It’s getting to be a scary world out there, and not only because we are in the season of Halloween. As it is said in a traditional Scottish prayer: “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!”


On the one hand, for example, generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT offer the promise of making our jobs easier, helping with architectural evaluation, design, verification, and decision-making tasks. On the other hand, many people are becoming increasingly concerned that these tools may ultimately take our jobs away.


Personally, I’m a glass-half-full type of guy. Having said this, I’m reminded of the little boy who tells his dad, “I’m an optimist because my glass of milk is half empty.” Chuckling, the father replies, “That’s not the way it works, son. If you see the glass as being half empty, then you’re a pessimist. If you’re an optimist, you see the glass as being half full.” The boy looks meaningfully at his dad and says, “It all depends on if you like milk… and I don’t!” (You can’t argue with logic like that.)


We are living in interesting times. The best we can hope is that they don’t become too interesting. But turn that frown upside down into a smile because—no matter what the future holds and however scary it gets—all of us at DENA are here to help guide you on your way.