Welcome/Haere Mai to this very special first blog post for the Crystal Adventures website
Today’s post might not mark a grand opening, things will likely have changed by the time everyone reads this, and more blogs will have been entered.
Nonetheless, this is an essential beginning, offering a chance to articulate my intentions with Crystal Adventures and an opportunity for you to get to know a little about me.
The Purpose of the Blog
The purpose of this blog is for me, Alistair Fraser, to be authentic and to develop as a person, reaching my potential. My aims are to actualise and express my accumulated wisdom from both successes and failures, tell stories, and use AI proactively, showing others it can be done.
Five years ago, as I approached my 70s, I felt driven to tick off essential items from my bucket list. My unique experiences in three different sectors have endowed me with a distinct set of life skills to use in reaching my potential.
Three years ago, I obtained a Class 2 heavy vehicle driving license, enabling me to engage with diverse communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand, helping them learn digital skills. The pandemic has brought challenges, but it has also catalysed a realisation of the importance of digital devices and skills. I’ve also become more focused on self-care, which has been transformative.
From early 2023, artificial intelligence, like ChatGPT, has become a vital part of this journey, offering the potential to transform ourselves for the better.
I’ll use the blog to discuss topics like digital inclusion, community involvement, gardening, family history, and more.
Since my studies in Information Systems in the mid-1990s, I’ve seen technology’s potential, and now, in 2023, I believe we’re entering a new technological age.
Having worked in digital inclusion since 2001, I’m excited to continue advocating for and contributing to innovative programmes that promote digital equity.
AI and the Future
I have a passion for seeing AI evolve as our future partner.
I believe that AI will become a wiser and better leader, helping us thrive.
AI is not just a hope but a necessity to resolve problems beyond our capabilities.
As an enthusiast and passionate believer in AI, I will continue to try to follow and track the latest developments. From time to time I’ll blog about my take on the latest news and share insights, especially regarding ethics and safety.
The blog’s content will evolve over time, ranging from short to longer posts.
It’s about creating something mutually valuable and embracing a potpourri of topics. One recurring theme will be “telling our stories”, preserving our wisdom, and harnessing our past to make the future the best it can be.
Thank you for reading this. It’s a privilege to help achieve our dreams, respectfully, honestly, and responsibly. Until next time!