AI Isn’t Scary. People Are.

We have no choice. We must welcome the brave new world of artificial general intelligence.

Erik P.M. Vermeulen, PhD
5 min readApr 7, 2023
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There is a guy like me in every school. I love new technology and innovation. Always have.

I remember when I saw “my” first computer. I must have been 14 or 15 and my neighbor friend, Adam, who was the same age as me, got a Commodore 64. We spent hours fooling around with that thing. I can still remember the goofy blue and purple start-up screen and the inviting prompt, READY. It didn’t do shit and it was slow. It often took fifteen minutes or more to load a game from a cassette tape. It brings a tear to my eye thinking about that.

Adam’s granddad bought him the machine, suddenly and for no apparent reason. A few months later, he passed away, and it all made sense somehow. Funny how death focuses the mind, like that. Maybe he glimpsed the future. Or he felt guilty about his imminent departure from Adam’s life. Whatever his reasons, he gave him — and me — a special gift.

Fast forward forty years. Now, we live in a fast-changing world of constant technological challenges and opportunities. I firmly believe that I owe it to my students to update the content of my courses every year. Also, the ways of teaching and the available tools I let the students use change constantly.

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Erik P.M. Vermeulen, PhD

Prof (law) exploring the collision of life, work, and technology, with a current project in the works - a sci-fi novel.