Thoughts on AI and the future...

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As we all know, AI - artificial intelligence - is all the rage right now. Plenty of companies have been using it for years, but now it's available to anyone who can use a computer.

Copywriters, graphic designers, web coders, and others are worried that their jobs artificial intellligenceare going to go away. And some jobs - the ones that don't require a degree of human thought and creativity - probably will.

I've been looking in to this a lot, because the copywriting gurus say Chat GPT is a good tool, even for copywriters, if you know how and when to use it. I explored that question in When and Why People Need Human Copywriters, on my blog this week.

What really has me wondering...

A concerning question popped into my head this morning, and it has to do with the education of our young people.

We know that kids are using AI to write essays for school. Some are using it for term papers and I expect some will be using it for their Master's Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation. After all there is a segment of the population that will take the easy route, even if it's illegal, immoral, unethical - or just plain cheating.

We also know that more and more schools are failing to teach grammar. Between that and the rise of texting, the ability to communicate clearly is falling by the wayside for many. 

Since a lot of children don't like writing, I expect some will try to fall back on AI to handle basic communication for them. Can you see Junior going to AI and asking it to write a thank you note to Grandma for a Birthday gift? I'm willing to bet that a few will try! (That is, if parents still teach kids to write thank you notes.)

But here's the Catch: You need good grammar to use ChatGPT successfully.

From what I've been reading - users must write in complete sentences, with grammar is important to communicationcorrect grammar, if they want AI to understand what they want. (Hmmm... just like real people!)

It might be fun to read some of the essays that get turned in for school assignments in the next year or so. Since AI can only answer what it understands to be the question, and since it can't distinguish between truth and fiction, we might learn that the moon really IS made of green cheese!

Someone needs to tell the schools!

Clear communication is important. Without it, we're all just in a big mess of misunderstanding. So - schools should demand that teachers teach grammar - and insist on kids using good grammar even in history, geography, and science classes.

A 3rd grade teacher once told me that she did not correct children's grammar in school because it would be insulting to the parents. I was speechless at that one.

Also, I think it should be a condition of continued employment that those teachers who don't use good grammar go back and take  classes until they learn. Then they should be able to pass a simple grammar exam.


Comments (23)

Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I am still old school. I use a Thesaurus, the Dictionary and have even more concerns about AGI (Artifical General Intelligence) than AI tho AI is the stepping stone to AGI.

May 12, 2023 01:29 PM
Marte Cliff

Leanne Smith I know next to nothing about AGI - guess I'd better do my research!

I too have a well-used thesaurus sitting next to my desk - a wonderful book.

May 12, 2023 07:59 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I had a long conversation with my wife about this.  And while we do have an alexa and of course and iPhone and even some "smart" appliances and thermostats in our house she explained in a staff meeting her opposition to not being "your authentic self" in social media and blogging.  She described it as being taken out to dinner by a computer vs. a friend. 

May 12, 2023 01:32 PM
Marte Cliff

Don Baker - I think there are some places where your authentic self is not necessary. For instance, in a move-out checklist for sellers or a list of first things to do when you move into a new house.

But most things do benefit from an injection of personality, and for those things, you do need to be your authentic self.

May 12, 2023 08:03 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


You've raised some excellent thoughts and concerns. The world of communication is changing so rapidly these days, and perhaps in some cases it's easier but not necessarily better.


May 12, 2023 04:46 PM
Marte Cliff

Jeff Dowler, CRS I sure don't think it's better. All of the abbreviations and partial sentences people use today leave a whole barn door open for misunderstandings. Add poor grammar that leaves people thinking "what did they mean by that?" and perhaps coming up with the wrong answer.

Of course, all this works for some - such as politicians. If no one knows what the heck you meant, it's easy to say "No, I didn't say that."

May 12, 2023 08:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Marte-Put me in the "old school" category!  If you watch the news anymore, many of the news readers have poor grammar. Read a news article and you'll find poor grammar. Perhaps we are the ones corrupting the AI robots with our poor use of the English language!! LOL

May 12, 2023 07:12 PM
Marte Cliff

There's a thought, Kathy Streib. If so, the guru's advice about using complete sentences and good grammar will be unnecessary. We can all just get busy tossing word salad! 

May 12, 2023 08:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Marte don't get me started, first of all it will increase cheating in schools which is already a problem... then add to that today's teachers may ai say for the last 50 years have been well let's be kind less than subpar.... three generations of children are not familiar with World History or American History.... OK I will stop, Endre

May 12, 2023 09:27 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Endre Barath, Jr. I could jump right up on that soap box with you. I don't know what kids are being taught in school, but it's not much. But what can we expect when the teachers don't know grammar, history, etc. themselves? Pretty hard to teach something when you're clueless about it.

I got mad and took both of  mine out when they were in 2nd grade - kept them home until High School. That all started when one of the teachers told me to send my firstborn to school with comic books so he'd have something to do while other kids were struggling with reading.

May 12, 2023 09:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Marte I also blame the parents.... when I was growing up my parents checked my homework, asked questions what I learned and the list goes on and on..... Endre

May 12, 2023 10:16 PM
Marte Cliff

I agree Endre Barath, Jr. Teaching begins - or should begin - long before children are school age, and parents should keep right on paying attention.

Thanks to me, my husband, my Mom, and my Grandmother, my kids could read before they went to school. They were also pretty good at basic math, from playing cribbage with Mom and Grandmother.

But if the parents don't know, they can't teach... and THAT goes back to their parents and teachers, and on and on.

May 13, 2023 08:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Marte... did you ever say a mouthful! This post should be published in national newspapers if you ask me.

May 13, 2023 04:47 AM
Marte Cliff

Thank you Nina Hollander, Broker.

May 13, 2023 08:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

AI should be considered cheating if used to write essays, homework assignments, and the like and yes, teachers should be required to know grammar. That's what I think!

May 13, 2023 04:55 AM
Marte Cliff

Kat Palmiotti - I believe you and I are on the same wavelength!

May 13, 2023 08:30 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have not used AI myself, but then again my car drives itself so I guess that is driven by AI, haha.

May 13, 2023 05:29 AM
Marte Cliff

Brian England - if your car drives itself, then I guess you are using AI - just not for writing.

May 13, 2023 08:31 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Well said, Marte Cliff!  Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 

May 13, 2023 05:25 PM
Marte Cliff

How do YOU feel about it, Ray Henson?

May 13, 2023 07:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 13, 2023 06:17 PM
Marte Cliff

Thank you Kathy Streib!

May 13, 2023 07:01 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Good morning Marte Cliff ,

Communication and grammar on the professional stage has been lost for years! Even before AI ,observe how many broadcasters and people in general end a sentence with AT !! 🤯  

May 14, 2023 06:35 AM
Marte Cliff

Buzz Mackintosh - I guess I haven't been paying much attention to broadcasters, but I do occasionally hear someone (usually on the phone in a grocery store) saying "Where re you at?" That jars just like the answers I hear: "I'm like at the grocery store."

Whoever started that "like" epidemic should have been gagged forever.

May 14, 2023 07:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Buzz Mackintosh I cringe when I hear people say "Me and Joe" and many more things. 

May 14, 2023 06:03 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I guess time will tell the rest of the story. Hopefully there will be someone available to write the real story. There are many reasons to believe AI will not be fair and truthful, more likely politically biased. 

Kids today can't even read a clock.... let alone books.  

Great Post Marte Cliff  Food for thought!

May 14, 2023 09:13 PM
Marte Cliff

Debra Leisek I wish I could disagree with you. We've already seen proof that it is politically biased, but then... so are far too many other things.

The dumbing down of kids bothers me a lot. Other countries are moving forward and we're teaching our children less and less.

It especially bothers me to think that if some child of the future wanted to become a historian, they would be unable to read old documents written in cursive - because schools no longer teach it.

May 14, 2023 09:23 PM
Debra Leisek

Good point Marte Cliff  ! They wouldn't know how to read cursive and they couldn't comprehend it anyway! 

May 16, 2023 12:03 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I have two main concerns about AI, in general, and one thought, Marte Cliff.

First and foremost, I do not trust it.  We have seen over the last few years how stories are manipulated on automated systems.  This sounds like it will learn to get better as it goes.  Does that mean that it will get better at convincing us and our children whatever those that control it want us to think.  We already have that problem.

My second issue with it is that it may just be a variation of what we have now.  Customer service that really does not provide the help we need.

AI is a tool.  I do not think there is much difference in using Cliff's Notes, an Encyclopedia or something found on Google, but it should be referenced just like each of those tools, with parenthesis.  I  guess I would have more in class essays and tests. 

I can remember a few times not reading a book and using information from Cliff's Notes or, more embarrassing, watching the movie.  My teachers were smart enough to know and my grades reflected my laziness.  Hopefully, there are still good teachers like that in the world. 

May 15, 2023 04:36 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Ray Henson I share your concerns. I think AI is a large part of keeping watch over us - one reason my home does not have a smart TV.

As for teachers. I share your hope, but I doubt there are many.

Whether by accident or design, the work ethic that built this country has gone by the wayside. It's been replaced by far too many people doing as little as they can get away with - or doing nothing at all and letting the government take care of them.

May 15, 2023 09:02 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Debra Leisek Future historians will be in trouble, especially if there's no one left to teach them to read and write cursive. Some of that old handwriting is hard to decipher even when you were raised writing in cursive - how would it be for them?

May 16, 2023 09:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Marte Cliff - I am just now getting to your excellent blog post about AI. This topic has been on my mind for a long time along with plagiarism. I recently read an article that was marketing real estate agents to use AI for blog posts because they could get out about 140 posts in less than about 10 minutes. I don't have the right stats because when I read the article, I shredded it and got rid of it immediately. The point is, it really made me angry. 

I am concerned about real estate, schools, the elections, and every piece of communication being blasted to the public. Nobody wants to think critically anymore. They just want to be right, done, and to move on to making more money. It makes me sick. 

Also, I am very concerned about "future historians," moral choices, ethics, and greater problems coming. Our world is so unstable now and quality has become a word of the past. 

May 20, 2023 09:42 PM
Marte Cliff

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I think all we can do is be aware of it - and beware of it!

May 20, 2023 09:47 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Where AI will take us is still an open question. Yet, we must grapple with AI and learn to use it in order to understand how it can help and how it can hinder.

Jun 08, 2023 07:03 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

John Juarez I agree. We don't have to like it but we do need to understand it. And we need to recognize that much of what we read from here on will be unverified. Almost like just listening to rumors.

I'm not even sure "Trust but verify" works any more. Maybe now it's just "Be skeptical."

Jun 08, 2023 12:13 PM