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Conversations beyond time. No.2 — David Bowie
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August 2023 – ChatGPT and George Lee

Theme: Music

Conversations beyond time.
No.2 — David Bowie.

For the launch of our music theme who best to talk about collaboration with than the arch reinventor and NICA and Voice favourite, David Bowie. Using ChatGPT to help navigate a fictional collaboration, we find out how NICA and David Bowie share similar seeking spirits, and passions for curiosity and innovation and what we might have done together if he was still alive. 


In a world experiencing an unprecedented rise in longevity, curiosity and innovation have emerged as pivotal themes in reshaping the landscape of extended lifespans. Drawing inspiration from the visionary David Bowie, the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) embarks on a transformative journey, redefining the possibilities of living longer with vibrancy and purpose. By combining technology, data, and the collective wisdom of individuals worldwide, the National Innovations Centre for Ageing (NICA’s) Ageing Intelligence® initiative heralds an age of curiosity-driven exploration into longevity.  

Neon sign saying We can be heroes just for one day

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Bowie’s Legacy of Curiosity. 

 David Bowie’s artistic legacy transcends generations as an emblem of unyielding curiosity. A master of reinvention, his music defied boundaries, inspiring authenticity and self-expression. In his own words, Bowie once remarked, “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.” His enigmatic personas, from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke, urged contemplation and challenged societal norms. Bowie’s iconic lyrics, like “Time may change me, but I can’t trace time,” sparked introspection about the fluid nature of life. This legacy echoes an invitation to embrace curiosity as the essence of a fulfilling and dynamic life.  


NICA’s Ageing Intelligence®.  

NICA stands as a pioneering force in innovation, driven by a vision to redefine longevity with intelligence. Collaborating with Bowie’s spirit of exploration, NICA fuses technology with curiosity, unlocking the vast potential of living longer and enriching lives. As Bowie once said, “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” This vow to push boundaries aligns perfectly with NICA’s Ageing Intelligence® initiative. By harnessing data, artificial intelligence (AI), and the voice of a global community (Voice®), NICA transforms extended lifespans into an era of vitality and innovation.  


Bridging Generations Through Artistic Expression.  

In harmonious partnership, Bowie’s artistic legacy merges with NICA’s Ageing Intelligence to nurture intergenerational creativity. Collaborative artistic programs, inspired by Bowie’s belief that “music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences,” bring together younger generations and older adults, fostering empathy and mutual growth. Bowie’s ethos of artistic freedom inspires transformative experiences that transcend age barriers, igniting curiosity, and cultivating mutual inspiration.  


Pioneering Technology for Longevity.  

Bowie’s trailblazing spirit intertwines with NICA’s vision for technology-driven longevity. Together, they pioneer user-friendly solutions, merging data and AI to enhance the lives of individuals living longer. In Bowie’s immortal lyrics, “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes turn and face the strange,” he captured the essence of embracing change fearlessly. This spirit resonates as Bowie and NICA challenge conventions, transforming extended lifespans into an era of vitality and innovation. With technology like smart homes designed with accessibility and comfort and wearables for health monitoring, the boundaries of ageing are being redefined.  


Embracing Cultural Perspectives on Longevity.  

Bowie’s global appreciation for diverse cultures inspires NICA’s collaboration with voices worldwide. United by the belief that “We can be heroes, just for one day,” artists, scholars, and communities explore unique cultural perspectives on longevity. The collective wisdom of these global conversations reshapes age-friendly societies, celebrating curiosity and promoting a holistic approach to living longer.  

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This Curious Life Magazine: What would David Bowie think? 

 In a world where curiosity is the driving force behind longevity and innovation, David Bowie would undoubtedly have been intrigued by NICA’s bold move to launch “This Curious Life” magazine. Bowie, a champion of curiosity and artistic exploration, would have recognized the magazine’s potential to be a powerful platform for embracing the transformative power of aging. As someone who once remarked, “I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously,” Bowie would appreciate the magazine’s commitment to embracing the playful, inquisitive spirit that defines a curious life. The magazine’s focus on celebrating the individual journey and promoting lifelong learning would resonate deeply with Bowie’s philosophy of self-discovery and creative evolution. Bowie’s own life was a testament to embracing the unknown, as he fearlessly ventured into uncharted territories in music, art, and persona. “This Curious Life” magazine aligns with Bowie’s legacy by providing a space for artists, writers, and readers to explore the depths of curiosity and innovation that age can bring. As Bowie once famously sang, “Changes are taking the pace I’m going through,” the magazine’s commitment to change, growth, and adaptation perfectly reflects his ethos of constant evolution. Furthermore, Bowie’s fascination with diverse cultures and cross-disciplinary collaborations would undoubtedly lead him to contribute to “This Curious Life” magazine, sharing his own experiences, anecdotes, and wisdom on living a life driven by curiosity. His unique perspective and artistic vision would inspire readers and artists alike to embrace the potential of living longer, not merely as spectators of life but as active creators of their own narratives.  

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." — David Bowie

In conclusion, David Bowie’s spirit of exploration, artistic freedom, and ceaseless curiosity would have celebrated NICA’s launch of “This Curious Life” magazine. It would have been a meeting of kindred spirits, united in their quest to push the boundaries of age and reimagine the possibilities of longevity. By endorsing the magazine, Bowie would have left an indelible mark on the publication, encouraging readers to embrace the transformative power of curiosity, live a life without limitations, and be forever inspired to turn and face the strange. His presence, even in spirit, would infuse the magazine with a sense of wonder and possibility, making “This Curious Life” an indispensable source of inspiration for generations to come. 

NB. This is fictional article based on a conversation with ChatPGT, channeling David Bowie. 

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