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Posted By Peter Bentley

DALLE-2 is a fascinating example of a generative AI system that can create images from a textual description. As an experiment, I gave it a series of my six word science fixtion stories. Sometimes it completely misses the mark - it can't read between the lines or imagine anything at all. But sometimes it produces really interesting illustrations of the stories. I've been posting a few examples on twitter @peterjbentley. Here's one of my favourites: Old spacecraft make lovely hanging baskets.

old spacecraft make lovely hanging baskets


old spacecraft make lovely hanging baskets


old spacecraft make lovely hanging baskets


old spacecraft make lovely hanging baskets
 


 
Posted By Peter Bentley

Recently the topic of AI and sentience has come up again, after someone claimed that Google's LaMBDA seems to think for itself... It's remarkable that a piece of software can have conversations that seem so realistic, but a good simulation and the real thing are still distinguishable. I was interviewed about the story for NBD China. The article appeared here. You can see Google's translation here.

NDBAI
 


 
Posted By Peter Bentley

A while ago I was interviewed by Tevy Kuch for his article on AI influencers. I gave my usual honest opinions about things..! It's now been published by New Scientist here: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25433900-800-the-rise-of-computer-generated-artificially-intelligent-influencers/

AI influencers new scientist
 


 
Posted By Peter Bentley

You may be aware that I'm a regular science writer for BBC Science Focus Magazine, frequently contributing to the Q&A section and writing longer pieces. You can find my writer's profile online here: https://www.sciencefocus.com/author/peterbentley/

Recently I wrote a longer piece on Augmented Intelligence, making the case that automation is not always better than augmentation. While I do not believe that AI is about to replace us, there are those with the misguided opinions that we should try. I argue that one of the main benefits of AI is that it can make us better people... but only if used correctly.

augmented AI article
 


 
Posted By Peter Bentley

I was asked by Ben Fox of shepherd.com to add to their book lists, which helps authors promote books to readers while also sharing their own favourite books. I chose to do a list on AI books, plus a couple of wild card science fiction books. I read quite a bit so I cannot claim these are my favourites, as these change over time... but I enjoyed them at around the time of writing the list, so that's why they made it there. You can see my book list here:

book list