Category: Creativity

  • Why do We Risk Our Lives to Climb Mountains?

    Why do We Risk Our Lives to Climb Mountains?

    My recent adventures on the slopes of Mount Whitney (see 1 the initial summit & 2 the redemption mission), and the dancing with death that were a result of both, has me deeply thinking about the why of mountaineering. And not just for me — for Alex Honnold, for Scott Fischer — for anyone who chooses…

  • GenAI News q4.23: More Insane Generative AI earthquakes

    GenAI News q4.23: More Insane Generative AI earthquakes

    I’m just going to knock these out without much editing. These are the must-see tech developments of genAI content generation for Q4 2023. Are you tracking with us? Because according to our very aggressive / optimistic AI progress forecast 2022-2030 which we authored eons ago in Nov 2022, we’re already at about 2029 on the…

  • How is AI Art made? Do Cyborg Chimps Really Solve Crosswords?

    How is AI Art made? Do Cyborg Chimps Really Solve Crosswords?

    As AI generated creations (both images and “articles”) begin to flood the internet, there has been a lot of curiosity about a) how exactly the process of AI art prompts work, and b) how this present wave of AI art is affecting the income streams and careers of professional artists. Given all the hype, we…

  • Chip Design Software : Designing the Designers

    Chip Design Software : Designing the Designers

    What happens when humans no longer are the designers, but merely the designers of the designers? In this true story, we examine merely one example of this phenomenon: Integrated Circuit Chip Design Software. The descent into profound AI complexity has begun… the Shiny New Black Boxes are all sealed tight. The year was 1999. We…

  • An Emoji Christmas Story (as told by AI version0.35)

    An Emoji Christmas Story (as told by AI version0.35)

    And now for a little Holiday Cheer: The Emoji Christmas Story! This, from my clever colleague, Suzanne Rigdon [@RigdonTweet], in one of her early sessions with the now-legendary ChatGPT… SR: “Tell me . . . .the story of Christmas . . . .only using emojis.” AI:   ?????? ??⛪️?? ???? As you requested, here is…

  • “It’s AI Plagiarism!” …debunked

    “It’s AI Plagiarism!” …debunked

    Understanding Human Reaction to Generative Creative Output The initial astonishment of seeing AI art… so-called generative imagery. The fascination. The participation. (Lensa?) The virtue-signalling journalists. The complaining artists. The rallying cry: AI plagiarism! …That’s the base accusation. I’ve heard it so many times now, from so many different fronts (artists, journalists, pundits, podcasters, “influencers”… even…

  • Reality Check: Calibration Targets for Generative AI (AI Artbots)

    Reality Check: Calibration Targets for Generative AI (AI Artbots)

    Being so close to the generative AI space, sometimes you get vertigo. It just seems like the milestone advances, which used to break through every decade or so, are coming daily… on some days, even hourly. You get the feeling that something… something has… happened. Something profound that took A.I. from a slow slog through…

  • Script to Movie AI v0.9 alpha is Here… Thesis, Proven

    Script to Movie AI v0.9 alpha is Here… Thesis, Proven

    SYNOPSIS: In 2022, “AI Art” was all the rage — pretty pictures and paintings and “virtual photographs” created in an instant by generative AI agents, guided by nothing more than tweet-length text prompts (mostly) written by humans. In 2023, we expect an even bigger wave to hit the internets: AI Movies, or generative video… aka…

  • Genuine Creativity exhibited from AI art automatons : The Case for acknowledging the “Spark”

    Genuine Creativity exhibited from AI art automatons : The Case for acknowledging the “Spark”

    You see that image above. That “oh so meta” photo of the artist with her own self-portrait painting on an easel? Look again. That image (one of an eerie series by artist Yasmin + MidJourney.AI) — and millions more now auto-propagating across the vast expanse of the internets — is one of the latest fully…

  • AI Evolution: What Happens 2021-2030 (a Roadmap to the Singularity)

    AI Evolution: What Happens 2021-2030 (a Roadmap to the Singularity)

    The AI Evolution is upon us……and this cat is way way way out of the bag. 2022’s not even done yet, and what a year it’s been already:DALL•E 2, MidJourney 4, Imagen, DreamFusion… GPT-4? At this point, before things get any more insane (as, per Moore’s Law, they are pretty much guaranteed to do), its…