Artificial Intelligence Tools Are Just Tools

Are we imposter for using them?

Jeremy McKay
2 min readApr 28, 2023
Photo by BoliviaInteligente on Unsplash

Like using a grammar checker to improve your writing or a calculator to simplify complex equations, AI tools augment human capabilities.

AI can sift through vast amounts of data to identify patterns, make predictions, automate repetitive tasks, and much more. For example, an AI tool can help a writer by suggesting improvements in their prose, checking for grammatical errors, or even generating content on specific topics.

However, it is essential to understand that AI is a tool, not a replacement for human skills and creativity.

A grammar checker does not make you any less of a writer; it helps you avoid errors and improves your writing. A calculator doesn’t diminish your mathematical abilities; it makes complex calculations faster and more accurate. Using AI tools doesn’t make you an ‘impostor’ — it simply allows you to leverage innovative technology to improve your output, efficiency, and accuracy.

AI has the potential to enhance our lives, much like any other tool we’ve developed over the centuries.

Its applications span many sectors, from healthcare and education to entertainment and commerce. But, like any powerful tool, the key to harnessing AI’s full potential lies in understanding its capabilities and limitations. As we journey further into the world of AI, it is crucial to remember AI tools are just tools.

Their purpose is to assist and augment, not to replace or undermine human effort and intelligence.

You can use AI tools effectively and ethically, while also maintaining your authenticity and avoiding the ‘impostor’ trap.

Your goal should be to learn how to use these tools to your advantage — to augment your skills, broaden your horizons, and navigate the rapidly changing digital landscape with confidence and ease.

I wrote this post with the help of ProWritingAid, A Spelling Checker, Hemingway and ChatGPT.



Jeremy McKay

Ageless full-time software engineer. Expert remote worker. PT Nomad. My values guide my choices. I provide tips for staying engaged, relevant, and employable.