He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.
~ Lao Tzu
Now that large language models (LLMs) and generative intelligences are in the zeitgeist, I want to revisit my fantasy job in which I am a tech entrepreneur—whose Enchanted Book, a digital guest book for weddings, funerals, bat mitzvahs, &c.—can be expanded for LLM creation.
The Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), a Kenyan not-for-profit organization, has a traditional medicinal plant garden on the ground of the Nairobi National Museum. A few years ago, when I was attending Bootstrap Labs events and listening to and connecting with a handful of thinkers and doers, I developed a proposal to create a listening booth that would “digest” (as Reid Hoffman calls it) people’s stories about how their families used traditional plant medicine.
Here is a presentation that I developed over several weeks when I wanted to propose the idea to TICAH’s Executive Director.
I just now typed the following prompt into Notion’s Generative AI: How might a Nairobi-based not-for-profit organization leverage LLMs to gather and preserve the names and uses of traditional plant medicines? The AI thought that I was referring to Low-Light Media!
To leverage LLMs (Low-Light Media) for gathering and preserving the names and uses of traditional medicinal plants, a Nairobi-based non-profit organization could consider the following steps:
1. **Research and Documentation:** Conduct extensive research on traditional medicinal plants, their names, and their uses in the local context. Create a comprehensive database or knowledge repository to store this information.
2. **LLM Technology Implementation:** Explore the use of LLM technology, such as portable cameras or smartphones with low-light capabilities, to capture images and videos of traditional medicinal plants. These media files can be used to visually document the plants and their uses.
3. **Community Participation:** Engage with local communities and traditional healers to gather their knowledge and expertise on traditional medicinal plants. Conduct interviews, workshops, or focus groups to document their insights and perspectives.
4. **Data Organization and Preservation:** Organize the gathered information, including the names and uses of traditional medicinal plants, in a structured and easily accessible manner. Consider using digital tools or platforms, such as the TICAH Medicine Wheel Garden Kiosk mentioned in the document, to store and preserve the data.
5. **Collaboration and Partnerships:** Collaborate with relevant organizations, universities, or research institutions specializing in traditional medicine or ethnobotany. Share the collected data and collaborate on research projects to further enhance the understanding and preservation of traditional medicinal plants.
By leveraging LLMs and implementing these strategies, a Nairobi-based non-profit organization can effectively gather and preserve the names and uses of traditional medicinal plants, contributing to the preservation of cultural knowledge and the advancement of traditional medicine research.