Three Ways I Actually Use AI

Why ChatGPT and Midjourney et al are worth the hype
4 min readMar 12


Welcome my son, welcome, to the machine

After years of bullshit, the new crop of AI is worth the hype. Text and image generations actually save time (ergo money) and effectively pass the Turing Test. Servers have finally become servants, capable of taking orders. These are 3 ways I have used AI to actually save time and improve my life:

1 | Batch Bullshit

My wife had to get estimated flight costs for 40 academics. Tedious repetitive work. I simply copy/pasted the list in and asked ChatGPT to find:

  1. Their university
  2. The city that’s in
  3. The nearest airport code

Then I had to manually search for flight costs, but Bing can almost do it. Irregardless, it saved me hours of work and made my wife look smart. It was helpful in my life and—if this was my job—would have saved a lot of money (ie, time).

2 | Obdurate Searches

I have a few search queries that just never get answered. One is how to find a GMT (dual-time) watch that accounts for half-hours (ie, the IST timezone I’m in). This is really hard to search for and you have to dig. I could only find two watches because few people have written about them. But the answer exists. ChatGPT gets it.

ChatGPT gave me a list of five that I was much happier with. More conventional watches from Rolex, Omega, Tudor, etc.

Am I going to get one of these $10,000 watches? Not right now, but I just enjoy thinking about it. Mechanical watches are something completely useless and completely detached from reality. Thinking about them is just an escape for me. And ChatGPT makes my thinking better and easier. I’m using it for mere daydreaming, but this AI is powerful.

3 | Daydreaming



Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at, or just email me at