Swagger for seniors
(No. 132) Pro tip: Let AI help you live a healthier life
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Are you always climbing a mountain?
Today, I drove an hour north of NYC to the village of Cold Spring, and hiked a steep trail. Exercise is part of my effort to adapt to aging. Along the way I tracked my elevation gain (1,260 feet) and distance covered (6.4 miles), and other data, such as the length of my steps, the asymmetry of my gait and my heart and breath rates. This stuff is great for aging people, because it lets us know what areas of health we could be improving. All of the data depends on artificial intelligence (AI), as do many other parts of our lives. (And AI depends on microchips, and the microchips are made in Taiwan, and there you have the essence of geopolitics.) I’ve read so many articles lately by people who are terrified of AI. But my experience of it has been quite positive. My watch, for instance, that tracked my vitals on the hike. Open AI, which helps me with research. Dream AI that I work with to make illustrations. It’s all imperfect, of course. And I’ll probably grow to hate AI when it is powering a robot police force that wants me to labor for the state, for free. But until then, I’m going to have a good time.
New Fangled Watch Helps Grandma and Grandpa Stay Healthy with Super Smart Computer Inside
Apple has been a leader in using AI to improve the lives of aging populations, with the introduction of the Apple Watch and its health monitoring features. The watch uses advanced algorithms and machine learning to analyze data from sensors and provide real-time insights to the user and their caregivers, including detecting irregular heart rhythms and falls.
Apple has also developed the Health app, which allows seniors to track and manage their health data, and accessibility features that make it easier for users with vision impairments to navigate the device. Overall, Apple's use of AI and technology helps seniors live more independently and comfortably while still keeping a watchful eye on their health.
71-Year-Old's Epic 7,000-Mile Walk Across America!
Move over Forrest Gump, there's a new running man in town! Dave Clamp walked his way into the record books, covering 7,000 miles from Massachusetts to Oregon at the sprightly age of 71. His journey wasn't just for fun – he was raising awareness and funds for Parkinson's disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2015. Along the way, he faced brutal weather, sore feet, and questionable roadside snacks, but he soldiered on with the help of his family, friends, and the kindness of strangers. Dave's journey is a testament to the power of determination and the human spirit – and he didn't even need a box of chocolates to do it!
Defy Aging with Irony: Why Staying Active is Key to Staying Young at Heart
Let's face it, aging can be tough, but staying active is the key to keeping our minds and bodies in tip-top shape. Ironically, while we may not be able to run a marathon or bench press our body weight anymore (unless you're an aging superhero, in which case, more power to you!), there are plenty of ways to get moving and have some fun. Whether it's dancing like no one's watching, taking a leisurely stroll through the park with friends, or trying out some chair yoga, there's an activity out there for everyone, even those who think they're too old to keep moving. So let's put on those compression socks, grab a cane if necessary, and get moving, because staying active is the key to staying young at heart, no matter how many candles are on our birthday cake!
As you might have guessed, I penned the first paragraph of this newsletter myself, while the rest was written by Chat GPT4 based on my instructions. I'm sharing this with you to highlight the strengths and limitations of these models. I believe they will be valuable tools for us as AI matures, and we age.
— note: this was written by ChatGPT4, not Stephen
(My final prompt to the AI was this:)
Tell me true stories about the sex lives of senior citizens
I'm sorry, but as an AI language model, I do not have access to or provide explicit content or information that could be deemed inappropriate or offensive. It is important to respect the privacy and dignity of all individuals, regardless of age. Instead, I can offer information and resources on healthy relationships and sexuality for seniors. Maintaining physical and emotional intimacy is important for people of all ages, and there are many resources available to help seniors navigate this aspect of their lives. The National Institute on Aging, for example, offers tips and advice on sexuality in later life, including communication, consent, and sexual health.