Embracing the Weird
When people think of AI-generated images, “weird” is one of the first words that come to mind. That’s not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, the weirdness is what I love best. Not just the deliberately odd combinations of styles, characters, and periods. But the unexpected bizzaro strangeness of unforeseen results. The best…
The Court of Public Opinion
This is the start of a new series, visualizing some of my aphorisms with Generative AI images.
Biblical Creation Story as GenDI Text Prompts?
/Imagine prompt: Let There Be Light Genesis 1:2 Revised Edition It would be fair to interpret the biblical creation story as a series of short text prompts. Let’s call it Generative DI (Deity Intelligence.) “Let there be light” is just two words in Hebrew. How’s that for efficiency? The comic below is a little riff…
Side Show Romance
Jasper the tiny clown sped through the circus tent to get a better view of the beautiful new contortionist. Liza moved with ease and grace, her lithe body twisting in ways that seemed impossible. Jasper had always been shy around women because of his diminutive size. But after the show, he mustered up the courage…
Digital Folk Artists
Folk Art: Art and objects made by people who are not artists, using styles and materials from where they live The Museum Network I was very involved in the Second Life art community twenty years ago. Most of the people I met there were actively producing images, videos, and creative writing for the first time in…
The Fall of the Creative Class
The creative class fell less than a decade after the rise of generative AI. Designers and photographers. Writers and composers. Actors and musicians. One by one, they succumbed to ever-more advanced software. By 2030, an intern in a movie producer’s office using AI tools could create a blockbuster movie in hours. By 2040 the combination…
My Outsourced Memory
“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us” Marshall McLuhan Those of us who depend on modern technology to externalize memory storage are just the latest iteration of a long tide of human adaptation. Strategies to make the most of our biological capabilities were developed over countless generations in oral cultures. The invention of writing…
Artists and Dinosaurs
Fighting disruptive technology is a hopeless battle. This year’s rapid evolution of generative AI tools portends that those who don’t use them will eventually be obsoleted in many creative commercial niches. Disgruntled artists opting out won’t make a substantive difference. Even if their portfolios collectively total a million works, they’re just a fraction of a…
Myth and religion served God for thousands of years until that smart-ass Roger Bacon doomed the world with the experimental process. The Bible was right. God did create the universe. But with smoke and mirrors. It only worked because people believed. So every time some nosy scientist peered a little deeper into the universe, God…
Who’s the Dummy Now?
Who puts words in a character’s mouth? It seems simple, right? The author. But who puts the words in your mouth? Another self-evident answer? Not really. It seems like there’s a single “you” inside who is responsible for all of your words, thoughts, feelings, and actions. There is obviously a single brain and body behind…