Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Are You Experimenting with Artificial Intelligence for Genealogy?

It’s mid-April and spring has truly sprung here in Tucson. The cold, wet weather that California sent us has been replaced with sunny, warm days and the arrival of our afternoon windy season. It was a perfect day for sprucing up the back patio and setting up the outdoor furniture for the season.

It’s also the weekend so it’s time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings.

This week’s theme is all about the hot topic of the moment:

1)  Are you experimenting with Artificial Intelligence (AI) for genealogy and family history?  What have you learned so far?  What have you done to date?  What GPTs have you used?  What results have you had – good or bad?

This is going to be a very short post for me! I’ve listened to 3 or 4 webinars on AI and Genealogy and read quite a few blog posts about it, but haven’t been interested enough to try it out for myself.

I guess I’m really dating myself here, but I prefer to think and do all the writing using my own brain, not AI.

I’m also not particularly interested in creating images with AI either.

Unfortunately, I see AI as being the direct cause of the dumbing down of the human race as people forego developing their own critical thinking skills.

I’ll continue to watch webinars and read about AI, but doubt I’ll implement it for much of my own use.

Randy, thank for you an interesting challenge this week!

4 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Are You Experimenting with Artificial Intelligence for Genealogy?”

  1. I have to agree with you about the use of AI might be dumbing down people. I think continuing to pay attention to the uses of AI so one can recognize an AI-produced product is important, but I would rather do my own work.

  2. Like you, I don’t find AI useful for writing my blog posts. However, the AI tools are improving the ability to search records and newspapers. Thus, I have mixed feelings about AI.
    I do know that I am very glad I am no longer teaching. I would not want to have to deal with the ‘cheating’ that will occur with AI.

  3. I agree that AI is helpful with searches. I think the really great applications of AI/computers in general are when if we relied strictly on human power we would never be able to accomplish things because of the amount of time involved. But I want my brain to remain sharp for as long as possible, and I firmly believe that turning it off to let the computer do things for me that I am capable of will not accomplish that.

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