Artificial Intelligence can be a useful tool, but only a tool

AI, artificial intelligence, is big on the opinion pages, especially since ChatGPT has made some astounding claims. Some see it as the greatest opportunity since the alphabet and others as the end of the world. Reality lies somewhere between. Workers have felt threatened by progress at least since the invention of the power loom in 1784. Some disgruntled textile workers called Luddites were so upset they began smashing textile machinery. There were probably similar earlier revolts, but before Guttenberg’s press in 1440, with movable type, there was little communication of new labor-saving devices like the spinning wheel, or anything else. People were told what to believe, even ordered to.