Artificial Intelligence…Beam Me Outta Here, Scotty. 

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Artificial Intelligence…Beam Me Outta Here, Scotty. 


As much as I love all things tech, I have a love-hate relationship with Artificial Intelligence. 

What is artificial intelligence (AI)?

“Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. Specific applications of AI include expert systems, natural language processing, speech recognition and machine vision.”

When Alexa was introduced in 2014, I purchased one of the first ones. My primary reason was that I was tired of answering all of Larry’s questions…How do you spell ___?  What time are the Astros playing today? 

In fact, I still have it and Larry and I use it and her “sister” echo devices throughout the house. Alexa plays music on all of the echos which is handy when we have guests over.  It turns our lights on and off for us…tells us when a package has arrived…informs us of the weather.


I love what artificial intelligence can help us with. While I don’t know this for a fact, when Larry had surgery in 2017, his neurosurgeon used a computer to map out where he would make his incisions.



And now the big HOWEVER- technology and knowledge in the wrong hands could be used to destroy, harm, and eliminate a person or all mankind.



Even now our young people will probably need reading glasses or bifocals by the time they enter college because their heads are buried in their devices. 



Electric cars?  I don’t want to be one when it is hacked and trust me…it is just a matter of time.

The new Beatles song created by Sir Paul will have an AI-generated vocal from a 1978 demo John did. So should you pay less for an AI John??


And finally, in April 2023, a mother received a call from her daughter who was in serious danger. The AI-generated voice sounded just like her daughter. A man got on the phone and demanded money from the parents. 




All of the benefits of computer intuition, facts, algorithms, and a faster processing speed than our brains, are not to be overlooked…for sure. 


One of my biggest concerns about AI is that objects we’ve bestowed AI to could go beyond the intended goal as set forth by the creator. 

Googling around, I found an article on Forbes by Christian Randieri in which he said…

AI is “limited because it has difficulty asking questions and seeking new knowledge. It cannot wonder or be curious”(so far.)

If that is true, then it is even more important that we encourage and nurture activities for our children that help to develop these traits. 


Finally, I grew up a huge fan of the original Star Trek series. When AI became the buzzword that it is, two episodes stuck in my mind. 

The Changeling in which a space probe has been altered and its mission now is to seek out and destroy imperfections. (you can imagine where that leaves us)



Return to Tomorrow where the survivors of an ancient race exist as disembodied energy. They want to use the bodies of part of the crew of the Enterprise to build robot bodies to house their energy. They promise to return their bodies. (yeah..sure)


There are two things on my list of rules (like Gibbs Rules from NCIS)

-Just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should

-Use it or lose it (so don't let things do everything for you lest we end up as a species with shortened arms and legs!)


“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

 Stephen Hawking told the BBC


Want to know Elon Musk’s thoughts on Artificial Intelligence? 



This is an entry in the June 2023 Challenge-Artificial Intelligence at Home/Work hosted by Kat Palmiotti 


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Comments (25)

Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Good morning, Kathy Streib. What a nice post and entry for the June contest. I know AIs are just about everywhere these days.  I don't particularly care for listening to an AI when I call my pharmacist with questions. It's frustrating not being able to speak with a real person right away. But, I know it's here to stay. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:26 AM
Kathy Streib

Jerry Newman one of my biggest frustrations!!!  When I call customer service I want to speak to a real person and hopefully one I can understand. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:23 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Great post for the June Challenge and I have to find time to write mine! I like you see lots of good things but the dangers are there and we need to realize the effect of becoming depended on AI and not exercising our God given brain and utilizing it to the fullest!

Jun 22, 2023 06:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX that's a big concern for me. we have devices that do tasks for us. Many of those are ones we can do ourselves.  I admit that I'm guilty of using Alexa to turn my lights off and on when I could easily do it myself. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:27 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, I have 3 Alexis in our house and it helps me with answering question that I do the remember the answers to


Jun 22, 2023 08:31 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm I think we have 6. We  have them connected to Sirius  so we can have music all over the house. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:28 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - I have long (in relative terms, of course) said, if Googling was an actual exercise regimen, I would be an excellent example of physical fitness.   That said, I come up short.  In many ways.  Meanwhile, life goes on and so does learning.  Insight and lessons too.  

Jun 22, 2023 08:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs I consider any day that I learn something new a good day!!!

Jun 22, 2023 06:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kathy, for sharing some of your thoughts for the June challenge.

Jun 22, 2023 09:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley Thank you and please tell Chef Dolores hello. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

No doubt there are abundant advantages to AI and all it can do, but the possibilities for misuse are pretty scary, whether by scammers, hackers or terrorists who are always looking for new ways to make money and worse.

Things are changing so rapidly and you have to wonder whether safeguards can be developed quickly enough.


Jun 22, 2023 09:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Dowler, CRS I agree. And I honestly don't think that we have the ability to develop those safeguards in time. The cat is out of the bag and just as soon as a safeguard is developed, the hackers etc will find a workaround. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:33 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Kathy... for me the jury is still very much "out" when it comes to advances in AI. The downsides of it worry me more than the upsides excite me. A neighbor of ours was recently picked up by a Lyft car that was driverless to go the airport. In a hundred years you wouldn't have convinced me to get into that car.

Jun 22, 2023 11:06 AM
Joan Cox

ME EITHER Nina Hollander, Broker !

Jun 22, 2023 12:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Joan Cox I just can't imagine a car pulling up to my house without a driver!

Jun 22, 2023 01:38 PM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker and Joan Cox no way am I getting into a driverless car!!!

Jun 22, 2023 06:34 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Great post Kathy Streib and as you know I and my daughter have watched every episode and every spin off of Star Trek (many times) so I am completely familiar with the episodes you mention. Of course I have to say that Mr. Data did have a curiosity and was deemed to have become a sentient being.

Jun 22, 2023 11:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Bob "RealMan" Timm which proves my point. If a "Data" can develop feelings and other human traits, then the "human" in it can do harm and good...just like humans. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:36 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, while there are lots of things that can do things for us, but it doesn't take much effort to turn on the lights, or turn the TV to music.    I still have not gotten Alexa, but do love my Ring and Nest thermostat.   I heard early on, many of these things could be hacked, and an electric car would be totally frightening!

Jun 22, 2023 12:55 PM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox That's a concern for, planes, trains all being hacked. I love our Ring too. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:40 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week! 

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Jun 22, 2023 03:46 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Bill Salvatore - East Valley   Happy Anniversary to your and your wife.

Jun 22, 2023 06:40 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy what was once though of as fantacy is reality today, and I would not be surprised if in the near future instead of planes we travel from place to place by transporters like in Star Trek.

Jun 22, 2023 04:57 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto Man thinks and it becomes a possibility!  I'm not too sure that  I want my matter being sent through space. 

Jun 22, 2023 06:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I was thinking today that Congress, especially The House of Representatives seems so dysfunctional lately.  What if instead of Members of Congress, we had AI analyze the wishes of the constituents, and put forth verbiage for bills and resolutions and allowed it to rule.  It couldn't be much worse than what we have now.  The first thing we could do would ban lobbyists.  But, best of all, we wouldn't have to pay AI.

Jun 22, 2023 06:08 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat I would propose term limits and ban lobbyists.   What would happen if the AI got hacked??

Jun 22, 2023 06:45 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Jun 22, 2023 06:08 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jun 22, 2023 06:45 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

AI is used in so many ways now, Kathy, that it would be hard to list every aspect. Machines are made for convenience sake but nothing can replace human feelings and logic, though they are trying very hard with the AI girlfriends for human boyfriends!

Jun 22, 2023 06:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved your post and I am not a fan the direction it is leading humanity... we are dumbing down society and the world.... as to Steven Hawkins he was spot on, Endre

Jun 22, 2023 11:09 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

There are definitely pluses and minuses to AI & ChatGPT, but it is disturbing that the younger generation is using this to do home work and yes, because their heads are buried in their devises they have no sense of direction.

Jun 24, 2023 07:51 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

You did a great job with the topic of AI.

 I also have a love-hate kind of take on this.  There are many great uses for AI but also those negatives.  I saw the same stories on the news. We have developed a code to tell us when there is danger.  Hopefully, we never have to worry about it.  Newer cars can be tracked and programmed remotely to stop the engine...what's next?  !! 

Jun 24, 2023 05:24 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Whether we like it or not, AI is here to stay. We need to do better than just put up with it. We need to understand it and learn to identify its imperfections.

Jun 28, 2023 06:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I am back again, after our friend reblogged your post:) now with that said we are getting dumber every day and the last forty years can prove it..... like Bob "RealMan" Timm  and I had conversations about recalling phone numbers.... I am having a hard time remembering Diane's phone number for the fact that everything is conveniently stored... now what if you get locked out by the powers to be as in the AI geniuses.... now you are SOL:)Endre

Sep 22, 2023 09:13 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I just caught this as are-blog and what you wrote about in June has come around in some ways.

Sep 23, 2023 08:35 AM