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Jul 2, 2024

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Jul 2, 2024

Lance’s leap into Generative AI

Lance’s leap into Generative AI

Lance’s leap into Generative AI

In this interview, Lance Christian, a Computer Science major who has navigated life's unpredictable currents, shares his journey. He discusses his experience from the frontlines of Generative AI development at Mindrift. Find out how he has adapted to the new AI Tutor role and thrived in the face of adversity.

Discover how Lance:

  • Transitioned from student journalism to the cutting-edge world of AI

  • Navigated diverse projects with creativity

  • Found support and growth within the Mindrift community


What is your professional background and education?

I have a background in student journalism, where I served as an editor for a new senior high school publication and later as editor-in-chief during COVID-19. I believe that my experiences have honed my writing skills, work ethic, and management abilities. I entered the job market in early 2022, looking for a role that would challenge me in a meaningful and impactful way. So far, Mindrift has been a great match, giving me the opportunities I was looking for.

How do you feel about the role you are playing in the development of Generative AI?

Being involved in the early stages of AI development feels like having a hand in shaping the future. I get to play a crucial part in the next technological boom! Personally, I believe in the potential of AI to enhance quality of life when used ethically and responsibly.

Why have you decided to try this experience?

I was drawn to the opportunity to be part of a fast growing industry. Despite not knowing much about AI initially, the prospect of working on interesting projects and the freedom to choose my hours made it an exciting role to take on.

What do you like the most about this role?

I find fulfillment in contributing quality work and having my ideas and suggestions heard. The support and encouragement from the Mindrift community have been invaluable. The variety of projects keeps my work engaging and allows me to expand my knowledge on a wide range of topics.

Compared to your previous work, what has been the most unusual thing about working on Mindrift?

The most unusual aspect has been the variety of projects I've worked on. From writing about American birds to creating a breakup tutorial, each task has been unexpected, pushing me to adapt and learn on the go.

How is editing for Mindrift different compared to your normal editing work?

At Mindrift, the work is not just about editing — it's about collaboration and growth. The Discord community allows for focused chats, organized teams, and a platform for asking questions. It's a supportive environment where I can engage with other AI Tutors and learn from my mistakes.

How do you find balance between freelancing and your life outside of Mindrift?

The flexibility I have at Mindrift allows me to balance my work with my personal life with ease. The freedom to choose my hours means I can manage my time according to my needs, ensuring I have space for both work and leisure.

We’d love to know more about you beyond work — how does Mindrift fit into your lifestyle? 

It really is an ideal fit. The flexibility offered by Mindrift complements my lifestyle perfectly. The work I do strikes a perfect balance between structure and freedom. This allows me the freedom to pursue my interests outside of work while still challenging me professionally.

Are you active in Mindrift’s Discord community? If so, what do you typically use it for?

Yes, I am active on Discord. It's a great platform for collaboration, asking questions, and getting feedback. It helps me stay connected with the team and contributes to my personal and professional growth.

Do you think Generative AI will play an important role in your future, and how do you feel about the role you’re playing in developing it?

Generative AI will undoubtedly play a significant role in shaping the future. As someone involved in its development, I feel a sense of responsibility to ensure ethical and responsible use. It's really exciting to be part of shaping the future of technology.

What would you say to a person who might be considering this role? 

I’d say, don't let a lack of experience hold you back. Mindrift values character traits like competence, accountability, and the desire to learn and grow. Give it a try and see where it takes you!

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