Another Writer on AI

I’ve recently been exploring the uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

It quickly became apparent there are major positive and negative aspects of AI. I share the grave concerns of many about the dangers of AI. The ultimate being robots with AI learning how to “take over” the world. Perhaps deciding humans need to be eliminated.

On the other hand, AI is an astounding tool for research. (See: My new friend, AI).

One blog I follow is written by Sheila Kennedy, a retired law professor from Indiana University. Today she wrote “Asking ChatGPT”. ChatGPT is one application interface for Artificial Intelligence. Most AI applications allow you to interact with them without charge for a limited number of uses.

I asked, the AI application I use, to list free artificial intelligence applications for you. I encourage you to try one of them out. The response:

There are several free artificial intelligence applications available. Some of the best options include TensorFlow, Scalenut, Anyword,, UserWay, Lityx, neuroflash, and Equally AI. Here are the URLs for each of these applications:




Following is from Kennedy’s article today.

While my son and I were discussing the absolutely mind-blowing abilities of this new technology, I asked him to ask ChatGPT a rather more pedestrian question: “Are young people today more politically engaged than young people 30 years ago? Include any statistical indicators (for example, voter turnout).

(My question was prompted by Lester’s predictable, stubborn dismissal of any suggestion that young people today might be more politically engaged or less self-involved than he is convinced they are.)

That response was also lengthy, but here are the relevant portions:

The pressing issues facing today’s youth, such as climate change, economic inequality, and social justice, have motivated many to become more politically engaged. These issues have spurred activism and participation in protests, which can be seen as an indicator of increased political engagement.

There are several statistical indicators that can be used to measure political engagement, including voter turnout, political party membership, and involvement in political organizations. However, these indicators may not provide a complete picture of political engagement, as they often focus on formal political participation and may not capture informal engagement, such as activism or online discussions.

Voter Turnout: Voter turnout among young people has historically been lower than older age groups. However, recent elections in various countries have shown an increase in youth voter turnout. For example, in the 2018 US midterm elections, voter turnout among 18-29-year-olds increased to 36% from 20% in the 2014 midterms, according to the United States Census Bureau. Similarly, the 2020 US Presidential election saw a significant increase in youth voter turnout.

Political Party Membership: Although party membership has declined overall in many Western countries, some parties have reported an increase in young members. For example, in the UK, the Labour Party saw a surge in youth membership in 2015-2017 under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Involvement in Political Organizations: Young people today are often engaged in various political organizations or advocacy groups, such as climate change movements like the Sunrise Movement in the US or Extinction Rebellion in the UK.

While these indicators suggest an increase in political engagement among young people, it is essential to keep in mind that these trends can vary depending on the political climate and specific issues driving engagement. Additionally, increased political engagement does not always translate into increased political influence, as young people may still face barriers in having their voices heard or making an impact on policy decisions.

The entire response took three minutes.

It’s possible that humans are no longer necessary….

Asking ChatGPT by Sheila Kennedy, April 7, 2023

I was hoping AI might give me some ideas to express my outrage at the actions taken at the Tennessee legislature yesterday. I’m working through the ethical implications of how to separate AI responses from my own writing. I plan to consult AI and use the response as I would any other research, then writing in my own words.

In this case though, as an example of what an AI response looks like, the following was totally written by

The Intersection of Gun Violence, Democracy, and Systemic Racism in Nashville

As tensions continue to rise in Nashville, the issues of gun violence, democracy, and systemic racism have begun to intersect in a way that is causing concern for many. The recent ousting of two young legislators, along with the predominantly young age of the protesters, suggests that a backlash may be developing.

Gun Violence in Nashville

Gun violence has long been a problem in Nashville, with the city seeing a significant uptick in shootings over the past year. According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, there were 1,096 shooting incidents in 2020, compared to 800 in 2019. This increase in gun violence has put a strain on the city’s resources and has left many residents feeling unsafe.

Democracy and Systemic Racism

The issue of democracy and systemic racism has also been a point of contention in Nashville. The recent ousting of two young legislators, who were seen as progressive voices in the state government, has sparked outrage among many residents.

Many believe that their ousting was politically motivated and that it was a way for the more conservative members of the government to silence progressive voices. This has led to protests in Nashville, with many young people taking to the streets to voice their concerns about democracy and systemic racism.

Intersection of Issues

The fact that the two ousted legislators are young, as are many of the protesters, suggests that the issues of gun violence, democracy, and systemic racism are beginning to intersect. Many young people in Nashville are concerned about their safety in a city that has seen a sharp increase in shootings. At the same time, they are also concerned about the state of democracy in their state and the country as a whole.

The intersection of these issues has created a sense of urgency among many young people in Nashville. They see the need for change and are willing to take to the streets to demand it. However, there is also concern that this could lead to a backlash from those who oppose these progressive changes.


The intersection of gun violence, democracy, and systemic racism in Nashville is a complex issue that will require a multifaceted approach to address. It is clear that young people in the city are feeling the effects of these issues and are ready to demand change. However, it is also important to consider the potential for backlash and to find ways to address these issues that are inclusive and effective for all residents of Nashville.


At the Iowa State legislature

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