.NET Conf, and yet more on AI

.Net Conf was this week. I caught a few sessions here and there, but not much. Maybe I can check the playlist and catch up on anything good that I missed over the weekend. The main point of the conference was to push .NET 8. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s… fine. But there’s nothing there that makes me want to jump on it and start moving older projects over to it.

Meanwhile, I’m continuing to try to learn more about ChatGPT and other generative AI / LLM topics. I finished a LinkedIn course called ChatGPT for Web Developers this week, and that was kind of useful. I’d reached the point where I was ready to sign up for ChatGPT Plus, so I could play around with GPT 4 and other advanced stuff, but now there’s a waitlist. I guess there was so much interest from the DevDay stuff, that they couldn’t keep up. (I wonder how much money/hardware/etc. it takes to keep ChatGPT running. I know it’s a lot, but…)

So, since I couldn’t give OpenAI any of my money, I threw some at Poe instead. I gave them $200 for a year’s subscription. I’m not sure if Poe is worth that much, but at least I can now use GPT 4, albeit only through Poe’s interface. Maybe I’ll experiment with Poe’s bot creation tools, though I don’t know if I have any compelling bot ideas. Oh, and of course, as soon as I paid for Poe, I noticed that work started blocking it. So I guess work is committed to blocking all AI chatbots except our internal one, and the Bing/Copilot one. (Which is fine… Bing/Copilot chat works well enough, I guess.)

I actually used the Bing/Copilot chatbot a lot over the last few days, as I was trying to figure out how to solve a specific problem with a project I’m working on. It was useful, but I could probably have gotten just as far with old-fashioned internet searches. It might have taken a little longer though.

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