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Embracing Lifelong Learning as a SuperAger in the Age of AI

Episode #1107: In this episode of the Arete Coach Podcast, Severin Sorensen, the host and curator of AreteCoach.io, hosts a panel discussion with senior executive coaches to explore the topics of SuperAgers, Artificial Intelligence, and Lifetime Learning. The panelists, all current or former Vistage Chairs with a combined experience of over 90 years, share their insights on how to stay youthful and foster a lifetime of learning. The discussion provides valuable insights into the latest trends and best practices in the industry, making it a must-listen for anyone seeking to stay at the forefront of their field and thrive in their personal and professional life.



Key highlights


SuperAgers 101

Timestamp 02:44


Larry Cassidy, a retired U.S Marine Corp Captain and Lieutenant, Fortune 500 leader, and a master executive coach, highlights in the episode that SuperAgers are individuals in their 80s who possess episodic memory akin to those 20 to 30 years of age. Larry establishes a correlation between the concept of SuperAgers and being a Vistage Chair, working with young business leaders, and tackling new challenges. According to him, it's the daily pursuit of learning and constantly "running with the lions" that keeps him sharp and focused.

Ron Greenwood, another panelist and Vistage Chair, echoes Larry's sentiments, citing that "engaging bright young leaders" keeps one young. Severin Sorensen, the host of the podcast, shares four key habits of SuperAgers, including maintaining an active lifestyle, performing mental exercises, engaging in social activities, and drinking only in moderation.


Lifetime learning

Timestamp 11:03


In the context of discussing learning, Ozzie Gontang, a Vistage Cope Award winner, executive coach, and master coach, divulges that he continues to expand his knowledge through taking improv classes. Severin then prompts Larry Cassidy and Ron Greenwood to share how they pursue ongoing learning. Larry emphasizes the significance of staying mentally active to stave off Alzheimer's disease, while Ron highlights his increased focus on integrating computers and technology in the realm of education.


Artificial intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT

Timestamp 15:01


Larry Cassidy poses the question of whether Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses a threat to our cognitive abilities. Ron Greenwood offers his perspective that while AI could have negative effects on cognitive abilities, it ultimately depends on how individuals use it. As a tool with different capabilities than the human mind, Ron suggests that more research is needed to fully understand how people learn and how AI can be utilized to its fullest potential.

The discussion then shifts to the innovative capabilities of ChatGPT, a state-of-the-art language model designed by OpenAI. Severin Sorensen introduces the system and hosts a demonstration to showcase its abilities. However, the panel discovers that the efficacy of the answers provided by ChatGPT is heavily dependent on the quality and specificity of the questions asked. This highlights the need for continued advancements in the field of AI, as well as the importance of human intuition and critical thinking in leveraging its potential.


Ethics and AI

Timestamp 29:21


As the technological landscape continues to evolve, Severin Sorensen poses a crucial question on the Arete Coach Podcast: How can we effectively leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) while ensuring the safety of our planet? In response, Larry Cassidy emphasizes the importance of relationships and human connections in utilizing AI effectively. Ozzie Gontang, on the other hand, emphasizes the significance of values, particularly within the Vistage community.


Ron Greenwood, an esteemed executive coach, shares his experience teaching ethics to MBA students, stressing the importance of ethical considerations when it comes to AI. Ozzie, another experienced coach, highlights the need to recognize and eliminate the impact of prejudice on AI, underscoring the importance of ethics and social responsibility in AI development. This conversation provides a unique perspective on the potential of AI and the importance of incorporating values, ethics, and human intuition into the technological revolution.


AI, aging, and the future

Timestamp 39:43


Larry Cassidy highlights Ron Greenwood's perspective on the role of AI in facilitating learning for SuperAgers. Severin Sorensen raises concerns faced by individuals in their 80s and explores the potential for AI to address these challenges. Ozzie Gontang underscores the importance of staying active, engaged, and connected, which is especially critical for older adults.


Larry acknowledges the challenge of predicting the future, but suggests that AI has the potential to help SuperAgers make more informed decisions. Ron Greenwood emphasizes the need for individuals to adapt to AI, and highlights its potential to revolutionize the education process. He emphasizes the importance of continuous learning, which will enable individuals to evolve and improve in response to the rapidly evolving technological landscape. Ultimately, this conversation offers a valuable perspective on the potential of AI, and the importance of embracing change and adaptation in the face of technological advancements.


A poem by AI

Timestamp 56:44


Severin closes the panel discussion with a poem written by himself with AI titled, “Lifelong Learning, a Path of Light.”


“Lifelong Learning, a Path of Light”

Lifelong learning, a path of light, brings knowledge, growth, and endless delight,

but those who choose not to learn and grow, miss out on all the joy that life can show.

They stay stagnant, stuck in one place.

As the world keeps moving at a steady pace, they'll find themselves left behind

while others continue to shine and unwind.

But those who seek to learn and grow, find new horizons to explore and show

they adapt and thrive in any situation while those who don't are left in stagnation.


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