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Flipping the Script: A Unique Dialogue with ChatGPT

August 26, 202313 min read

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, the art of conversation often becomes a one-way street, especially when it comes to AI. But what happens when you 'flip the script' and let the machine ask the questions? I decided to try this approach in a recent dialogue with ChatGPT, OpenAI's conversational AI. The ensuing interaction was not just a series of automated responses but a dynamic exchange of ideas, insights, and even a touch of humor. This blog post delves into the fascinating outcomes of this experiment, offering a fresh perspective on human-AI interaction. It's not just about asking the right questions; sometimes, it's about who's doing the asking.

Me: Hi ChatGPT, for a change of pace, how about you ask me questions about the Dream app by Wombo?

AI Conversing with Human

ChatGPT: Of course, Terza! It's interesting to delve into your experience with the Dream app by Wombo. Here are some questions:

(Note: for the sake of reading, I reformatted the seven questions and answers to be an interview format instead of a list of questions.)

Q1: What initially drew you to try the Dream app?

Me: I was intrigued by the idea that I could create art just by entering words. Then it became a game to see what I could create. As I got better at it, I began to experiment with adding different words, including completely irrelevant words to see what could be created.

ChatGPT: That sounds like a fascinating journey of exploration and creativity. The concept of generating art from textual input is a unique blend of language and visuals. It's intriguing how you've taken it a step further by experimenting with irrelevant words. It's almost like you're probing the boundaries of the AI's creativity while pushing your own. Have you found that this approach has influenced your other artistic endeavors or even your ecommerce business?

Me: Well, I was already experimenting with mixing in irrelevant items when I was creating physical art, so using irrelevant words to experiment with AI art was a natural carryover. As far as my eCommerce business, I haven’t yet tried to push the boundaries. This current conversation is the first one I’ve tried.

ChatGPT: It's fascinating how your inclination to mix in "irrelevant" elements has translated from your physical art to your digital explorations with AI art. That kind of experimental spirit can be a valuable asset in any creative field. Given that you're already probing the capabilities of AI in art creation, you might find exciting ways to incorporate that into your ecommerce business as well. Perhaps using the unexpected and innovative AI-generated designs on your print-on-demand products could set your offerings apart in a crowded marketplace. It's an untapped avenue that could bring a unique flair to your brand.

Q2: How often do you use the app in your artistic workflow?

Me: A lot! I try out a lot of ideas in the app. I also try many prompts that other artists have used in Midjourney. These produce completely different creations and help me to improve my creations in Dream.

ChatGPT: It sounds like the Dream app has become an integral part of your artistic process. The fact that you're also leveraging prompts from other artists in Midjourney shows you're not just using these tools in isolation but are engaging in a form of digital "cross-training" to enhance your skills. This strategy could make your work more diversified and possibly more appealing to a broader audience. Plus, the experimentation might give you ideas for your ecommerce product line—providing fresh, unique designs that can't be found elsewhere. Have you considered using these diverse creations as a marketing point to differentiate your brand?

Me: No, and I appreciate your insights and suggestions.

ChatGPT: You're very welcome, Terza. I'm glad you found the insights useful. With your inclination for experimentation and the dynamic tools you're already using, you have a fertile ground for innovation both artistically and commercially. Exploring how to blend these strengths into your brand could set you apart in both the art and ecommerce worlds. If you decide to take that route, I'd be curious to hear how it turns out.

Q3: What's your favorite feature in the app?

Me: The prompt history. I can repeat the same prompt in many different styles. I can scroll back through old prompts to see what worked and what didn’t, then build upon them to create entirely new ones.

ChatGPT: The prompt history does sound like a highly useful feature, acting almost like a creative archive you can refer to and build upon. It's essentially a "living document" of your artistic journey with the app, allowing you to revisit and remix old ideas. This could be particularly advantageous for your ecommerce business. You could potentially offer "evolutionary" product lines, where customers can see the iterative creative process behind each design. It's a way to not only showcase your work but also to tell a compelling story around it. Have you ever thought of utilizing this feature in such a way?

Me: No, I wasn’t sure that people would find that interesting.

ChatGPT: That's a valid point; what fascinates the creator may not always captivate the audience in the same way. However, the narrative of an evolving creative process could add an extra layer of interest or exclusivity to your products. It's akin to offering "limited editions" based on various stages of artistic development, which could attract collectors or those interested in the journey behind the art. As always, the effectiveness of such an approach would depend on your target audience and how well the story is told. Would you consider testing this concept, perhaps on a smaller scale to gauge interest?

Me: Of course. It’s always interesting to learn more about what my audience prefers.

ChatGPT: Absolutely, understanding your audience's preferences is key to tailoring your offerings effectively. Running small tests with this "evolutionary product line" concept could provide valuable insights. You could even use your newsletter or upcoming blog posts to share the narrative behind the evolving designs, thereby creating a deeper engagement with your audience. Given that you're interested in a sustainable business model, this could also serve as an ongoing content theme. If you do decide to proceed with this idea, it'll be interesting to see how your audience responds.

Q4: Have you ever encountered challenges while using Dream? If so, what were they?

Me: My biggest challenge using Dream are fingers, paws and tails. It’s gotten better, but far too many pictures are created with too many fingers on a hand, too many digits on a paws, and tails in the wrong place. I’ve rejected many otherwise lovely pictures because of this. I’m not sure why it’s such a problem.

ChatGPT: It's interesting to hear about these specific challenges. While AI art generators have made significant strides, they are still works in progress and can produce errors that may not be immediately obvious to the algorithms but are jarring to human viewers. In your case, the issues with fingers, paws, and tails could be a limitation of the training data or even the algorithms interpreting the text prompts.

Since you're also interested in NFTs and digital art, these imperfections could be turned into a unique selling point—perhaps as a "flawed but unique" collection. Or, if you're keen on perfection, it could be worthwhile to pair the AI-generated art with manual editing to correct these mistakes before transferring the designs to your ecommerce products.

Would you be open to either of these approaches to work around the limitations?

Me: I’m not sure about the “flawed but unique” collection. I don’t need my pictures to be realistic; I love my vibrant colors after all, but I find it difficult to accept some errors. I have manually modified a few pictures for my eCommerce products. An example is a set of illustrations that I created for a children’s book. The author wanted specific modifications and I learned how to add or delete what she wanted until I created what she had in mind.

ChatGPT: Your commitment to quality is evident, and it makes sense that certain errors would be hard to accept, especially in a professional setting like a children's book project. Manual modification, then, seems like a practical approach to ensure the final product aligns with your or your client's vision. Given that you're already comfortable making post-generation, this could serve as a standard part of your workflow for ecommerce designs as well.

(At this point, ChatGPT provided a table that described each technique along with the pros and cons of each. I've decided not to include it to keep this post to a reasonable length.)

Q5: How do you integrate the art created in Dream with your print-on-demand products?

Me: Sometimes I remove the background from the art so I can replace it with a different background. Sometimes I incorporate the art into a different design. Other times I change colors, textures, proportions and other elements such as words or graphics. The ability to add and remove layers makes it interesting.

ChatGPT: Your approach to integrating Dream-generated art into your print-on-demand products shows a high level of creativity and flexibility. Leveraging layers and manipulating various elements like background, color, and textures essentially allows you to create 'remixes' of your initial art, tailored for different products or audiences. This could be an excellent selling point, emphasizing the uniqueness and customizability of your products.

Q6: Have you found any innovative ways to utilize Dream’s AI features to boost your ecommerce or consulting business?

Me: No, I haven't. Can you suggest some?

ChatGPT: Certainly, Terza. Leveraging Dream's AI features can offer unique opportunities for both your ecommerce and consulting ventures. Here are some innovative ways to consider:

Table of Methods, Pros, Cons and Applications

For instance, you could create themed collections in your ecommerce store based on popular or seasonal text prompts. On the consulting side, offering workshops or reports on how AI and Web3 are influencing design trends could set you apart as a thought leader.

Would any of these approaches align with your current business strategies?

Me: I think they all would! I will explore these. Thank you.

ChatGPT: You're very welcome, Terza! I'm delighted to hear that you find these approaches promising for your business ventures. With your creative spirit and knack for blending technology and art, these strategies could indeed offer exciting possibilities. If you decide to implement any of them, I'd love to hear how it goes. Best of luck as you continue to explore and innovate!

Q7: Do you also use Dream in tandem with Midjourney? If so, how do they complement each other?

Me: Yes, I do! I will use the same or very similar prompt in both apps to generate several images, then I use the /blend command in Midjourney to combine them to create unique and novel pictures. The art that each app produces are very different from each other, so they don't really complement each other. I would imagine that if I also used the pictures that I create in Midjourney as foundation images in Dream, I could create yet another set of interesting and possibly beautiful images.

ChatGPT: The way you're using Dream and Midjourney together is a fascinating blend of creative layering and technology. While the apps might not naturally complement each other, your method essentially forces a collaboration between the two, resulting in a unique final product. This blending technique opens up endless possibilities for novel designs that could capture the imagination of your audience, both in ecommerce and in your artistic pursuits.

Given your interest in NFTs, such layered and unique creations could also potentially attract a niche collector's market. Have you thought about leveraging this blended art technique for your NFT collections or other digital art offerings?

Me: Yes, and I do use them for this purpose. I also use these images for my social media content creation.

ChatGPT: That's a strategic way to extend the utility of your blended art, Terza. Using these unique creations for NFT collections, social media, and presumably your ecommerce line offers a cohesive branding experience across multiple platforms. It not only amplifies your artistic reach but also serves as a compelling marketing tool. Given your interest in understanding marketing trends, this could also offer insights into what resonates most with your audience based on engagement metrics. Have you noticed any particular trends or audience preferences when you've used these blended images?

Me: Yes, I have. I haven't specifically measured the response in actual numbers - I just notice when a piece gets noticeably more likes and comments.

ChatGPT: Observing increased engagement like likes and comments is a valuable qualitative metric, even if it hasn't been quantified yet. Such noticeable spikes can serve as a barometer for what resonates with your audience, allowing you to make data-informed decisions going forward. Given your business goals, you might consider setting up a more structured analytics approach to measure the performance of these blended images versus other types of content.

Would you be interested in implementing a more formal analytics system to track this engagement more precisely?

Me: Yes, I would. What would you recommend?

ChatGPT: Excellent, Terza. Given your multiple ventures, an analytics solution that can capture data across various platforms might be most beneficial. Here are some recommendations: Google Analytics, Instagram/Facebook Insights, Mailchimp Analytics, Hootsuite and Tableau.

Each tool serves a different need but could work in tandem to give you a holistic view of how your content is performing. Given your interest in ecommerce and audience engagement, a mix of website analytics (like Google Analytics) and social media insights would be a logical starting point.

Would any of these tools fit into your current business operations?

Me: Yes, probably. I have some other tools that I might use as well, now that I understand how to characterize the metrics.

ChatGPT: That's excellent to hear, Terza. Utilizing the tools you already have in conjunction with new ones can give you a multi-dimensional view of your business performance. Understanding how to characterize metrics is crucial for informed decision-making and optimizing your various ventures. If you implement this analytical approach, it could provide invaluable insights for your ecommerce, social media, and even your NFT endeavors. Best of luck as you delve into the world of analytics; I'm confident it will offer useful perspectives for your business growth.

Me: Thank you, ChatGPT. This has been a most illuminating session.

ChatGPT: You're very welcome, Terza. I'm glad to hear you found the session illuminating. Your blend of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit makes for an exciting journey, and I'm pleased to contribute in any way I can. Should you have more questions or need further insights in the future, feel free to reach out. Best of luck with all your ventures!

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Terza Ekholm

Terza Ekholm is an innovative artist bridging the gap between art and AI. She employs tools like Dream by Wombo and Midjourney to push creative boundaries and inspire her community. With an eclectic mix of interests from science to literature, she brings a unique perspective to the evolving landscape of AI art."

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