Mindful Musings: What I’m loving, artificial intelligence and more..

In the Mindful Musings series, Dr Elise Bialylew reflects upon what she is loving, artificial intelligence and more.. 


The recent explosion of artificial intelligence has grabbed my attention and pulled me into a deep exploration.


Alongside learning how to be more present in my everyday life, I think a lot about how this looks in the context of an increasingly distractible world. How do we create a Mindful Future?


Everyone’s been talking about ChatGPT but this is just the tip of a technological iceberg that’s about to cause some big disruption in our world.


I was recently on a hike with a girlfriend who hasn’t been following the latest unfolding. She asked me to share what I’d learned. I warned her I may be a firehose of information as I’ve been voraciously exploring the topic.


Here are a few things that came up along that walk that you might be interested in.


What I’m reading…

Scary Smart is a relatively accessible book about Artificial Intelligence and current concerns about its evolution, written by Mo Gawat, an ex-googler who has worked in AI for decades. It’s a must read for anyone who wants to understand why we are at such an important transition in the development of AI.


What I’m watching…

A friend who I respect, recently flicked me this talk and said “it’s a must watch” – and it is! Tristan Harris, founder of The Centre for Humane Technology who featured in The Social Dilemma, has now created a talk called “The A.I Dilemma”. I watched in both shock and amazement. If you’re feeling a bit fragile at the moment – it might be better to wait until you’re centred, to watch this.


What I’m listening to…

I’ve been ravenously consuming any podcast I can find about A.I. Here is one that really stood out. It explores the concerns about A.I that many top A.I experts are waving their hands about. I must admit and warn that the content in this podcast may be a little unsettling, but I’m not one to keep my head under a rock. I’ve also chosen to believe in the optimistic possibilities that may unfold from this unprecedented moment in time on our planet.


Some words I’m pondering…

Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion.
~ Ray Kurzweil


If you watch or listen to any of the above, please hit reply and let me know your reflections. I’m on the other side of this email and even though I can’t get to all the responses, I personally read all of them and love hearing from you.




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"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."




Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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