This is a follow-up from my earlier post. This is really entertaining. It is also depressingly addictive. Self-indulging as well: what a luxury it is to be able to engage in a polite, seemingly rationale discussion with s̶o̶m̶e̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶ something that can reply almost instantly to each point, yet can wait with an infinite patience for my responses. It also is a great support for fictional Socratic dialogues(*) - a very effective medium to convey philosophical ideas by guiding a student to reach the conclusion through their own reasoning.
Earlier this year, Diapason participated in the organisation of the CreativeAI_Sydney symposium. At this time, public attention on generative AI was growing exponentially, and focused very much on Dall-E2, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion (in the order they entered the spotlight), i.e. ‘prompt to image applications’. Most of our discussions gravitated around the this fundamental question: “Can AI be an artist (and therefore be a threat to existing artists) - or is AI only a tool that artists can use”.
Brilliant example of Innovation. Moving our energy grids away from fossil fuel comes with many challenges, among them the storage of energy at the yearly/seasonal scale. There are several existing solutions already developed, based on different principles. But pushing these solutions further is raising other, new challenges: using more rare materials creates further environmental damage and generate politico-economic incidents. Some tech may be dangerous at large scale, or too costly, or have a too large footprint.