DALL-E and you

An AI-generated cartoon of a sinister robed figure driving a yellow American school bus. A black shape resembling a crow is perched on top of the bus, entwined with the letters "HESSSS". The bus has the word "HEBSUSS" written along its side in black letters.

Hermes Trismegistus driving a schoolbus

Last week I saw someone describe GitHub Copilot—the code-completion tool which has been trained on all of the public source code on GitHub—as a form of license-laundering, and the same thing occurs to me about DALL-E.

Clearly, it's been trained on an enormous …

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DALL-E v GLOSSATORY

GLOSSATORY is a bot which posts spurious definitions from an RNN trained on a dictionary, and every morning I use its output as a prompt for little drawings, some of which I post at GLOSSATORY. Today I tried feeding some recent definitions to DALL-E to see what it came up …

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DALL-E

"Graffiti art of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard"

AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard

Happy Friday.

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tl;dr 2

Thinking about yesterday's post and whether it really went anywhere, and whether the same criticism I levelled at the waffly IT blog post might be levelled at my own writing here, which doesn't need to come up to any real standards of coherence or clarity. That's what editors are for …

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tl;dr

Setting aside the question of whether LaMDA is sentient, or whether the Turing Test is valid, or whether general AI is possible or likely—there are a lot very strongly held opinions on the matter out there if you want to go looking for them—I've been thinking about what …

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Language games

I've been reading a bunch of books this year about the history of philosophy in the first half of the twentieth century and the linguistic / analytical turn it took in England under the influence of Wittgenstein and A J Ayer, most recently Claire Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman's Metaphysical Animals …

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Two kinds of constraint

A fun quality of Mastodon - a social communication platform I hang out on a bit too much - is that individual instantiations can fork its basic form and add odd twists which suit just that community. Oulipo.social notoriously bans that fifth Latin glyph which is most common in many linguistic …

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Sartor Resartus RNN

g CINA CONTENC MI CINE SI CENTENI SEE CONDENN DE CRE SU DE QUAENT ME CONNE CUNTUR DEACLETICE (FIUD SEE DED SEE SER SER SER SEENNN SER SER SEENN SER SER SEENDENNENCEN (_DER SER K of my own striking the more than the spirit of the morning of the Professor …

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