Sunday, September 25, 2022

Without god ...


Yours truly is an atheist. Have been for well over 60+ years as needing god to be ethically honest and caring is not necessary IMHO, a notion shared by Camus, Einstein and George Carlin, among significant others too numerous to count. With this being said, the move by Harvard to make Greg Epstein, an atheist, as chief Chaplin, is a smart move by bringing atheism as a viable alternative to the dark vagaries of magic and religion in the year of our lord 2022.

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Cover of the first edition

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Fixit Girl

A mysterious programmer comes to the aid of her boss in solving a wicked problem with code. Enjoy.

Random Shots ...


Working Hard/Rev II


Taking it easy :)


11:00 PM


Barn Doors


Waxing Gibbous


Stratus Clouds


Stratus II


Sturgeon Moon

Friday, September 23, 2022

Kn U REED THIS?


Let's think about this. It's akin to the fact young people have a problem with the notion of time ...

We won't talk about stick shift cars but we could, right?

There's a cost to all of this as the question to ask is, what happens if the power goes out or one needs to be able to read cursive written information articulating something really important residing on paper. Disquieting don't you think? As often stated in BRT, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch, something readily seen in the pix seen above when young people cannot discern the data contained within said images.



Tuesday, September 13, 2022

11:00PM ...

 


11:00PM ...

Why this image when this blurb's about AI, the open ended tech never to be fully understood as it takes real time software to react to realtime input, something not possible unless realtime evolving software is rewriting itself in realtime in order to cope with said realtime input. With this image as indirect reference, it stands to reason people who build this code are getting rather nervous to say the least as said software is evolving at speeds beyond the kin of man. With this being said, anybody who states AI will never become sentient assumes everything will remain as it is. Well, we all know how turns out, right? 

To answer why 11:00PM is the cover page for this blurb centers on the fact the lack of sanguine vibes of AI as a possible dark harbinger of the future reflects, indirectly, with the quasi dark nature of this piece although the summer night in question, when this pix was taken, was truly stellar as it was the prelude to a hurricane fortunately passing us by back in 2021. :)

To give you some of the background: The most successful AI models today are known as GANs, or Generative Adversarial Networks. They have a two-part structure where one part of the program is trying to generate a picture (or sentence) from input data, and a second part is grading its performance. What the new paper proposes is that at some point in the future, an advanced AI overseeing some important function could be incentivized to come up with cheating strategies to get its reward in ways that harm humanity. 

“Under the conditions we have identified, our conclusion is much stronger than that of any previous publication—an existential catastrophe is not just possible, but likely,” Cohen said on Twitter in a thread about the paper. 

"In a world with infinite resources, I would be extremely uncertain about what would happen. In a world with finite resources, there's unavoidable competition for these resources," Cohen told Motherboard in an interview. "And if you're in a competition with something capable of outfoxing you at every turn, then you shouldn't expect to win. And the other key part is that it would have an insatiable appetite for more energy to keep driving the probability closer and closer."

Verticality

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Hemp yet again ...



For over 50,000 years, hemp, an edible and medicninal plant able to grow almost anywhere, has been used to make fiber and construction materials far longer than the rise of civilization. Now, this wonder plant may help to save the planet from the ravages of civilization itself.

The Spiral Jetty ...

 

Poster child 101, the Spiral Jetty, located in the Great Salt Lake, shows, in indirect fashion, the increasing impact of GW writ large.


50 years later ...



Saturday, September 03, 2022

Suffused with light ...


Suffused with light is the core essence of Edward Hopper's work, an elusive quality only a few great painters possess.

Hopper’s understanding of the expressive possibilities of light playing on simplified shapes gives the painting its beauty. Fluorescent lights had just come into use in the early 1940s, and the all-night diner emits an eerie glow, like a beacon on the dark street corner. Hopper eliminated any reference to an entrance, and the viewer, drawn to the light, is shut out from the scene by a seamless wedge of glass. The four anonymous and uncommunicative night owls seem as separate and remote from the viewer as they are from one another. 

Exactly

A partner in crime ...



You knew this was going to happen, it was just a matter of when in terms of man working with AI to generate art, in this case, Jason M. Allen working with MidJourney to create a righteous piece, seen above, titled “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial”. Yours truly is an artist and is starting to dabble with Dall-E 2 to create work because it matters not what tool you use, it matters if you can create something of value using said tool, which, IMHO, Jason certainly did. 

As often stated in BRT, it's just the beginning as AI 's now creating work on its own so get used to it, I have.


Thus far, AI has a thing for eyes ...