Sunday, February 19, 2023

Let's Figure It Out - Week of Feb. 13th

Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change. ~Stephen Covey

Cam continues to find different ways to exert his independence.  He asked his parents if there was a way for him to have some type of basket to grab his hat and gloves from in the morning and put them away in the afternoon.  

It seems a simple request, but one must factor in a powerchair driving up to the container and providing a reach to promote physical activity.  Jane found a storage basket with enough clearance that could be emptied and suggested placing it close to the garage.  Chris had the tools at the ready and in record time, we all figured out the solution, together.

At school, Cam also helped his physical therapist team brainstorm a rear-view mirror idea he had.  One of the difficulties of driving in a crowded hallway at school is not being able to see what's coming, or in Cam's case, what is behind him. It will be trial and error to determine what will work best.  It is good to see Cameron so involved in areas that are truly impactful for him.

This week, the cold virus hit our teenager and he was out of school the first part of the week.  He did, however, have enough
energy to help his dad prepare a Valentine's surprise for his mom.  Jane was presented with a dozen beautiful roses and notes from both Chris and Cam.  The notes, it turns out, were created with a little help.  For the first time ever, the boys used a new A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) tool to assist with some loving prose.

ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is a chatbot developed by OpenAI. It is built on top of OpenAI's GPT-3 family of large language models and has been fine-tuned (an approach to transfer learning) using both supervised and reinforcement learning techniques. ChatGPT was launched as a prototype on November 30, 2022, and quickly garnered attention for its detailed responses and articulate answers across many domains of knowledge. Following the release of ChatGPT, OpenAI's valuation was estimated at $29 billion.
After Cam "confessed" to his mom that he and his dad used ChatGPT, they both had a good laugh.  Jane had seen Chris ask it to write stories, but finally logged in herself to experiment.  She asked ChatGPT to 'write a limerick about Cameron and how awesome he is' and this was the response: "There once was a fellow named Cam, Who impressed everyone, man after man.  With his wit and his charm, He caused no small alarm, And left us all his biggest fan!"

On Friday, Cam had the day off of school for mid-winter break.  Ms. Ann arrived after lunch, ready to tutor Cam.  They worked on reading, computer work and math.  It was a great session, especially since Cam had missed a few days of school.  That evening, Ms. Amanda arrived to hang out with her buddy while Chris and Jane enjoyed an evening out.

It was a quiet weekend filled with indoor projects and movie watching.  Cam and his dad worked together while Jane nursed a cold and rested the majority of the time.  
Sunday evening, we enjoyed take-out from our favorite Chinese restaurant.  Cam was a bit uncertain when Jane ordered only a single entree, fried rice and crab rangoons for all to split.  He vocalized his concern indicating he was sure there would not be enough.  After realizing how much food there actually was, her son admitted... "Mom, I should listen to you.  You always know best!"

Camology Quotes:

Jane typed in ChatGPT:  'Write a Camology Quote for Cam's blog' 

"Life is like a camera - focus on the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don't work out, take another shot." - Cam

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