Mind Readings: Curation is the New Creation

Mind Readings: Curation is the New Creation

In today’s episode, you’ll discover the power of content curation in the age of AI. Since anyone can be a content creator now, finding the quality content is a challenge. You’ll learn how curating outstanding content can elevate your brand. Are you ready to become the go-to source for top-notch content in your industry?

Mind Readings: Curation is the New Creation

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Christopher Penn: In today’s episode, let’s talk about content creation and curation.

We’re going to start off by saying, curation is the new creation.

And here’s what I mean, in the age of generative AI, everybody can be a creator, right skills are less of a barrier to entry for any creative task.

Now, thanks to generative AI.

Now they still matter, right? Someone who’s a master composer is going to do better than a novice or, you know, complete someone completely untrained like me in say, composing a symphony, because the master composer just knows what to ask, right? Whereas someone like me, I don’t even have the words, the vocabulary to articulate to a generative model, like, Hey, I want a symphony that does this, this and this, you can see I have no words to describe the movements of a symphony or what, what the drums are supposed to do.

And so mastery, master skills is still important.

But generative AI certainly reduces the barrier to entry of the skills.

You don’t believe me, go scroll on on the social network of your choice for five minutes.

And LinkedIn in particular, count of how much AI generated content you can spot, especially imagery, right? The answer is unlikely to be zero.

The question is whether that piece of content would have been a visual at all in the past, right? Now people can just go into a generative model and make an image of five people sitting around a boardrooms.

Drinking coffee, giving each other high fives, which I just saw on LinkedIn, not not too long ago.

Gill isn’t the barrier to entry anymore.

Now that you have these tools that can do it.

When, when blogging first debuted back in the late 1990s, it was a revolution, right? Suddenly people had access to a platform that they could they could get their words out, right? These are folks, they could get an audience.

Christopher Penn: Where previously, there was absolutely no way before the internet before blogging, there was no way for them to be able to do it except in very niche cases.

But when blogging first came out when the when the web first came out in the late 90s, Bob’s uncle Bob’s blog on blogspot might have might have had just as much reach and influence on the web during that period of time as the New York Times did.

When podcasting first debuted back in the mid 2000s 2004 2005.

Suddenly, a bunch of people could make and distribute quality audio.

That that wasn’t a part of terrestrial radio was an alternative to terrestrial radio.

And there were a number of shows back then wouldn’t one of mine that had huge listenership, because it was just something different.

It was the it had democratized the ability to have audio distributed widely.

When YouTube first debuted, you got the idea YouTube, video, all that stuff.

And each of these changes, distribution became easier, but skill was still needed.

producing high quality content on YouTube still requires decent gear even today.

And yet, even with those limitations, the number of people producing content has exploded.

There is more content on YouTube every minute of the day than there was from Hollywood in in years or decades.

All that creation kind of follows a power law curve, right? A small subset of it is excellent.

Top notch quality, a large portion of it isn’t.

And that’s why I say curation is the new creation.

The task ahead for the entertainment industry, the information industry, whatever you want to call it, and for all of us in marketing, is to recognize we are not just in the creation business anymore.

We are just as much in the curation and elevation business.

There’s so much good content out there buried in a sea of, you know, mediocrity, and bad content that we can and some people will make entire careers out of simply finding the good stuff and showcasing it.

When we talk about what are the AI jobs the future look like? What does the future look like when AI does everything, no one’s gonna have any jobs? That’s not true.

It will take time for these new jobs to appear.

But one of them is going to be curation.

Because generative AI gives everybody the ability to create massive amounts of content.


And as things like the video creation tools, ramp up audio creation tools, I just saw a new one this morning called voice craft that allows you to do some synthetic voices really, really well.

All these tools are going to make it so much easier for everybody with very, very little technology needed other than a laptop and access to some compute power, you are going to see a massive explosion already seeing it, but you’re going to see even more a massive explosion of stuff.

Right? So much stuff.

And so a big role will be how do you sort through all this stuff? How do you find the good stuff in all the stuff? That’s going to be a career.

If you think about the movie industry or Hollywood and stuff right now, Hollywood is all about make the stuff distribute the stuff.

And what what Hollywood has not realized yet is that Christopher Penn: their business is going to have to pivot from make the stuff to find the stuff and maybe you know, elevated, make a newer, newer, better version of what they find.

It’s almost like they’ll have to be talent scouts out there scouting the field who’s making stuff that’s getting lots of views on YouTube or the channel of your choice, and saying, Hey, let’s invest in this.

It’s already doing well, it’s already got an audience less in less investment.

That seems like a pretty safe bet.

If we do it, well, we can, we can bring we can make it bigger.


There was a I want to say it was the Tangerines that did a essentially a fan made short for Mortal Kombat.

And the various studios stuff took note and they turned it into a whole series, they turned it into a season of internet television.

Now they got a good amount of money to do that.

That model of going out and finding the stuff that works best and showcasing it is what Hollywood has to figure out that that’s what its purpose is going to be going forward in the same way that journalism has to figure out that their job is not to break the news being done already.

Their job is to validate the news to say like, Yeah, we actually fact check this.

And this is actually true.

Because yeah, anyone can log on to to, you know, the site formerly known as Twitter and find news about anything, most of it’s not true.

So the value of a brand like the New York Times or the BBC or whatever is not being first with the news but being first with the right news with the correct news.

The factually true news.

In your marketing, in your industry, how much of your role is creation and how much is curation? How well are you known by people that are around you that by your customers by your prospects by your audience, for distributing the good stuff you find and distribute the good stuff.

People know, when they come to you, you’ll have a good answer or a good resource.

That is something to think about as a value proposition for your brand.

That means you don’t have to be the maker, you don’t have to be the one saying them.

I’m gonna put up today’s podcast, I’m gonna put up for today’s, you know, with this week’s newsletter, what we’re going to do for this this month’s webinar us, right? There’s the burden of having to make new stuff.

If you’re a curator, and you’re good at it.

You have an infinite supply of content now, because you all you have to do is roundups.

So hey, these are the five articles I read this week that didn’t suck.

These are the five.

This is the two webinars this month that were worth attending.

And with generative AI tools, you can come up with with Rubik’s to analyze and process at scale and give you that you know, the shortlist of the stuff that you should evaluate more closely.

The tools exist for that today.

It gives you gives us all the ability to make more stuff, and the ability to filter through it.

But there is going to be a real need for people who can curate the good stuff.

And anytime there’s a need, there’s an opportunity to, to earn some some compensation for that fulfilling that need.

So give that some thought.

Give that some thought for your content strategy for your marketing.

Maybe you don’t need to be using generative AI to make more stuff.

Maybe you can use generative AI to help you find the good stuff and then get it to your audience and become the trustworthy advisor, the trusted advisor who always has the good stuff.

That’s the episode for today.

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Christopher S. Penn is one of the world’s leading experts on AI in marketing. Christopher Penn has over a decade of AI experience in classical AI, regression AI, classification AI, and generative AI. Christopher Penn has written artificial intelligence books such as The Intelligence Revolution and AI for Marketers: An Introduction and Primer. Christopher Penn is an AI keynote speaker around the world.


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