Google’s New AI Duet Workspace: Hummingbird Haiku

I saw an invite to my Google Account to pilot Google’s integration of AI into its various apps called, I think, Duet AI. They are rolling out a bit of it at a time, and after some hemming and hawing, I decided to give it a go (I might still opt out at some point but given all the inquiry and experimenting I have been doing already, it seemed like another step). Google has an explanatory page about Duet here.

I experimented with Duet in Google Docs after deciding to do some poem collaboration with the AI (which I assume is powered by Bard). I began with a haiku about hummingbirds, and then asked the Duet AI to write one, too. It did, and there are some options for tweaking the text, if wanted. You can Recreate (I didn’t find this worked all that well but maybe that is because the haiku poems were short) or Refine (with a few different parameters).

Then, I kept going, back and forth (another game of AI Chat Tennis), and I even tried to get it to turn the Document of poems into a Presentation (which I saw happen in a demo but it told me that feature had not yet rolled out).  The BOLD poems are mine and the ITALICS poems are via Duet.

Google AI 1

I even asked it to generate a list of possible titles for our collection. I had to recreate this a few times. Most were drab. One ended up OK.

Google AI 2

I later added the collection of poems to Giphy and added my own animated birds in motion, because … well, hummingbirds, right?

My initial reaction — I could see Duet being helpful as a thinking partner. The tool didn’t feel too intrusive (it sits off to the side with a little icon) and when I opened it up, it gave me some possible ideas for use with my writing. I haven’t looked at my email platform yet nor the presentation platform, but I will.

I do wonder about how and when and if Duet will be integrated into Google’s school platforms, and what that might look like. (I think Google has said they are NOT pushing Duet and AI into school Google networks … yet)

Anyone else given Duet a go?

Peace (Experimenting),

Observations On A ChatGPT Collaboration

one path, diverged

AI Image by Dall-E

Sometimes, you just need to play to figure out something new.

Yesterday, a few friends joined me in exploring a collaboration feature within ChatGPT that allows you to share out a query/response, and another person can then build on it, and then share it back out.

It works OK, but there is no overview map of where the strands get taken, and by whom. It’s easy to be using a link that someone else has already used and advanced, and you’re still in the past. Things can get confusing, quickly. It would make more sense to do this with a single partner, sharing information and queries and responses back and forth (this could be a classroom activity between two students, perhaps?)

There were about a half dozen friends working at various times, sharing back links here at the blog or on Twitter, and two strands emerged at the end, with a slight diversion. I brought both to a “close” this morning by asking ChatGPT to write a poem in the style of either Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman.

Strand One:

Strand Two:

You can still play around with the strands, if you want, as this game of ChatGPT Tennis, as Wendy calls it, is everlasting (I think). Just share the link to your extension somewhere and we’ll play on.

Peace (and Play),

Feature: Chat Collaboration (or ChatGPT Tennis)

chat collab screenshot
My CLMOOC friends, Sarah and Wendy, were doing some riffing off a ChatGPT response the other day to a DS106 Daily Create when I noticed they were using a feature I had not seen before, allowing you to “share” out a ChatGPT query and response via a link.

This feature allows other people to then access and use the original query/response for further prompting — essentially giving an opportunity for what Wendy delightfully called “ChatGPT Tennis” (as in, return the volley to someone else, and build on an idea, then send it back).

I am curious about the ways this might be used by partners or teams of people, to work an idea into either variations or perhaps to further hone in on a kernel of an idea together. Wendy and her thinking partner do a nice job going over some possibilities in her Elevate Postcard video.

I did ask ChatGPT to create a 25 word story (about thunderstorms) and it generated the link for sharing, so if you want to play along and see how it works, here is the link to the original response. You will need to share the links of any iterations, however, as the original owners don’t get any notifications (which is too bad). You could do that here, in the comments, or on Twitter or Mastodon. Or you can decide not to share back out. It’s up to you.

Peace (Volley For Serve),

Mostly Morning Poems: Assorted

These are some poems from my morning writing with one-word prompts off Mastodon.

Morning Summation

Feathered Bristles on a Softened Brush

Flawed Parts/Loving Heart

Inconvenient Detour

And one as a haiku reply to my friend, Algot:
Water Clouds The Haze

And, finally, two poems from long ago that rediscovered for a DS106 Daily Create this week:
Mirror/Palindrome Poems

Peace (and Poems),

Write Across America: Georgia (Shout The Jubilee)

This poem is part of the National Writing Project’s summer Write Across America project, which different NWP sites and affiliates across the country are hosting place-based writing sessions.

I guess I tend to not be part of the Zoom sessions (so far) but I do use the resources and prompts for my own writing, on my own time. The latest visit was to Georgia, and one of the resources was a page about the McIntosh County Shouters, and their use of song and dance to tell stories, and to remember. The video I watched was about Jubilee, and that inspired the poem.

Peace (and Dance),

Poem: Land Slant

Land Slant

This poem comes from a one-word prompt — “matrix” — that somehow conjured up Emily D.

Peace (and Poems),

Playing With Form: We Start Forever Together

We Start Forever Together

A few folks in recent weeks have shared Obligations 2, a formatted poem by Layli Long Soldier that is fascinating to read and powerful for the way its ideas flow in various directions. You can read the poem along different paths. Her use of “the grief” phrasing across the entire center of her poem is such an emotional anchor moment, one that caused me to pause each time, right at that anchor, before moving onward, and then re-reading along another path, only to pause again at “the grief” line.

I was curious about how to even begin to formulate this kind of poem, so I tried to give it a try. I began with the simple concept of a “start” and an finish point of “forever” in my poem. Somehow, it became a shape poem too, as I started to see the contours of the narrator emerging through the formatting. Now, I am not really sure that was a wise design choice – whether that adds to or takes away from the poem itself.

You can read my poem top-down and jump diagonal as well and still have a flow of the poem, but I don’t think it is nearly as effective or as powerful in narrative as Obligations 2 is.

Peace (and Poems),