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Cause Effect And. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532

Cause Effect And
The Conversation About
Intelligence Continues . . . 

Repetition plays a role in life.
It continues to be a regular part of my experience on this planet.   Some may say it is repartee although I imagine rigamarole might be more accurate.  In this regard, everyday life is simply complicated. 


I have often communicated on these pages about consequences. The intended as well of those from a somewhat silly side seem fair game. For me, there’s really not that much new or revolutionary about this thinking. 



That said, my thoughts on many topics continue to evolve.  There can be changes that seem abrupt while other things occur in less dramatic (and slower) ways.   This leads me to the subject of artificial intelligence and this submission to the ActiveRain challenge to kick off 2024.   Hosted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 and Carol Williams, the January effort explores the impact on us and how we adapt and adjust to AI.  



It’s my opinion that this particular road is a bumpy journey at times with detours aplenty as well as sightlines that are clearly beyond my myopic vision and views.  I take it in - remembering to breathe - pause and on more than one occasion, drift into pondering.  And that’s a familiar place for me as I navigate daily.  


The act of ponderment may not work for you.  And that’s okay. Hey, it doesn’t operate the same way each time for me.  There are nuances in evidence whatever direction I turn.  Oh yes, perspective can be added to that perennial to do list in my mind.


My enjoyment and enlightenment in reading quotes along with considering words of wisdom is also a part of my DNA.  And experiencing them in many forms complements my Already Inquisitive (my version of AI) behavior.  Noticing things happening as well as stuff not occurring can be frustrating for each of us - or, at least for me.  If my personal memory bank could interest me more intelligently, I might be more in touch with what is going on. 


I am hopeful. About a lot of things. However, I remain realistic, so I am not counting on powers of all-knowing insight.  And like intelligence and countless other things, hold on, I remain a work in progress.  Yes, I repeat that again. And again.  And being a bit of a smart @$$ is how I identify in reality.


The images in this post are from canstockphoto.com

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Michael I feel like we've all  been experiencing AI in various ways but just didn't add the hype that's been going on this past year or so.  The powers that be kicked it into high gear by teaming up and going full speed ahead.  Who knows what lies ahead.  Some good. Some not good. What drives me bonkers is some of the AI generated voices in ads.......so annoying.  Pondering why they think that's a great idea......

Jan 11, 2024 05:13 PM
Michael Jacobs

Anna "Banana" Kruchten - your comment reminds me of "what was once old is new again".  Or something like that.  So many aspects seem to be in play.  I remember seeing a vintage film in school about subliminal advertising and its importance in marketing.   While nothing alike, it brings back that memory.  I wonder why I don't like Coca Cola or popcorn.  🤣

Jan 11, 2024 05:32 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Oh I remember all the buzz about subliminal advertising......who knows if it worked or not.  I swear some of the AI voices seem to capture the younger crowd.  Me, not at all it's like scratching a chalk board listening to that high pitched voice. As far as popcorn goes, there is  a local theater owner (for years) that his Mom created their recipe for popcorn.  I think you might just like a little of that.  I wasn't a fan of popcorn for years until Gary started bringing those bags home.  Now - a little bit is mummy!

Jan 12, 2024 10:11 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I am of the opinion, like it or not, AI is here to stay and there will be many preposterous changes. I expect many will be blind sighted and many complications yet to be seen.  

Jan 11, 2024 05:30 PM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I also have no doubt and the saying, "is yet to be seen" seems quite evident to me.  

Jan 11, 2024 05:54 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - I'm trying hard to focus on what I have now. A year or more from now, these first few weeks of January could be the best we ever had. 

I hope not, but.... well, ready or not holding our breath isn't going to make a difference. 

Jan 11, 2024 05:58 PM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - as I wrote in the post - I am hopeful but realistic --- that same thought still resonates with me.  

Jan 11, 2024 06:06 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - My mistake. I'm sorry. I'm very overtired right now. 

Jan 11, 2024 06:53 PM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - it's okay, I understand how some things can happen.  

Jan 12, 2024 03:21 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Michael,
I could have sworn I commented on this post, but I don't see it so I guess the AR Gremlins ate it.

Your comment below caught my eye:
There can be changes that seem abrupt while other things occur in less dramatic (and slower) ways.

Very few things happen abruptly. It may seem that way but, in reality, they creep up on us slowly over time... like AI. It's been around and evolving for a long time. We are just now realizing and being educated to know we can use AI too, and not just have it used ON us.

Thanks or participating in our January Challenge.

Jan 12, 2024 05:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - glitchiness, feelings of gotcha and random getaway moments are evident throughout real life.  Come to think of it, they seem to occur artificially at times too.  I digress. . . 

Isn't it interesting (and on occasion, absolutely amazing) what catches our eye?  It's both intriguing and scary.  Ah, yes, it's the combination of such things - again.  Again.  And again.  

Thanks to you and Margaret for co-hosting this month's challenge.  Good luck gathering more entries.  Hope your mini road trip adventure continues to be really, really nice.  

Jan 12, 2024 05:48 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

So many have a fear that AI has a potential to take over our lives and lead us down a path that won't be pretty.

That may not be the same with the AI under which you operate

Jan 12, 2024 07:21 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - the expansion of my version of AI could expand/ extend beyond the purview of social media discourse.  And definitely wouldn't be intelligent enough for posting.  

Jan 12, 2024 11:11 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great information.  Thanks so much for sharing this with us

Jan 12, 2024 12:11 PM
Michael Jacobs

Ginger Harper - thank you for your comment.  

Jan 12, 2024 03:55 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Michael! I believe your line of thinking (err...pondering) is along the same lines as most. I know we've been using it but, not in our businesses until this past year (at least to my knowledge). Now, it's put most of us in a very suspicious state - wondering who wrote what most of the time! For the record, I'm confident you wrote this post! There are some who comment using Ai and that is disturbing to me! 

Excellent entry for Margaret & Carol's challenge, Michael. Thank you for participating!

Jan 12, 2024 05:16 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I feel relatively sure that there are some people (real estate and otherwise) regardless, of jurisdiction who live in the state of Suspicion.  I digress.   🕵🔍🕵


Jan 12, 2024 06:15 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Michael.

We know intelligent humans train AI. That means we're essentially using other intelligent people's expertise to harness AI's power across various industries.

I believe it's important to stay open-minded and cautious as we explore the possibilities and potentials of AI. Who knows where this could take us? Imagine the possibilities! AI writing can take us to unexplored lands of pondering and creative storytelling!

Jan 12, 2024 05:22 PM
Michael Jacobs

Aura Alex - the possibilities for good and evil have existed long before.  Caution meets skepticism.  

Jan 12, 2024 06:20 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I like that: "open-minded and cautious," Aura Alex. I feel like we NEED to know what is going on and be on top of if but, be ever-so careful with it too. My mission, one day, is to write a book, using the posts I've put together over the years. My fear is that those same posts that ranked well (back in the day, we ranked very high on this platform), will have been used on others' websites and I'll be penalized later. That's one reason, I don't ever delete my posts. They are date/time-stamped.

Jan 28, 2024 06:00 PM
Aura Alex

Michael Jacobs, We said similar things about the Internet in the early 80s. Today, we cannot live without it.

Debe Maxwell, CRS, Best of luck with your book. The worst thing that has happened to me was I plagiarized myself (published posts on my website vs. AR posts). It was why I don't let AR posts on Google—members only on the AR site.  

Jan 28, 2024 08:45 PM
Michael Jacobs

Aura Alex - thank you for your additional thoughts.  

Jan 29, 2024 01:43 AM
Towanda C. Gayle
Krystal Womble Elite Realtors - Dallas, TX
Real Estate Professional

Great read! I love your version of AI (Already Inquisitive). It will be an interesting ride to see how the government will use AI. To be honest, it’s a bit scary. But as with all challenges, I’ll face it head on. 

Jan 12, 2024 07:10 PM
Michael Jacobs

Towanda C. Gayle - yours sounds like a positive yet realistic approach to the subject.  That route can lead to better decision-making as the route twists/turns. 

I also hope this beginning stretch of your road trip on ActiveRain is proving to be beneficial for you.  Thank you for the comment.  

Jan 13, 2024 03:08 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Hi Michael Jacobs   As long as when you ponder...you do not wander so far that you cause your personal AI to pause...

Jan 12, 2024 08:11 PM
Michael Jacobs

Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker - well, I continue to wonder about those possibilities. . .   🙃

Jan 13, 2024 03:10 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

All this AI talk has got me wondering where it all goes. As always, I love your perspective.... Always Intriguing.

For fun I put these 5 words into the AI Compose just to see what it would produce 

Wandering Man versus pondering man

Here is what it spit out in about 5 seconds...

The wandering man and the pondering man met at a crossroads. The wandering man had a backpack full of stories from his travels, while the pondering man had a notebook full of questions from his thoughts. They decided to share their insights with each other, hoping to learn something new. The wandering man told the pondering man about the wonders of the world, the people he met, and the adventures he had. The pondering man told the wandering man about the mysteries of the mind, the concepts he explored, and the ideas he had. They found that they had a lot in common, despite their different lifestyles. They both valued curiosity, creativity, and openness. They both enjoyed discovering new things, whether in the external or the internal realm. They both appreciated the beauty and complexity of life, whether in the natural or the abstract domain. They realized that they were not so different after all, just two seekers of truth and meaning in their own ways.

Kinda Fun.....



Jan 15, 2024 12:14 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debra Leisek - what a clever comment.  I enjoyed your experiment a lot.  Kinda Fun - Indeed!  I really like the creativity you showed/shared.  👍

Jan 15, 2024 06:55 PM
Debra Leisek

It is an all new concept to me and I am not sure how much I trust it but some of this AI could be used for creative purposes.  The bad news is that  more than likely, there are more people who will use it for their own self-serving  uses!  Good Versus Evil lives on.....

Jan 15, 2024 11:18 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debra Leisek - I am rarely described as a goody two shoes kind of person.  However, I am hopeful that there will be more good than bad when it comes to the expansion of artificial intelligence.  Of course, being skeptical (which I have been called more than once) tells me that following the money can help put things in perspective.  Yes, I ponder...  🤔

Jan 16, 2024 11:12 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  AI is the voice I speak to when they insist they can help me when I call Amazon about a package that has not been delivered.  This is a work in process.  

I hope you have a great day. 

Jan 15, 2024 11:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - we continue on the road of discovery in countless ways.  I hope your 2024 is off to a terrific start - stay as warm as possible.  

Jan 15, 2024 06:56 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

My sense many of us are a work in progress and if we forget that we lose so many opportunities. I agree about consequences and remember that old physics quote (Newton's third law) about "every action has an equal and opposite reaction."

Jan 17, 2024 12:16 PM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - I believe there are so many things working in different directions that it might look maze-like if it could be observed from afar.  Quotes can provide more than a glimpse into what's happening around us.   Even when it seems confusion is reigning.   

Jan 17, 2024 01:42 PM
Leanne Smith

So often the quotes of others are their wisdom that we may not have at that moment in time.

Jan 17, 2024 01:52 PM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - quotes can be quite telling at times.  

Jan 19, 2024 01:59 AM
Leanne Smith

 Yes quotes can be quite telling.

Jan 19, 2024 06:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Michael. 

We have another cold day in Maryland and expect more snow on Friday. Dolores deferred her plans to shop at Costco today.

Jan 18, 2024 09:49 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I remember before moving to the Washington DC area and being told, the weather in the area was relatively moderate.  Well, I guess that depends on perspective, doesn't it?  I l laugh (often to myself) - look for the clues. . .  

Jan 18, 2024 10:00 AM
Roy Kelley

We moved to Maryland from Virginia Beach which has a milder climate. However, we do love the greenery in Maryland. We did not know it at the time but Gaithersburg is one of the best locations in Maryland for weather conditions.

Jan 18, 2024 10:15 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - since I worked as a buyer for Woodward & Lothrop in the mid-1980s, my memory of Gaithersburg was associated with the Lakeforest Mall. 

The updates in your blogging repertoire provided me with insight and a connection to those times.   I remember when I moved there, I was told that there were big opportunities in mind for that part of Montgomery County.  Sadly, that changed.   First, W&L going out of business years after I left, then the change in retail where that mall was one of many casualties in this country.  I continue to stay aware of what is happening in the area so your MoCo news is appreciated by me.  

Jan 19, 2024 02:14 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There always seems to be cause-and-effect, and as well a reason for the season, all of the exact same time. /) . it’s really funny how that works all the time.

Jan 18, 2024 11:01 PM
Michael Jacobs

Laura Cerrano - coincidence or something else.  I wonder.  

Jan 19, 2024 02:16 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

All of your answers are very compelling and yet very crystal. Clear in a lot of other ways. I always learn something from all of you guys

Jan 18, 2024 11:03 PM
Michael Jacobs

Laura Cerrano - thank you.  

Jan 19, 2024 02:16 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Whoever just said, facing ahead on is the way to go has the right idea. Very inspiring. All of it.! ;)..

Jan 18, 2024 11:07 PM
Michael Jacobs

Laura Cerrano - there are times when sayings and quotes pop into my head.  Memories too.  Randomness.  With intention.  Yes, I continue to wonder.  

Jan 19, 2024 02:18 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes, as the world turns it gets smaller and for the better and we go from there. :). Love and light as always. :)

Jan 22, 2024 11:42 PM
Michael Jacobs

Laura Cerrano - the world continues to change/evolve.  It's interesting as an observer as well as a resident of this planet.  🌎🌍🌏  

Jan 23, 2024 07:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Michael Jacobs

I love how you explore and ponder things in all shapes and forms.  And I do not think you need any brain exercises. You are doing just fine and thanks for entering this month's contest.

Jan 24, 2024 10:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - my brain fitness program continues in all sorts of ways.  Thank you for co-hosting this month's challenge.  

Jan 24, 2024 10:41 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Good points as usual Michael. After all "the more things CHANGE, the more the stay the SAME". Jeff

Jan 24, 2024 11:12 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI - there is sameness of change in some aspects.  That combines with the topsy-turviness of the experience which constantly evolves.  

Jan 24, 2024 12:47 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

I always enjoy your thought-provoking thoughts.  I think AI is here to stay - and probably needs much ponderment as we evolve!

Jan 28, 2024 08:06 PM
Michael Jacobs

Cara Marcelle Mancuso - thank you.  I think you are correct in thinking that AI will continue to live/lurk among us.  Change/Evolution is part of its existence.  

Jan 29, 2024 01:27 AM