Balancing Doomsday and AI
A couple of years ago, there was this combination science-fiction, disaster, not to mention heavily satirical film called, "Don't Look Up". The movie was written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay and David Sirota. The film included a star-studded cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill,
Yes, You Are Living in a Simulation
I've always loved the question, "Are you living in a computer simulation?" The question was made famous in a 2003 paper by philosopher Nick Bostrom, who suggested that we are almost certainly living in a simulation. You can go back and read the paper after you're done reading this, but
The 15-Minute City Conspiracy
Ah, the 15-minute city! An exciting new urban planning concept that has been gaining momentum in recent years. This idea is simple, yet powerful: create neighborhoods or districts where residents can access all of their daily needs within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from their home. This includes access
Genius In. Genius Out. (Episode 032 of the TIC TEK TOE podcast)
Amazingly, it has just occurred to me that I should probably post podcast episodes here as well, so I'll start today. I do a semi-regular podcast with Evan Leibovitch; semi-regular because the schedule should be less thought of as a schedule and more of a 'whenever it happens' kind of
What Do You Do With Your New AI Superpowers?
This morning, I was thinking about how we (or some of us) are always talking about how cool it would be to have superpowers. I've played that game with my kids and, to be honest, with other adults, or people that society would consider adults, anyhow. To be 100% completely
Thoughts on Capitalism, Universal Basic Income, and Automation
Welcome to the world of generative AI, folks! Have a seat, get comfortable, and for heaven's sake, buckle up. It might be a bumpy ride. The rise of generative AI technologies like ChatGPT, Stable Diffusion, and other advanced machine learning models has the potential to revolutionize the way we work,
Alcohol, Canada, and the CCSA Report: The Devil’s in the Details
Alcohol is back in the news in Canada and the new report from The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is making waves. The CCSA report updates their guidelines on safe alcohol consumption, and this is the first update in 11 years. The TL:DR on this one
Does Artificial Intelligence Think?
A few days ago, over on LinkedIn, a friend, Fred Richards, posted a poll question. Does AI think? 11% of people said "Yes" while the "No" camp took home 79% of the vote. "Maybe" stood alone with 0% of the vote while the remaining 11% said, "Keep throwing $$ at it!
Little Red Riding Hood, In Space!
I should start by pointing out that what follows is inspired by a video I watched with Elizabeth Ann West. She was demonstrating some advances with an AI tool called Sudowrite, an amazing tool for writers. In the demonstration, she asked the audience for story ideas and one of them
Radon: A Slow-Moving Killer in Your Home
A few months ago, we received information from the Government about radon gas. You get these things from time to time; suggestions on insulating your home, or getting regular medical checkups, or making sure you're prepared for emergencies. While I can't remember why we took note of this particular message,
The Girl With The Golden Ear
She was a legend in the radio industry, known as "the girl with the golden ear." She had a knack for picking songs that would become hits, like Bachman Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and "Takin' Care of Business", Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets", and Queen's "Bohemian
Should We Have Guardrails on ChatGPT, You.com, Bing, and Others?
When you were a baby, your parents probably kept you in a cradle or a crib. That crib, no doubt, had guardrails on either side. Asking why the crib had guardrails seems a little silly but let's spell it out. Guardrails are an essential safety feature in a crib because
Intellectual Property, Giants, Apple pie, and Turtles
We often admire the achievements of great people who have made remarkable contributions to science, art, literature, and other fields of human endeavor. And rightfully so. We marvel at their discoveries, inventions, creations, and insights that have changed the world for the better. But we should also remember that these
The Old Woman, Work, Contribution, and Value
There was a time when somebody might have observed that a stay-at-home mom didn't work. These are more enlightened times, but I have no doubt that some still feel that way. As a stay-at-home dad, caring for a special needs son, I have first-hand experience regarding this concept. You do
Valentine's Day. Fact, Fiction, and Hearts.
As I sit down to write this, it's Valentine's Day, the day of love, hearts, flowers, and of course, chocolate, in heart-shaped boxes. The "Valentine" in Valentine's Day isn't that chubby little guy with the bow. That's Cupid. While he shows up a lot on cards and pictures every February