As we step into yet another digital era, our concept of friends and friendship faces more turmoil. Already redefined by the rise of social media, our interpersonal relationships are on the cusp of further transformation with the advent of advanced AI personal assistants and companions. In our hyperconnected world, the term ‘friend’ has expanded to […]
Author Archive | Matt Hopkins
If not me, then who?
I regularly ask myself the question, “If not me, then who?” It is my mantra when faced with any difficult decision or activity where the easy solution is to simply do nothing. We become adults at the age of eighteen, but “adulting” is an ongoing journey for many of us, well into our fifties (as […]
Craft wildly unique music playlists with ChatGPT and Apple Music
For music lovers, the search for the ultimate playlist never ends. We crave something that captures our mood, resonates with our ever-changing taste, and introduces us to new favourites. The algorithmic suggestions from most music streaming services such as Apple Music can be hit or miss – limited by artists and genres. ChatGPT, on the […]
Trust and empowerment
In our fast-paced, demanding lives, being great at managing relationships is a skill that few people have truly mastered. So, what sets these relationship experts apart from the rest of us? I think that it all comes down to trust and empowerment. So let’s explore the ins and outs of trust and empowerment in our […]
Good people can be bad parents.
As an entrepreneur and lifelong learner, my curiosity often leads me to explore various aspects of human behavior and the patterns that shape our lives. In this piece, I’d like to share a personal story that touches on an often-overlooked issue of childhood emotional neglect (CEN) and the lasting impact it can have on our […]
Meditation without all the nonsense
“What colour do you see? I see blue” This was a question someone asked me once when I was introduced at a party as someone who meditates. And this is part of the problem with meditation and with encouraging more people to try it. Meditation should not be synonymous with spirituality. It is a technique […]
Normalisation: a marketers guide
Imagine you’re at a party, surrounded by people from all walks of life. You have a chance to make new friends and connections, but first, you need to find common ground. In much the same way, the world of marketing thrives on finding commonality among disparate data points, connecting the dots to tell a cohesive […]
chatGPT as tutor and Google-killer
Like so many others, I have been blown away by the capability of chatGPT since its release in late November. There has been a lot of focus on content creation – articles, poetry, lyrics, stories, etc – but one of its most powerful features is the ability to drill down into its “understanding” of a […]
Know when to fold ’em
I have always been driven by a desire to create and build something that is meaningful. I have poured my heart and soul into many of my businesses, working tirelessly to turn my vision into a reality. But sometimes, despite my best efforts, things don’t work out as planned; and when that happens, it’s important […]
Will social media have its email moment?
Email is ubiquitous. If I want access to email, I can simply sign up to an email provider like Gmail, Outlook, iCloud or hundreds of other email service providers. I can also set up my own email server. I can use a service provider’s email domain (e.g. @gmail.com) or buy a custom domain. And because […]