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The hype is real: a mysterious gpt2-chatbot model has appeared on the LLM Arena Leaderboard in the last 24h.

“It seems to be at least on par with the top performing models (closed and open).”


Some people swear it’s GPT4.5, nailing all the tricky logic questions that were impossible before, some say it’s just a prank from OpenAI.

Take your bet, what do you think it is?

Now let’s make you smarter and more productive with the AI Second Brain:

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 this week, Big Brain:

  1. Key Metrics Prompt

  2. Zapier Central Agents

  3. Goals Salience

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

P.S. If you missed the newsletter from last week: Llama 3 is a BEAUTY + AI HACKS you NEED to know

1/3 Power Prompt:

Finally this weekend I got a break. And I made a HORRIBLE realization.

I’ve been doing it all WRONG in the last 3 months.

I need to share this with you because you might be making the same mistake as me:


In the age of AI, “busy work” will RUIN you.

Just putting in the hours, great effort, means absolutely NOTHING.

Because we are transitioning from repetitive grunt work (to grow slowly) towards creative problem-solving (what actually moves the needle, fast).

And to help you with this, here’s my tailored prompt to figure out the right metrics for you and make them actionable and measurable.

Copy-paste it from this Doc and give it a spin TODAY, before it’s too late and you waste more time on “busy work”:

2/3 Leverage the AI Brain

Zapier Central, a new place for your AI Agents?

The good folks at Zapoer are cooking something that combines the intelligence of AI with an automation platform. They are trying to build bots that work more like teammates than programs.

I gave it a quick spin and I’m impressed! It’s not perfect but they are improving fast.

Main advantage: 0 code!

It is currently in active development and available as a public preview. They are allowing you to try it for free.

85% of all AI Projects Fail, but AE Studio Delivers

If you have a big idea and think AI should be part of it, meet AE.

We’re a development, data science and design studio working with founders and execs on custom software solutions. We turn AI/ML ideas into realities–from chatbots to NLP and more.

Tell us about your visionary concept or work challenge and we’ll make it real. The secret to our success is treating your project as if it were our own startup.

3/3 Sharper Human Brain

This week:

Goal Salience: Making your goals impossible to ignore

The ART of choosing and setting effective goals is fundamental to success. And understanding how to make your goals highly salient can dramatically impact your focus and achievement rates.

Goal salience involves making goals highly visible and continuously apparent in your daily activities. When goals are salient, they are top of mind, influencing your decisions and actions constantly.

3 Strategies to increase goal salience

  1. Visual Reminders: Place visual cues in your workspace that remind you of your goals. This could be a vision board, goal charts, or strategic placement of sticky notes. The key is to keep these reminders within your regular line of sight.

  2. Align Tasks with Goals: For every task you undertake, ask how it aligns with your goals. This practice reinforces the relevance of your goals and also helps prioritize your daily activities.

  3. Set Trigger-Based Reminders: Use technology to set reminders that trigger at specific times or locations to remind you of your goals. Apps that send notifications or scheduled emails can serve this purpose well.

Goal salience is a critical yet often overlooked aspect of successful entrepreneurship in my opinion.

By making your goals unmistakable and continuously apparent, you can maintain an unwavering focus on what truly matters.

My goals are now visible as soon as I open my eyes in the morning, on a blackboard.

AI IQ Boost you got today:

  1. Key Metrics Prompt

  2. Zapier Central Agents

  3. Goals Salience

EXTRA Resources, if you want to take action today:

  • AI Tutoring / Automation Consulting / Project with me: Book a call (paid)

  • The 4-Hour AI Workweek, my comprehensive AI productivity course: check it out and use code “NORTHB” to get $23 off HERE.

  • Free Resources and Guides: My website.

You can also support this little independent newsletter, buy me an espresso so I can research and write more for you:


- 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.

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