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Highlights: Astrophysicists, doctors, professors and creatives tell how they have incorporated AI tools into their daily lives. Many started playing with fashion platforms recently and ended up finding an ally to get inspiration, solve problems or save time. Others have been working for years with complex algorithms that are a fundamental part of their work. These are professionals from different disciplines that have little or nothing to do with each other, but who implement artificial intelligence tools in their day-to-day lives. For more information about ChatGPT, see more and more information in the video below.

Astrophysicists, doctors, professors and creatives tell how they have incorporated AI tools into their daily lives

Many started playing with fashion platforms recently and ended up finding an ally to get inspiration, solve problems or save time. Others have been working for years with complex algorithms that are a fundamental part of their work. These are professionals from different disciplines that have little or nothing to do with each other, but who implement artificial intelligence tools in their day to day.

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Xavier Pastor, doctor (Barcelona, 66 years old)

"AI can advise the doctor and make a change in the prescription"

Xavier Pastor is a pediatrician who throughout his career has been interested in technological innovation. His first experience with data science dates back to 1984, when he was working on his doctoral thesis. It was a research on newborns with diabetic mothers that required an extensive analysis of data that was carried out with the first personal computers that were used at the University of Barcelona. Since then, this doctor has been passionate about the convergence of medicine and technological research.

In 1996 Pastor was appointed head of medical informatics at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, a center that since 2017 has been investing in AI research. His department handles, for example, data processing projects based on machine learning to generate prescriptions. "If the system feels that the prescription can be improved, it can advise the doctor and make a change to that prescription."

At the hospital, they are using AI in multiple concrete projects. For example, they create virtual models to be able to make predictions of the risks of cancer patients from their tumor biomarkers, work with the early detection of colorectal cancer with deep learning algorithms and also improve with AI radiological readings to discover brain and lung diseases.

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Belén Yu Irureta-Goyena, astrophysicist (Madrid, 24 years old)

"Not only does he know how to do what a person would do, he goes further"

Traditional algorithms "fall short" for the work of Belén Yu Irureta-Goyena. She is an astrophysicist and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, where she tracks asteroids, space junk and satellites in astronomical images.

"I use AI algorithms for something that was previously done with the naked eye. You had one person looking at hundreds of images," he explains. Modern large telescopes capture tens of thousands of images in a short time. Analyzing them manually has become an unassumable task, so it is increasingly necessary to use computerized methods.

The scientist uses specific AI algorithms to identify correlations between data that would not be apparent to a person. "The algorithm can not only do what a human being would do, it goes beyond." He insists that in all sciences artificial intelligence is gaining relevance for its great contribution. Today it is "impossible" not to have automated processes. "AI has facilitated these methods. Not everything necessarily has to be done with it, but in many of the processes AI exceeds the limits of traditional algorithms."

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Juan Hernández, institutional relations consultant (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 29 years old)

"ChatGPT can't go for me a meeting"

Juan Hernández has been using ChatGPT for six months in his work as a consultant for an international financial institution. Like others, he tried at first just out of curiosity and soon realized that it could be very useful. "On one occasion I was very late with deliveries and didn't have a team to ask for help. I said to myself, well, let's shoot." In his first experience, he used ChatGPT to title a research paper. The algorithm provided him with 20 options.

Then it expanded its use. "I can't generate a final document that I would hand to my boss with an AI program, but it's a good starting point." He mainly uses ChatGPT because he considers it to be "the easiest". With it, he proposes the initial development of ideas for research, organizes meetings and presentations, multiplies approaches to present options to undecided clients and translates and corrects texts.

Day-to-day tasks have become easier for Hernandez. "Thinking of 20 titles for a document takes time and these tools propose, almost instantly, those 20 titles or more to choose from or, at least, to be inspired by," he explains. For now, Hernández is not afraid that AI will put him out of work: "ChatGPT has no face and cannot pick me up from a meeting."

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Raphaël Lozano, graphic designer (Drancy, France, 27 years old)

"It's a controversial topic in the design world"

When Raphaël Lozano began to see more and more information about ChatGPT, he became interested in trying generative artificial intelligence. At first he was just curious to see how it worked, but now, he says, he has become a support that he constantly turns to in his work as a graphic designer for Founderholics GmbH, a food supplement company in Germany.

"My life and work haven't changed, but AI has changed the way I do things," she explains. It has replaced some free pages or design programs it used with AI tools. When it helps him the most, he says, is at the beginning of a new project, when working the foundations. It mainly uses ChatGPT, Dall-E and Leonardo AI. The first, for example, makes it easier for you to prepare texts and define character archetypes for project development. Image AIs like Dall-E serve you either to be inspired, or to complete images, make montages, enlarge photos you already have or generate new ones.

In his company he is the only graphic designer, but every day he sees how his colleagues use ChatGPT more for everyday tasks such as writing emails or writing newsletters. "In the world of design it is a controversial issue, because there are those who are totally against using AI programs, among others, for issues such as the use of other people's images without authorization."

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Marvin del Cid, photographer and audiovisual producer (Guatemala City, Guatemala, 49 years old)

"I don't think it's going to make us less creative, it makes us more efficient"

Marvin del Cid is a photographer, video producer and journalist. For each of these disciplines, it takes advantage of AI. He lives in the Dominican Republic and works as a freelancer for companies and media such as Diario Libre, especially on issues related to the environment. Use AI platforms to correct and rewrite texts, generate subtitles or even to get ideas for new projects. "When I'm not convinced of what I'm writing, I use ChatGPT to shape the text. For example, you can give me suggestions to propose new approaches," he explains.

With other platforms such as Gigapixel, Del Cid improves the quality of images when he only has available low-resolution material sent to him or to rescue old photos in analog format. "AI has made me more efficient, it has reduced my time on many tasks. Now I can save two days of work in the process of subtitling videos or improving the voice in a podcast without having to go to a studio."

Del Cid thinks that those who perform tasks like his will sooner or later incorporate AI into their work processes to be more competitive. "I don't think it's going to make us less creative, it makes us more efficient," he says. Although he highlights the usefulness of AI, he believes that there is an ethical nuance in the use of these tools: "A documentary photograph can be improved, never modified." By applying editing tools like Topaz Labs, the result can be an entirely new image.

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Alexandra Daniel, English teacher (Caracas, Venezuela, 35 years old)

"Children will learn to use it as I did"

Alexandra Daniel wasn't familiar with artificial intelligence until very recently, when she started seeing posts on the subject "everywhere." She has lived in Buenos Aires for almost a decade and works as a teacher giving private English lessons to children and teenagers. "Suddenly everyone was talking about this famous ChatGPT and I was very curious. At first it's intimidating to see how he responds to everything and how detailed it is. I decided I wanted to learn how to use it well and realized it could help me a lot in my work."

Now he uses this tool to review texts, write the questions he uses for assignments and when he needs to make summaries of topics that are useful to his students. In addition, he believes that his responsibility is to keep up with technological advances so that he can be "at the same level" as the young people he teaches. He wants his students to see AI as just another tool and not as a shortcut to not doing their homework themselves. "Saying it's bad and banning them from using it doesn't make sense. They will learn to use it as I did."

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Goran Stipcich, Data Scientist (Pula, Croatia, 42 years old)

"Now we talk about ChatGPT, but AI is much more than that"

Goran Stipcich has been fully immersed in the world of artificial intelligence for six years, when he started working in the field of data science because, he says, that field of work generated "curiosity". This engineer and PhD in Applied Mathematics is currently responsible for the data science team at the multinational marketing company Wunderman Thompson. AI is "a huge world," he explains, and in cases like his it's indispensable.

"It's used across the board, from analyzing data to making measurements." He uses it to generate a more personalized marketing, with appropriate recommendations on the web according to the profile of each user. Stipcich applies AI algorithms to aggregate cookie data (information that websites host about users) and generate profiles for companies. The objective of this is that with the available information a more relevant and accurate advertising can be made for each client. This is done, he clarifies, "without following or identifying any person", respecting the privacy of the user of the websites with anonymized data.

"AI covers many areas. Now there's mostly talk about ChatGPT, but it's much more than that."

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Azucena Vázquez, teacher training advisor (Barcelona, 41 years old)

"It allows me to save hours of work every day"

The Spiral Association, Education and Technology is an NGO dedicated to the training of school and institute teachers in technology and digital innovation in the classroom, including the use of artificial intelligence. Azucena Vázquez, as vice president of the entity and as a teacher, highlights the importance of these tools that she uses for her daily work. She is now mainly dedicated to administrative tasks of the NGO and AI makes her day-to-day life a little easier.

One of Vázquez's tasks is to create educational plans for teachers and informative content related to digitalization: "I apply it, for example, in the design of teaching material for teachers to learn." This teacher says that AI allows her to save hours of work every day: "It is useful because it allows me to get rid of time that I would dedicate to routine work and use it for new things."

To make video tutorials, for example, Vázquez highlights how AI allows you to save the work of writing the subtitles that all videos must carry. "Then all I do is watch the video with the text he proposes to me and I make the decision if that's okay or not. I can edit on the fly what the app transcribes." In this way, Vázquez keeps up to date on technological advances and their possibilities within the classroom.

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