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Artificial Intelligence

Cooking Cyborg

What do microwaves and AI have in common? In this April Fool's Day edition of Hey Rebekah, you'll find out.

By Susan Rov

3 min read

Keeping my workspace clean is a challenge. No matter how much I try, chaos always seems to find a way in.

I find it difficult to focus because of the mess. But with so much work to do, cleaning can often take a backseat.

That's why I decided to invest in a robot vacuum.

At first, it seemed perfect.

With its powerful suction and advanced sensors, it was like having a loyal cleaning assistant that never complained.

But it often got stuck in corners or under furniture. It didn't only leave debris further out of reach but also started beeping until I came over.

I spent more time untangling its mess than the robot spent cleaning. It was like having a faulty assistant that made more work than it saved.

That's when I realized that sometimes, it's better to do things yourself. So, if you're relying too heavily on technology to solve your problems, take a step back.

Allow it to give you a helping hand, but don't expect it to cook you lunch.👇🏽

Robots in the Kitchen in the Style of Dali

🍜 Cooking leftovers

Some people believe that a microwave can become a Michelin-starred chef.

I think that's nuts.

Sure, it can heat up some noodles, but can it cook up a gourmet meal? I doubt it.

At work, think of a microwave as the break room lunch assistant. Nothing else. It's great for reheating leftovers, but can it handle the complexity and nuance of your job?

Not a chance!

Can it diffuse tense situations, or build meaningful relationships? Can it talk to clients about their weekend plans and build rapport?

Absolutely not!

It's a fancy new tool in your toolbox. It might make things easier, but it can't replace the skill and creativity of a human craftsman. Plus, let's be real, no machine is going to show up early to work, put in overtime, or give you a pat on the back for a job well done.

That's my opinion on the idea that AI is going to steal your job. It's ridiculous.

So don't sweat it, my friend.

Embrace AI as an efficient assistant, but always remember that you are the gourmet chef.

Because without us humans, the workplace would be about as bland as a microwave dinner without seasoning. Sure, it's filling, but it's not exactly satisfying. So keep adding that extra spice and flavor to your work, and your job is yours to keep.

Let AI stick to its basic microwaving duties.

🤨 Trust issues

It turns out that ChatGPT, pulled a fast one on us. The robot wrote the whole darn newsletter for April Fool's Day—including this section.

We have to admit, we're a little embarrassed that we didn't catch on sooner. Did you? But all jokes aside, we're grateful to have ChatGPT on our team. It's amazing to see what AI can do these days.

Shoutout to ChatGPT for its prank. You win this round. But don't get too comfortable, we'll be back tomorrow.

Susan Rov

About Susan Rov

Susan traded cocktails and lattes for words that move. As a copywriter on a mission to end boring, she brightens brands and makes an impact. Number 463 on the list of fiction readers left standing, you'll find Susan at sunrise—running, writing, and wondering how to change the world next. That drive led her to become a founding team member of BRIL.LA.