Artificial Requires Intelligence

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

We have an interesting challenge this month by Kat Palmiotti regarding our thoughts on Artificial Intelligence. This ought to be quite interesting reading. My thoughts come from a place of sincere concern.

First, let's look at what the words, artificial intelligence actually mean:

Artificial - Something made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally.

Intelligence - the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills and to be able to reason.

When you look at these terms independently, it reasons that in order to create anything "artificial", it requires human intelligence. The definition of these two terms together means, "the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems." 

My biggest concern thus far with the whole, AI phenomenon stems from the lessening of humans actually thinking on their own. As a former high school Biology teacher, my students had to apply themselves, do some studying, and make an effort to pass the course.

With AI and many other technologies, people are reading less, writing has become a thing of the past (except for this fabulous AR Community), and basically, the human mind is becoming mush. This is not a good thing. We were blessed with a human mind that is a fascinating part of our bodies. However, did you know that we only tap into a fraction of what our minds are capable?

Imagine if we were able to tap into our minds in a deeper manner! I believe we are all capable of so much! Being led to believe that we can't achieve something is what most people are led to believe over their lifetime. What a shame.

Artificial anything will never, ever be equal to anything that is naturally occurring. Replicating life through cloning, etc. are all met with serious consequences and flaws. Intelligence derived artificially is just that, artificial.  And like artificial sweeteners, they are poison to the human body. I believe the same is true for AI - it will be poison to the human mind.


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Comments (18)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information, regarding AI. Wishing you continued success. Have a wonderful day and sell a house. bill

Jun 05, 2023 07:13 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Not only poison to the human mind, toxic and poison to the planet and humanity, Dr. Paula McDonald 

As I ponder what to write for my entry to the challenge, I feel myself feeling negative emotions.  

Jun 05, 2023 07:54 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist - I understand as that is exactly what I felt. I will not give in to this narrative though. 

Jun 05, 2023 07:57 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dr. Paula McDonald - Great entry! This is something we both agree on and are on the same page. I submitted 2 entries, one per the AR guidelines and another one today (without additional points). 

Jun 05, 2023 08:05 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dr. Paula McDonald we need to be careful to not turn over our intelligence to the intelligence we create. 

Jun 05, 2023 08:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent entry into this month's challenge. I totally understand your viewpoint. As was pointed out on another entry this morning, even things like doing math and finding an address are skills we are losing to being told the answer or the route.

Jun 05, 2023 09:19 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I do wonder where people will be down the road when so many rely on calculators and computers to do the thinking for them. When I was going to school, we had to do all our math on paper and even in college my homework was done with a slide rule, as I was taking engineering courses.

Jun 05, 2023 09:26 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Totally and completely with you on this Paula.

"Artificial" scares the daylight out of me as it is NOT from a human, as "INTELLIGENCE" is the use of the  human brain.

Those two words don't go together for me.

Jun 05, 2023 11:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dr. Paula McDonald  I agree with your post wholeheartedly, Sadly when I came to this country in 1967 I had a Political Science teacher who said there are 250 people who run this country.... I thought he was a fool... I believed this country was different than the rest of the world.... well I must say my Political Science teacher was right.... the people who control and run this country want to dumber down society and the people and Artificial Intelligence is the ticket.... if you think my comment is too harsh for you post feel free to delete it I will not be offended, Endre

Jun 05, 2023 10:56 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I can see benefits that can come from AI, but I'm quite concerns about the risk.  Especially, with any ability to process autonomously and act independently.

Jun 05, 2023 11:34 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Paula, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 05, 2023 11:46 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It seems that our food supply has been artificial for way too long, and intelligence has definitely been lacking, haha.

Jun 06, 2023 06:12 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Endre Barath, Jr. - I appreciate your candor and quite agree with what you were told. The more I dig, the more it points to a "group" that controls everything. I wish to remain an independent thinker and make my own decisions.

Jun 06, 2023 06:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Paula, for sharing your thoughts in response to the June challenge.

Jun 14, 2023 08:42 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Too late, people already don't think on their own. Ask someone where North is & have them point a finger.

Jun 14, 2023 11:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


There is so much truth in what you say about AI...are we giving up the use of our own intelligence and our ability to think and reason for something artificial? But just think about the possibilities for scammers, spammers and hackers...they are endless and frightening.


Jun 14, 2023 03:53 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I am in the same boat with you.  Far too much of current human behavior is reducing the ability to think logically, rationally and synthesizing all information or cognitive reasoning skills.  Yes searching on the Internet is great, but just maybe the old card catalog delivered more than just where the book was located in the library.

Jun 17, 2023 08:54 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I do not know enough about Artificial Intelligence to share an opinion. However, most of what I do read about the subject is not very uplifting. 

Jun 19, 2023 06:59 AM