The World, it’s a Changin’!
Maybe you’ve noticed a tiny bit of progress in AI (Artificial Intelligence) in the last few months? Personally, I’ve turned into a little gremlin crawling through random code repositories looking for new gold nuggets of cool AI tech and playing with them in my virtual machines.
Every single day something absolutely groundbreaking happens with AI. It’s scary, but also extremely cool!
With only a few years left before the omniscient singularity takes control, I say we squeeze out every bit of functionality we can and speed up our learning on how to be apocalypse proof🙃.
All ‘jokes’ aside, I’m a steadfast proponent of leveraging technology to enhance our learning experience, and I’m excited to introduce our latest venture – the development of an AI, specifically trained on the treasure trove of content from Dr. Patrick Jones.
Herbal Learners… Meet Herbert!
Rooted in the rich soil of Dr. Jones’ tens of thousands of documents, articles, and notes, Herbert is a cutting-edge resource aimed at assisting you on your journey of learning botanical medicine. This AI model has been painstakingly developed, taking into account the intricate nuances of Dr. Jones’ extensive writings, case studies, and practical experiences.
The future of our Homegrown Herbalist program is about to be game-changing, with this AI playing a central role in enhancing the course’s dynamism and accessibility.
Imagine having a 24/7 mentor, one who can provide detailed explanations of complex concepts, or offer an instant refresher on any of Dr. Jones’ teachings.
No other school of natural medicine on the planet can compete with the value and convenience that Herbert brings to the table.
Beyond his delightful quips and attitude, Herbert offers several compelling benefits. The model’s capabilities include recalling (mostly) precise details from Dr. Jones’ extensive work, providing students with (mostly) consistent and (mostly) accurate information at their fingertips. It can also facilitate interactive learning experiences, which are integral to effective knowledge acquisition. Moreover, the AI system is tireless, providing support to students whenever they need it, eliminating time and geographical constraints.
At this point it’s essential to mention that while the AI is a powerful tool, it is
(mostly) not a replacement for human interaction and personal mentorship provided by Doc and our other our experienced instructors. It is a supplementary tool designed to enhance the existing learning infrastructure.
Despite the excitement, the road to AI integration is not devoid of challenges. One major technical hurdle is ensuring the AI accurately captures the nuances and context of Dr. Jones’s work without diluting his distinctive voice and style. Training the model required careful curation of the data, and numerous iterations of fine-tuning to strike the right balance between machine learning efficiency and human-like interaction.
There is one thing I need to make abundantly clear. Herbert cannot draw from experiences beyond the scope of its training, which is entirely limited to the words, lessons, notes, and scripts that Doc Jones has written. The model learned from the data it is trained on, and it can’t self-learn, generate original thoughts, access the internet, or connect with any external systems or resources beyond the Document Index and the Natural Language Model. He is totally disconnected from everything and lives in a fishbowl that has been filled with PDF’S and PowerPoints Written by Doc and has no idea who you are or what your hopes and dreams are. There is ZERO persistent memory beyond his current conversation, and he cannot access, save or remember anything about you. Just as an AI should be 🙂
The journey of integrating AI into our Homegrown Herbalist School is both thrilling and challenging. But I’m confident that with your support, and the tireless efforts of our team (which is just fancy-speak for Evan coding in the dark whilst recovering from a tonsillectomy), we’ll be able to navigate these challenges and create a robust and enriching learning environment, nurturing a new generation of Homegrown Herbalists.
In the near future, I’ll be bringing a small (small–small-small) number of engaged students onboard to beta test Herbert, but we’re still a good 3-6+ weeks away from my comfort zone to release ’em.
As I continue to prepare Herbert for his big debut, I look forward to sharing updates with you, and sincerely thank you for joining me on this exciting journey!
IT – HomeGrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine & HomesteadAcademy.com