What are the ethical and legal implications of AI art? Okay, now that we’re all experts in how this stuff works, we can turn to the reason I started writing these posts in the first place. A lot of people are wondering “Is using software like Stable Diffusion, DALL-E, and Midjourney ethical?” and “is using… Continue reading Ethics and AI art
How can a neural net make art? In the previous installments, I wrote a bit about what a neural net model is, how they generate output from an input, and how training works. And now, I’m going to try to explain (briefly) how we get from those building blocks to something that can take as… Continue reading How Does An AI Make Art?
How do you “train” an AI to do something? If you haven’t read the previous post, you might want to do so now. So, once you have a neural net configured, how do you decide what weights to assign to all of those connections? This is the process known as “training” the model. Why do they… Continue reading Training AI
How does AI work, anyway? If you haven’t read the previous post, you might want to do so now. Okay, we’re going to get into a little bit of math here, but I promise I’ll try to keep it light. Systems of equations You may remember from Junior High School Math, being presented with sets… Continue reading How Does AI Work?
What is “AI”, anyway? There seems to be a lot of discussion swirling around the Internet recently about AI art-generation tools, the ChatGPT chatbot, and the related ethical issues around using them. In the interest of splashing more fuel on the fire, I’m going to write a series of posts on the background of how… Continue reading An Intro To AI And Art
A lot of folks are very unhappy with BBC America’s The Watch series. I really enjoyed it, and I’m going to explain why I think my experience was so different from theirs. There shouldn’t be any spoilers for either the series or the books in this post. What is “The Watch”? The Watch is BBC… Continue reading “The Watch” is great, actually.
The first Apple Silicon Macs are out in customers’ hands now, and people are really excited about them. But there are a couple of odd ideas bouncing around on the Internet that are annoying me. So, here’s a quick fact check on a couple of the more breathless claims that are swirling around these new Macs.… Continue reading Fact-checking some Apple Silicon exuberance
What I learned by NOT playing D&D I really loved playing Dungeons & Dragons as a kid, but I really haven’t played much since becoming an adult. And I haven’t run a game in this century. Every now and then, I’d talk with Yvette about it, and she’d say, “We should write up an… Continue reading What I learned by NOT playing D&D
Good takes and bad takes on Apple Silicon There are a lot of people out there that seem to be clinging to some weird ideas about what the Apple Silicon transition is going to look like, and what the Apple Silicon team “can do”, in terms of what they can deliver. Good Takes First, someone… Continue reading Good takes and bad takes on Apple Silicon
What Apple Announced at WWDC 2020 It looks like I got some things right, and some things wrong, in my previous post. Let’s look at what Apple actually announced. Mac with Apple Processors, across the line Yes, they really are transitioning the whole Mac line to Apple’s own processors. The timeline they announced is “within… Continue reading What Apple Announced at WWDC 2020