The current debate about the efficacy and value of generative AI, evidenced by the use of Open AI’s Chat GPT, and other Large Language Models (LLMs) caused me to consider one of Marcus Aurelius’ quotes. If the AI is making conclusions and analysis on the writings of millions of words by millions of humans, isn’t it subject to the same weaknesses and foibles of the human authors? When lawyers are punished for using fake citations created by AI, it occurs to me they are relying on the conclusions of thousands of men, without any guarantee that the conclusions are based upon valid facts. So, the best way to deal with AI has to be to take what it says with a grain of salt, and apply your own wisdom to its results. In every case, never rely completely on Chat GPT or any other LLM. As Marcus says: you need to always be aware that there isn’t any guarantee that any of those thousands of me know what they are talking about.

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