Earlier this year the CEO of Carl’s Jr. announced that he wanted to replace his restaurant’s workers with machines, citing millennials’ aversion to face-to-face exchanges as chief among his reasons. To his point: I (a borderline millennial) find myself favoring stores that have self checkouts; they feel like personal, well-stocked pantries/warehouses that I can just wander into, grab what I need and dip. In a way I am part of this Randian problem. But is it ‘really’ a problem?
Yes, a robotic work-force could potentially cannibalize the economy, but what ‘special irreplaceable value’ do fast-food workers add to the fast-food dining experience? There is a brainless, assembly-line quality to the process of taking orders and filling them that robots could probably do more efficiently and with zero disdain/ineptitude/fatigue. This could be a boon for the consumer who has grown weary of wasting their hard-earned on botched orders (“How you gonna forget the chicken though?! That’s in your goddamn name!”). And furthermo—
Continue reading ‘Brave New W0r1d’
Published October 20, 2013
Art , Evolution , God , Pop Culture , Technology
Tags: Art, Artificial Intelligence, Evolution, God, INT./EXT., Perception, Pop Culture, Relativity
“I’ll never forget that time we visited Quinn Aevan Studios. One of the modelers there showed me this program that recreated fluids. In real time he splashed virtual blood onto a virtual wooden floor. Scared the shit outta me. It flowed and stained so realistically. He implored me to try. It was simple, he said. All I had to do was pass my hand over this slim black bar and blood would fly everywhere. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t like how excited he was. He seemed mad.”
INT./EXT.01 by Ray G.
Published March 5, 2013
About Me , Art , Death , Devil , Dimension , Evolution , Fear , God , Left Field , Love , Music , Navel Gazing , Pop Culture , Race , Relativity , Religion , Romance/Sexuality , Technology
Tags: Art, Artificial Intelligence, Death, Dimension, Evolution, Facebook, God, Perception, Pop Culture, Race, Relativity, Religion, Technology
“It’s all about the glitch. No matter how advanced the programming there will always be room for a glitch. Oddly enough, the more complex the machine the more susceptible it is to glitches because of the ridiculous amount of virtual synaptic connections complex artificially intelligent systems possess. There is no way to comprehensively understand the ‘nature’ of all of these connections. As a result there will always be room—or voids—for glitches to exploit.”
naked black girls by Ray G.
Published November 10, 2012
Art , Dimension , Evolution , False Contrasts , Politics , Pop Culture , Race , Some Shit About US
Tags: Actress, Andy Serkis, Art, Artificial Intelligence, Avatar, Biography, biopic, Dark Girls, Dimension, Evolution, Film, Halo 4, Hank Azaria, Hollywood, Kevin Clash, Key & Peele, Nina Simone, Perception, Pop Culture, Race, Seth McFarlane, Time Travel, Zoe Saldana
Click the hyperlinks for a more comprehensive understanding…I know, I say that all the time, but I mean it…the article is the surface, the links are the spirit underneath…see what I did there? Clever, right? To be honest, you can just watch the embedded videos and click the links, you don’t even have to read the damn article.
The internet is abuzz with criticism about the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone. Most of it (damn near all of it) centers around the fact that Saldana is of a significantly lighter hue than Simone. Why is this such a big deal? Well, Hollywood isn’t exactly teeming with opportunities for darker-skinned black women so when a huge role like this comes along that seems tailor-made for a darker-skinned actress but instead is given to a lighter-skinned actress people get mad. I understand the frustration. I get it. More of the same. Fair skin always wins. Blah blah blah. But there is an awesome bit of irony hanging over all of this that defies the salient colorism and that is…well, just watch this…
Utilizing a sophisticated performance capture technique Saldana was able to become a ten-foot-tall blue alien warrior princess. This amazing technology renders such superficial distinctions as race, age, body type and even gender moot. Via performance capture an Asian guy could play Confederate General Robert E. Lee, a guy could play a girl or Kevin Clash, Eddie Murphy, Hank Azaria, Seth McFarlane and Andy Serkis could monopolize the entire industry. For this to happen we must first cross the valley. Hyperreal computer-generated animation is still a little ways away, but we’re getting close, very close, peep this…
Continue reading ‘On Acting: the surface and the spirit’
Published February 24, 2011
Dimension , Every Single Piece , Games , God , Hints , Pop Culture , Relativity , The Sublime
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Death, Dimension, Evolution, God, Jeopardy, Perception, Pop Culture, Relativity, The Sublime, Watson