> The Darkener's Console

With a great effort, the rug is moved to one side of the room, revealing the dusty cover of a closed trap door.

Luddites vs. Loom Machines —

There’s a lot to be worried about in this late-stage of capitalism and humans.. AI infiltrating art itself, for example.

What humans need is a universal agreement that technology != art. We need to separate art and technology. We’ve got to understand again that the value of art is that it is created by humans as a self-expression; something to relate to as a species, something to ponder, to digest, to appreciate.

AI is a creation of humans, yes. So in a way it may be seen as an extension of a human’s artistic expression. I guess I can see it as something similar to creating an algorithm that generates fractal style artwork based on mathematical equations. It’s nice to look at.

But on the other hand, my example above is far removed from generative AI based art. Mathematical equations != calculating a mean/average of what has been fed as input, from human-based art, and outputting an approximation which is *technically* unique, but 100% derivative… and not only derivative, but a derivative generated by a non-human. I don’t agree with this. It is timely taboo. I’m uncomfortable with it. We humans haven’t grasped or fleshed-out (no pun intended) the psychological differences between digesting art made by a human vs. software.

Of course, there are similar situations of past – let’s take drum machines, or perhaps Luddites vs. loom machines for example. Technology has always tread upon the shores of art and craftsmanship. This time it’s a bit more interesting as it’s the art itself that’s generated by non-humans, not just augmented or simplified by it.

45 —

He’s currently shifting posture to include even more calls for violence and more general focus on weaponry (guns specifically). This guy is desperate. Be aware, to those who easily hear his dog whistles (everybody?).

Two sides —

Don’t you come around here
No don’t you come ’round here
Don’t you come around here
No don’t you…

Think you know it all
Yeah think you know it
Think you know it all
Yeah think you know it

Take a step back, and see…

There’s two sides to every story
Come on there’s two sides to every one
Yeah, there’s two sides to every story
There’s two sides to every one
But you know you’re just one and done

Just one and done
Just one and done
Just one and done

You’re all done

Tom Tucker..I mean, wait —

Begin with criticism, then you go to protest, then you go to impeachment, now you go to indictment, and none of them work. I mean what’s next?

Uhm, I’m sorry – “none of them work” ? It’s working. You’re just fucking scared because we haven’t given up yet, and things are finally coming to a head.

Don’t cloud all of this with the idea that all of this is in vein, that it’s political (like what you’re doing). You’re fucking pathetic.

If you want to prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that what’s happened between 2015 and 2021 in America was a massive con job, you have to do the work. You have to get things right. You have to play by the rules that you’re trying to uphold. Otherwise, just like how we got here in the first place, the guilty will spin it to make it seem politically motivated. Like it’s a witch hunt. Like he’s the victim.

He’s a conman. He always has been. Wake up and smell the swamp – you helped create it. We’re waiting…

Adults and Responsibility —

Here’s a good quote about adults who fail to take responsibility in their lives. Pay attention to the last paragraph – it’s telling.

“Some people are good at being responsible adults. They make conscious, informed decisions about their lives and as a result are confident, secure and productive.

Some people prefer to abdicate their personal responsibility, leaving it up to others to take on the adult role in their lives.

Some of these individuals are holding on to their young-child identity, hoping to compensate for the care that was lacking in their early life and not understanding that this can’t be done.”

(From Moving Beyond the Victim-Role – Taking Personal Responsibility)

Actual Prejudice —

Listening to David Bowie’s “China Girl” this morning reminded me that I wanted to make a post about prejudice.

I have a pretty simple explanation as to why prejudice is such a trigger/hot topic these days. It wasn’t such an issue not that long ago, right? People at least *somewhat* freely joked about it to some capacity without fear of being outed as a racist/sexist/etc. One good example I can think of is how Family Guy handles it.

The reason there is such extreme backlash today is because, at least in the U.S., when 45 became POTUS he actually *meant* the things he said. He wasn’t joking. It became real, serious. This behavior by the “leader” of such a nation enabled countless others with those same tendencies to open their stupid mouths because they felt he had their back. Then those being spoken against reacted (as they should). The pendulum started swinging back and forth, and that’s where it all got out of control and we lost our minds in a fight to simply justify our own dispositions.

Actually, I’d like to think that with the events of the past 3 years things have settled things down a bit, but the damage had already been done to set progress back significantly. I hope we get back to the point where a joke can be treated as such: a harmless observation made in jest with absolutely no offense intended. As a white American male I can definitely laugh at jokes aimed at my heritage and culture as long as there is no underlying notes of lurking actual hatred. The absence of that hate is what makes all the difference, I believe, whereas we can simply acknowledge the uniqueness of different cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, etc. again without fear of being “cancelled”.

For one to think they’re “better” than any other living thing in this universe is simply ignorant. Variety is the spice of life, it’s what makes us individuals, what makes us so special. We need to celebrate our differences.

Dude —

What if the whole AI narrative is just a cover for a psyops campaign to ensure mass acceptance of systems where people voluntarily conduct seemingly “private” or “confidential” conversations with a computer/service, where the data is stored indefinitely to hold in your digital “file” and be used as an ever-growing databank of leverage with you…just in case “they” need it/could benefit from it?




AI Generated Art —

AI isn’t human. It’s software.

Art is works of self expression authored by humans. One feels connected to a piece by experiencing it with emotional honesty and vulnerability and genuineness, just as the creators did as they created it. Maybe not the *same* emotions; art is generally interpretative; but in it’s truest form it is honest and vulnerable and genuine none the less.

When software (read: generative AI) outputs “art” it loses that validity. It’s fake. Emulated. Approximated by the application of algorithms.

Generative AI isn’t sentient. It has no capacity to feel emotion, so it’s output is not self expression. It may be based on the templates of countless works ripped off scraped from the Internet, but it’s not art in and of itself.

This thought reminds me of a children’s book on (then early 1980’s) computers I read when I was about 6 years old. The one line I remember from that book was, “Computers do not have feelings.” At least as of right now, I think that statement still holds true. But….change my mind.

AI, F/OSS and Copyright —

Warning, petty conspiracy theory ahead:

1) Buy GitHub to mitigate possible legal contingencies

2) Help build an LLM that can write (and slightly modify existing) code at an amazing rate and ever-increasing quality

3) Train it on data from the open web, including GH of course

4) Produce “unique” code where the rightful copyright holder of the output is still legally murky

5) Quick audit, then throw as much generated code into proprietary software as quickly as possible

6) Profit!!