Six Crows is a fairy tale picture book created by the late famous art collector and picture book artist. It describes a farmer plowing a wheat field in a serene valley at the foot of the Balabarafutu Mountain. There were six crows living near this wheat field, and they liked to peck the fresh and tender wheat grains when they were ripe. In an attempt to scare the crows away from the wheat field, the farmer created a scarecrow.
When the crows spotted the scarecrow holding a large stick, they became greatly alarmed and discussed together:
“We need to frighten that creature off!”
“Light a fire in the field,” shouted a crow.
The other crows cried out, “Our wheat will be gone if that happens.”
They offered many ideas before deciding to construct a fierce kite. They created a really ugly and vicious “bird” out of dried leaves and bark. The following day, they flew the kite over the wheat field. The farmer fled back into the house in terror.
Soon, another bigger scarecrow appeared in the wheat field, holding two swords. “This will make it right,” the farmer said.
The six crows saw a new threat and built a bigger and fiercer kite, which frightened the farmer so hard, he was too scared to go out.
“I don’t know who is more stupid, the farmer or the crow,” an owl in the tree hole shook its head and said — it has been observing.
When the owl noticed that the wheat was withering due to neglect, she decided to have a talk with the farmer. “Why can’t you and the crows make peace?” said the owl.
“It’s too late now!” The farmer yelled angrily.
“It’s never too late to negotiate,” said the owl.
The owl approached the six crows, who were horrified to learn that the wheat was likely to wither, and inquired, “What else can we do?” The owl advised them to talk with the farmer because “words can do magic.”
The two parties agreed to meet by the owl’s nest. The owl stood by and looked on. They were irate before engaging in friendly conversation.
The farmer said, “I miss you so much, your chirping, chirping, joking, and spitting.”
“We miss your wheat too,” said the crows. Soon they were laughing together.
“We have to thank the owl.”
“But where is she now?” said the farmer.
The owl’s nest is empty. They looked for her everywhere.
When they came to the wheat field, the huge scarecrow was still standing there, its savage visage face having turned into a cheerful smile. The owl just stopped on the scarecrow’s arm.
“What happened?” they asked.
“It’s magic,” said the owl.
Leo Lionni’s story is done. Perhaps the “owl” has evolved into ChatGPT and is actively attempting to develop “empathy” for human beings.
Nowadays, interpersonal networking is found to be so shallow, whereas war and strife are continuing to rise, reminiscent of the scarecrow-kite fight.
A new social paradigm called the “Social Network for AI” is provided by ChatGPT.
Yet we have barely utilized 5% of ChatGPT’s capabilities, which accounts for only the tip of the iceberg.
SINSO intends to update DataLand soon to further integrate ChatGPT features, make ChatGPT more accessible to everyone, and gradually release its magic. With ChatGPT, the “magic of vocabulary” is being developed. The encounter with the “owl” will be enjoyable once we can log in using MetaMask.
To be continued …