> Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher playing tennis on a tennis court in a Japanese anime style, showcasing the “Wimbledon Effect”. Thatcher is dressed in a tennis outfit, holding a racket, and focused on a powerful serve. The setting is colorful and vibrant, reflecting the spirit of anime. The scene captures her determination and energy, with dynamic action lines emphasizing her movement. The background features a classic Wimbledon-like tennis court, with a subtle nod to the “Wimbledon Effect”. Aspect ratio 16:9.


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The True Meaning Behind “Don't Look It Up!”

Today was the weekly Friday Asakai where we reviewed newspaper article picks, but since there was a Golden Week holiday, it covered two weeks' worth of articles.

I thought it would definitely not end in just one hour, and as expected, it did not.

And the last article we covered, right at the end, was this one.

The Wimbledon Effect of AI

Before picking this article, I thought that most members probably wouldn't know the term “Wimbledon Effect”. But I felt it's a useful term to know, and learning about it would also expose us to topics like economic history and financial history, so I decided to pick it.

It's also deeply related to this article we covered about a month ago.

D-kun, do you know about the Wimbledon Effect?

So when I asked this new employee if he knew about the “Wimbledon Effect” – let's call him D-kun for now since he just joined and doesn't have a nickname yet.

He said “I looked it up, yes I looked it up.”

Hm? He looked it up.

I wanted to know if he knew it or not, but it seems he looked it up while I was talking with the other members.

So I blurted out without thinking, “D-kun, don't look it up!”

After saying it, I realized it was very rude of me to say just that without explaining the context. He looked a bit puzzled, but we didn't have much time left in the Asakai. An hour had already passed by then, so I couldn't give a proper explanation and had to end it there. That's why I'm explaining my true intentions here now.

I think he kindly looked it up for us. But then I, the AL, told him not to look it up.

Thanks for looking it up, but…

As I've written here before, I believe there are times when it's good to look things up and times when it's not.

In this day and age, you can find answers by looking things up, and search is becoming more and more convenient and powerful. Eventually AI assistants may become commonplace, and the act of looking things up itself might disappear.

When that happens, I think what's important is having dialogue with the person in front of you.

We're part of a company organization, so we have colleagues. We're in an environment where others can help us with things we don't know. When you don't know something, I think it's very important to listen to what they have to say, or to ask them about it.

I don't think it matters at all if you don't know something.

It's not some fault of yours or a weak point, it just happens to be something you didn't know.

And by asking others about it, the person being asked will get better at communicating regardless of whether they knew the answer or not. That's what teaching others is about.

And what do you think, which is more interesting – looking it up online or asking a person?

Of course, the effort to look things up yourself is important too.

There's certainly joy in looking up things you don't know and learning about them, and if it's part of your work duties, the ability and effort to look things up on your own is very important.

You won't grow if you only rely on asking others.

The Asakai is not just a task, but meaningful work.

However, Asakai is not just a routine task. It's a place for us to discuss issues happening in the company, align our schedules, and learn together about what's happening in society and the background behind it by reading newspaper articles.

In a setting like that, you ask about things you don't know, and answer about things you might know. I want us to value that kind of relationship.

We do telework every day. If everyone started looking things up on their own without consulting each other, taken to the extreme it would eliminate the need for conversation, and I think it would make the company itself unnecessary.

It was out of that concern that I ended up just telling him “don't look it up”.

I'm sorry, D-kun.

Since he's not a native Japanese speaker, I'll translate this post into English so he can understand it properly.

Translated by Claude3 opus.

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