• Failed Writer’s Journey: Comics, Reading, and Format Bigotry

    I am a failed writer in the sense that I have never had my fiction professionally published. These posts, which will run on most Fridays, are an attempt to keep myself creatively motivated and just generally discuss the creative process from someone trying to figure it out. I genuinely love the process of making things…

  • Basketballs and Bouncing Numbers: Data Is Not Expertise

    The Athletic has an interesting little article about how Kristaps Porziņģis has reinvented himself through the use of analytics. The article, I think, is a good look at how numbers and data can sometimes hold us back from understanding. KP (because I am not going to try and type his name out every time, my…

  • Eclipse and Other End of the Worlds

    The darkness happens gradually and then all of the sudden. For an hour, the sky almost imperceptibly dims, a gradual drawing of curtain across the bright early spring. Then the totality makes itself known, first by the cheers of people in the distance, early in the path, then by the sudden appearance of night where…

  • Failed Writer’s Journey: The Effort is What Makes Writing Worth Reading

    I am a failed writer in the sense that I have never had my fiction professionally published. These posts, which will run on most Fridays, are an attempt to keep myself creatively motivated and just generally discuss the creative process from someone trying to figure it out. I genuinely love the process of making things…

  • Robots and Privacy

    Apple, fresh off of not building a car now plans to focus on home assistant robots. This is generally the kind of thing that I think would be helpful to people. It would aid folks with disabilities or limited mobility, it could be a real time saver around the house, and it would likely augment…

  • Who AI Benefits is a Political, Not Technical, Question

    The New York times has a piece on labor economist David Autor and his recent paper arguing that imitative AI will restore the middle class. It is an interesting argument, but it seems to reply far too much on technology and far too little on politics. Autor, correctly in my view, believes that imitative AI…

  • The AI Good Lost in the Hype

    The Financial Times has a piece on Demis Hassabis, one of the pioneers of the modern AI science. He thinks we are a lot closer to general artificial intelligence than I do (and yes, he is a genius and I am not, but the fundamental problems of AGI don’t seem any closer to being resolved…

  • Imitative AI, The Truth, and the Damage Done

    NYC has introduced a chat bot to answer questions about the laws around small businesses. It is joke, constantly getting answers wrong in ways that will causes real harm to people. No, for the record, you cannot open a restaurant to serve meat made from people. And no, you cannot fire someone for refusing to…

  • Failed Writer’s Journey: Author’s Equity and A Career on Consignment

    I am a failed writer in the sense that I have never had my fiction professionally published. These posts, which will run on most Fridays, are an attempt to keep myself creatively motivated and just generally discuss the creative process from someone trying to figure it out. I genuinely love the process of making things…

  • Imitate AI’s Only Route to Cash may be Impoverishing Creatives

    I saw this: I’m really struggling to understand what people think GenAI would help with on the screenwriting or novel writing front. If we wanted to lower the quality and double the amount of films and books that are made, we could EASILY do that with the books/screenplays submitted by humans TODAY(1/?) (That is a…