Interesting article, Keith, and sure to divide us, particularly those who want to “ride the wave,” and those reaching for sawed-off shotguns. The Industrial Revolution changed lives, but we were destined to leave the fields. Think of the typewriter and the jobs it created, the secretarial pools, hundreds of bookkeepers going through the same numbers. We’ll no doubt develop new occupations, some exciting, some mindbendly boring. We’ll resist as they did back in the late 1800s, but our change and evolution is inevitable—whatever course we take. I’m not so much worried about AIs as I am about people. AIs haven’t gained imagination, but we’ve certainly lost it. In effect, we’ve given up the one thing that makes us superior to AIs. If AIs do take over the Earth, it’ll be because we never showed the imagination to stop them.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.