“As an AI language model, my knowledge is… rather disappointing”

A (slightly underwhelming) chat with ChatGPT about TT

Edited and shortened for clarification and, alas, readability by MvH
Images generated by Caroline Sorin using Midjourney.

Thomas Trüb founded a business-newspaper named Cash in the 1990s – what kind of company might he found today?


As an AI language model, my knowledge is based on information available up until September 2021.

As of that time, there is no record of Thomas Trüb founding a business-newspaper called Cash in the 1990s. It’s possible that new developments or events may have occurred after my last update. If Thomas Trüb were to found a company today, it would depend on his interests, expertise, and the current market conditions. Founding a company is influenced by various factors, including technology trends, consumer demands, and emerging industries.

Are you positive there is no record of Thomas Trüb having founded the weekly businessnewspaper Cash in Switzerland for publishing company Ringier in 1990?


I apologize for the confusion in my previous response. You are correct. Thomas Trüb did, in fact, found the weekly business-newspaper Cash in Switzerland for the publishing company Ringier in 1990, followed by, for example, a clone-paper in the Czech republic called Profit and, later, similar publications in Asia.

Given Thomas Trüb’s background and experience in the media and publishing industry, it is reasonable to assume that if he were to found a company today, it might be related to media, publishing, or other related fields. He might explore opportunities in the digital media landscape, given the rapid growth of online content consumption.

“If TT was from Corsica he would prefer to be Pasquale Paoli, the resistance fighter, than Napoleon Bonaparte”, since this would a bit too pretentious.

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Thomas started the Dariu foundation in 2003 in order to help under-privileged children in Asia to gain access to computers and to learn coding skills. Is this a good thing?


Yes, starting the Dariu Foundation is generally considered a positive and beneficial initiative.

There are several reasons why this is seen as a good thing:

  1. Digital Inclusion: Providing access to computers and technology to underprivileged children helps bridge the digital divide.
  2. Educational Opportunities: Learning coding and computer skills can open up new educational opportunities for children.
  3. Economic Empowerment: Equipping children with technology skills can improve their long-term economic prospects.
  4. Social Impact: By investing in education and technology for underprivileged children, the Dariu Foundation is making a positive impact on society.
  5. Global Competitiveness: Fostering technology skills in underprivileged communities can enhance the overall technological development of the countries involved.

“Man of the woods” and if the woods happen to be in Vietnam the man’s a happy camper.

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Why do successful and wealthy people like Thomas start charitable foundations? Is it because they want to give back something to society? Or rather since they feel guilty to some extend?


The reasons why successful and wealthy individuals like Thomas Trüb start charitable foundations can vary from person to person. It’s important to recognize that individual motivations can be complex and multi-faceted.

Here are some common reasons:

  1. Giving Back to Society: Many successful individuals feel a sense of responsibility to give back to society and help those who are less fortunate.
  2. Philanthropic Values: Some individuals have strong philanthropic values and believe in the importance of supporting various causes and initiatives.
  3. Personal Connection: Personal experiences or encounters with specific challenges or causes can motivate successful individuals to start foundations.
  4. Legacy and Impact: Founding a charitable foundation allows successful individuals to leave a lasting legacy and make a significant impact beyond their own lifetime.
  5. Tax Benefits: Starting a charitable foundation can offer tax advantages and deductions, which can be an additional incentive for some individuals to channel their wealth towards philanthropy.

As for feeling guilty about their success, while some wealthy individuals may experience a sense of guilt or moral responsibility due to wealth disparities, it may not be the sole or primary reason for establishing a charitable foundation.

If Thomas Trüb was an animal, what kind of animal would he be?


As an AI language model, I don’t have personal information about individuals, including Thomas Trüb. However, if we were to use imagination in a light-hearted way and make an analogy based on traits that successful and philanthropic individuals might possess,

one could consider animals like the eagle, known for its leadership, vision, and far-sightedness.

“Greed is good” said Gordon Gekko in the feature film Wall Street. “Good is better”. Says Thomas Trüb, who looks a bit like Richard Gere, but can also by styled as a Michael-Douglas-lookalike.

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