You are NOT in the AI 1%

Here's what's happening

The AI Second Brain

(shorter, cooler, smarter, written with Italian love)

Saturday special edition, because I read a report on AI at work and you NEED to know this.

LinkedIn & Microsoft surveyed 31,000 people across 31 countries.

“75% of knowledge workers use AI to get stuff done.”

NO, we are not the 1%. AI is mainstream.

66% of leaders WON'T hire without AI skills.” (This includes non-tech roles)

Ignore AI, become unemployable.

'Shadow AI' is happening.

80% of employees in smaller companies use AI tools without official approval.

“ALL generations leverage AI”

From boomers (73%) to Gen Z (85%), employees across generations are embracing AI in the workplace.


Overall this report changed my perspective on AI in the workplace to be honest…

AI is NOT for the 1% anymore, and it feels the same like mastering English and Excel in 2015: VITAL for our career.

(Let me know your thoughts. You can answer this email.)

Now let’s make you smarter and more productive with the AI Second Brain, to get you in the 1%:

I’m Alex Northstar: consultant, educator on practical AI & automation, predicted smart chatbots in 2017, helped Google in 2021, accelerating 10.000 high-performers and businesses in 2024.

Here’s the AI value that you get today in less than 10 min, Big Brain:

  1. Burst Writer Prompt

  2. Ms. Smith

  3. Fast Feynman Learning

Let’s deep dive into the productive AI Brain to win 2024!

P.S. If you missed the previous newsletter: The skill that KILLS businesses

1/3 Power Prompt:

If you are still struggling with the AI robo-talk, today I found an advanced prompt to try out:

Prompt to copy-paste and enhance AI writing: 

When it comes to writing content, two factors are crucial, "perplexity" and "burstiness." Perplexity measures the complexity of text. Separately, burstiness compares the variations of sentences. Humans tend to write with greater burstiness, for example, with some longer or complex sentences alongside shorter ones. AI sentences tend to be more uniform. Therefore, when writing the following content I am going to ask you to create, I need it to have a good amount of perplexity and burstiness. Here is the topic and additional details: [TITLE] [DETAILS]

You might be surprised.

Credit: Reddit user dinga_dong- in /ChatGPTPro

2/3 Leverage the AI Brain

Learn a new language today, give Ms. Smith GPT a try!

(I currently speak 4 languages, but if Ms. Smith existed 5 years ago now I would probably speak 15 languages…)

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3/3 Sharper Human Brain


The Fast Feynman Learning Technique

The ability to learn quickly and effectively gives high performers a competitive edge. One of the most efficient methods for mastering new concepts is the Feynman Technique.

Named after Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist known for his ability to explain complex ideas simply.

Steps to Implement the Feynman Technique

  1. Choose a Concept: Start with a concept you want to learn about. Write down everything you know about the topic on a blank sheet of paper.

  2. Teach It to a Child: Try to explain the concept as if you were teaching it to a child. Use simple language and avoid jargon. This step forces you to make the concept clear and accessible.

  3. Identify Gaps in Understanding: As you explain, pay attention to areas where you struggle to use simple explanations. These are the gaps in your understanding. Go back to your source materials to learn more about these gaps.

  4. Review and Simplify: Once you have a solid understanding, review your explanation. Can it be simplified further? This step helps refine your understanding and ability to communicate the concept effectively.

At the end of the day clarity of explanation is clarity of thought. Most of the time when I used this technique I caught myself THINKING I knew things.

But what came out of my mouth did not back this up 🙂 (“illusion of knowledge”)

AI IQ Boost you got today:

  1. Burst Writer Prompt

  2. Ms. Smith

  3. Fast Feynman Learning

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- Alex N🌟

P.S. if you have questions or looking for solutions, just answer this email, I try to answer and be helpful, I’m a human, not an AI. Yet.

Teaching practical AI in Torino this week :)

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