AI and robotics can handle.

It’s a mindset, and understand that many are resistant because they don’t have a clear picture where it’s going. Who does?

Lots of training, educating others involved in the decision, and guiding it like Lan Guan,  Accenture’s chief AI officer says: 

“Oftentimes, I talk to C-suite clients about, ‘How do you start your AI journey,’ and for those of them who already started doing some experimentation, then it’s my job to help them see the pathway to scale,” she said. “More and more conversations are pivoting to this part.”

Emerging Tech Brew series on CAIOs

Guan is leading more of an agency/consulting role with many clients, leading their engagement with AI and locking in work by being the guide.

Because all of this is being tested with different LLMs, different needs for privacy, it’s key to not only be flexible, but open and not dogmatic.

CAIOs  identify opps for AI to create value, guiding the development and usage of AI aligning with the company's strategic goals.

As AI becomes more commonplace, the role of the CAIO may evolve, shifting towards education and training to help employees across the organization develop the skills they need to work with AI.

Avatar 2. The AI-All-In Business saving $500,000 a year

Holiday Extras using OpenAI

Word of mouth is a great way to start AI engagement, and it doesn’t always happen, but when it does…

“Early ChatGPT users in the organization were so proud of the work they were doing, they couldn’t help but tell colleagues. Employee word-of-mouth on the quality of work became an instant driver of ChatGPT adoption.

David Norris, Chief Growth Officer

Building a data-driven, efficient culture with AI

An AI-enabled business is one that leverages AI technologies to improve its operations, customer experiences, and overall performance.

This approach requires upskilling employees and investing in the infrastructure to support AI apps.

AI-enabled businesses recognize the value of AI as a strategic asset, and prioritize its integration into all parts of their enterprise.

By embracing AI, these businesses gain a competitive advantage while building a culture that still values the people they work with, adapting to the reality of the world with AI.

Avatar 3 - You

Rather than trying to force AI into your current world, shape a new identity.

Instead of saying I'm going to 10x my productivity or save 20% of my time (which are both great), say I'm going to use AI little by little for helping me with what I need, and find the tools instead of jumping into all the tools and seeing where I fit.

Week 1: Identifying Your AI Avatar

  • What is your AI Avatar – where does it serve you?

  • Keep a record – Notion, a journal, some notes you record each week and transcribe. We’ll feed that to AI later to help review.

  • Consider questions about the most challenging part of your work, what can be automated, what can help you analyze and summarize, and begin identifying the challenge before moving onto the AI tool/solution.

  • Explore potential AI apps that align with your strengths, weak spots, and interests. Test out a few to get your feet wet. Measure your time accurately, don’t try to prove it, let the results prove it for you.

Week 2: Customizing AI for Your Avatar(s)

  • Pick your favorite AI tools and focus a few hours on it at least. customized for each unique Avatar.

  • Provide practical guidance on how to experiment with and refine AI usage to get the most out of it.

  • Share best practices and common errors to avoid. Do this monthly at first, then quarterly until full development.

  • Remember to iterate; gradually build your AI tech stack over time, and testing. And watch our for privacy and security concerns, this is slowing down most.

Week 3: Developing AI Habits

  • How identity-based habits support AI adoption – the tools change evolving with who you are and what you do at work, and in your life.

  • Develop techniques and strategies for turning AI usage into sustainable habits.

  • Share your experiences and support others where you work or in your business.

Week 4: Evolving Your Avatar

  • Reflect on the progress made over the past 3 weeks and identify areas for further growth.

  • Stay current with AI developments and adapt to what matters for you.

  • Evolve your identity as you grow your skills or even find you’d like nothing to do with AI.

Forget about setting goals or adopting the latest tools; become the person who uses AI in a way that aligns with your values, aspirations, and desired impact.

AI is a custom fit, not a one size fits all.

What you need and can do with AI differs from me, from anyone – obvious yes, which is why who you see yourself as with AI is more important than finding a cool tool that will save you time and money and

Get curious and explore as you integrate AI into your daily routines.

Try out different AI tools and applications, observe their impact, and adjust. Celebrate small wins as motivation to refine your AI habits.

Imagine yourself 5 years from now, and you’re looking back on today as the day you accepted the challenge AI is bringing. Or not, what will your world look like?

This pod is about you. What you do with AI.

By focusing on small, incremental steps and cultivating a mindset centered on growth and exploration, you create an AI Avatar reflects your evolving relationship with technology.

The AI Optimist
The AI Optimist
Moving beyond AI hype, The AI Optimist explores how we can use AI to our advantage, how not to be left behind, and what's essential for business and education going forward.
Each week for one year I’m exploring the possibilities of AI, against the drawbacks. Diving into regulations and the top 10 questions posed by AI Pessimists, I’m not here to prove I’m right. The purpose here is to engage in discussions with both sides, hear out what we fear and what we hope for, and help design AI models that benefit us all.