By: Keith Kappes
Carter County Times
Like you, I’m seeing and hearing lots of comments about artificial intelligence and what it could mean for the future.
I know, for example, that schools have established technology safeguards to determine if research papers or other creative writing is being done through computer software rather than a human brain.
Some of the demonstrations of artificially recreated speaking and singing voices, plus instrumentation, are nothing less than amazing. I suspect that some of the direct mail I receive is being written by a computer.
Professional screenwriters, now on strike, say they fear being replaced by AI-generated scripts. A middle-aged college professor told me that he expects to be replaced by AI when he retires, if not before!
As an old newspaper reporter, I decided to investigate this new IT marvel by asking ChatGPT, a generative AI, to write an essay on ending gun violence in the U. S. Below are excerpts of 186 words from an AI-written piece which appeared on my home computer in less than two minutes, much to my surprise, and without my assistance.
III. Fostering Community Engagement:
A. Implement Violence Prevention Programs: Investing in community-based violence prevention programs can provide at-risk individuals with alternative paths away from violence. These programs should focus on education, conflict resolution, and mentorship, empowering individuals to make positive choices and seek nonviolent solutions to conflicts.
B. Strengthen Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Enacting legislation that allows temporary removal of firearms from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others can prevent potential acts of violence. Establishing clear guidelines and due process safeguards will ensure the rights of individuals are protected.
Conclusion: The journey to ending gun violence in the United States requires a comprehensive approach that encompasses gun control measures, mental health initiatives, and community engagement. By implementing stricter regulations on firearms, investing in mental health resources, and fostering community programs, we can create a safer society for all. It is crucial for policymakers, communities, and individuals to work together, transcending political divisions, to prioritize the safety and well-being of every American. Only through collective effort can we strive for a future where the devastating impact of gun violence is no longer a haunting reality.
(Contact Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org).