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  1. Just started listening to Ender's Game with my 9 year old son. He was hooked pretty hard and we listened to 5 hours or so this past weekend.
  2. I'm reading Shadow March by Tad Williams. About 2/3 of the way through the second book. I'm enjoying it, though it feels to be moving a bit more slowly than I'd like. I also started Ender's Game with my (9 yr old) son this weekend. Probably going to discuss it on the podcast for the mid-month episode in February (we did The Belgariad this month). Haven't read it in years and it hooked my son pretty quickly. We probably spent about 6 hours with the audiobook on Sat and Sun.
  3. In other news, I had a friend recently start reading the series and he told me today that Brother Longfoot sounds like a character I would create and role play. I'm uncertain whether or not I'm insulted by that. I actually liked Brother Longfoot, even though he was meant to be annoying.
  4. I need to reread because I don't recall specifically enough anymore but I thought Bayaz was engaging in some clear rulebreaking in the most recent series. It left me with a strong impression of him as a hypocrite and more; basically that there are no boundaries on what he'll do to accomplish what he wants (and what he wants is pretty self-serving) ... the general rational of any true antagonist. I came away with an even stronger impression of him as morally / righteousness deficient.
  5. I tend to view it as the story of Bayaz and Khalul. We're witnessing the complete destabilization of what Bayaz built and his control thereof. That has significant impact on his ability to respond to Khalul. I would expect their conflict comes more and more to the fore. You're also seeing, I think, that Bayaz is far from a Gandalf figure and is much more an evil persona than initially expected. ... but I've been known to be wrong.
  6. I tend to find his reading to be a perfect fit for the overall tone of the novels.
  7. Hey! I appreciate it. We don't really market ourselves and just post to family and friends. Never really know if these are interesting to anyone beyond ourselves as we record them. Glad you enjoyed it.
  8. The podcast episode, if anyone is interested (Stitcher link below but you can find it on Apple podcasts or basically anywhere else): https://listen.stitcher.com/yvap/?af_dp=stitcher://episode/210831925&af_web_dp=https://www.stitcher.com/episode/210831925&deep_link_value=stitcher://episode/210831925 We are by far not a professional critics. Just some 40-year-olds talking about life and memories and re-experiencing things.
  9. I have never once picked up my (perpetually unfinished) manuscript draft after a break and failed to find at least one painfully worded sentence on the first page I open to. Granted, I never truly expect to finish anymore but I can't imagine what the true editing feels like after one finishes connecting all the bones of the first skeleton draft. Hat tip to you all.
  10. Finished today, recording tomorrow, will release mid-month.
  11. I'm not into style or fashion so this could be a completely uneducated opinion ... but it strikes me as a very different industry and a very different creative process and outlet. Even just the techniques and expertise required to replicate something is different. I mean, I could go in my closet and take one of my favorite shirts with the fit that I most prefer and I can do some measurements and experiment with the sewing machine and get pretty close to it rather quickly - and I was far from a virtuoso in home-ec. I couldn't begin to replicate a painting and get the style correct. There's a lot more raw talent and training and expertise that goes into it ... for humans. That's not to say the example is meaningless. It would be hard to find a direct comparison. I have often thought of the industrial revolution in terms of how machines were able to take over the work of many people due to just sheer efficiency and I think there are some connections to AI taking over art. But there are also some really meaningful distinctions that leave me feeling like such a comparison just doesn't really do justice. Ultimately, that's why I think giving specific examples of some of the challenges and impacts is meaningful. AI art completely shifts the balance of how an artist can make a living and whether or not his style truly remains his own. And there are follow-on impacts in terms of whether or not you even get human artists innovating new styles anymore because the process no longer pays. It's actually a bit more like journalism, in my mind. The internet killed journalism and it's not just that journalists lost their jobs and we have something new or better. In fact, the loss of true journalism is quite detrimental to society overall. It has significant value beyond what you can get online for free but monetizing it is no longer done effectively / is no longer possible ... and so it is, by and large, dead and dying. I quite think that AI art can do the same thing to art and innovation and that the impacts on society will be similarly significant and negative.
  12. I think that this difference manifests some pretty important things to consider. Again, maybe you consider them and decide that it's not worthy of new laws or anything but here's one hypothetical and just the most basic, surface considerations: Imagine a new artist with a distinct style that is extremely popular. For other human artists to study that style and reproduce it or mimic it, they'd have to invest a significant amount of time and each artist can only be working on one piece of work at a time. There will only be so many specialized, capable people who could do that with enough accuracy to truly capture the look and feel. There's a limit to the amount of content that could truly rival the original creator in terms of approaching indistinguishable. Some of these AI tools will eventually enable any and every person in the world to produce such mimicry and they'll be able to do it in seconds with iterations and tailoring to get the work even closer to exact. Every single person could do this without limits. As many times as they want. With extreme efficiency. There's every possibility that the original artist has no chance to continue earning, especially as these tools become more and more precise with the way in which they can mimic. It's a very real and practical difference with rather significant differences in terms of potential outcomes.
  13. I'm not sure how to articulate it well but I think there's something to be said for observing a practical difference between the efficiency of production of content. Even if we assume that AI follows the same creative process as a human in terms of "scraping" an understanding, the speed and efficiency with which they can produce "new" content renders the process rather distinct. The process is not the same from end to end. How people interact with that reality and what they think it behooves us to do will vary but I don't think equating the full process as practically identical is really accurate.
  14. As a somewhat cynical person living in the US, I imagine the rest of the world might have hope of legislating some reasonable protections and controls. We don't.
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