Huge thanks to everyone who recommended!

This is wizardry. I just TURNED UP THE RAIN.

it’s blocking the conversations happening mere feet away.

Does anyone have a favorite source for white noise/ambient noise (like rain, fireplace, waves)?

I had no idea McMurdo got ships! That water's been frozen every time I've checked

Anyone have a good system for buying, storing, and listening to music? In particular, I'm interested in hearing from people who who buy a lot of CDs from artists who aren't in things like Amazon, iTunes, or Spotify. Do you have a method for accessing your library while you're traveling?

I decided to look back at 2019 in AI Weirdness, revisiting some of my favorite projects. I did this for 2018 too, but wow, what a lot has changed in a year!

Just finished the new Murderbot novel and it is EXCELLENT

i have never laughed so hard at a function name before

if you have never read the Murderbot Diaries series, you are in for a TREAT

“Using a more powerful neural net has apparently made the problem EVEN WORSE.” — @janellecshane


The only thing keeping the goose from falling off the ground
Was the reins
Like strings of spaghetti
And if you could just cut it down
You could even make a bow
Like a bow and arrow
But if you wanted to make a bow you had to use a lot of power


> eat a statue

You grab a statue and begin eating it. It tastes terrible, but you don't care. You can feel yourself growing stronger as you continue eating. Soon, you find yourself able to cast magic spells again. The guards aren't expecting anything like this to happen so they don't do anything



Since all the responses are generated on the fly by a neural net, your problem solving options aren't limited to what the game's programmers could imagine.

"Asking nicely" works pleasingly often.

You MUST play AI Dungeon 2, a text adventure game run by a neural net.

@nickwalton00 built it using @OpenAI's huge GPT-2-1.5B model, and it will respond reasonably to just about anything you try. Such as eating the moon.

I was using mastodon's new detect text from image feature to add alt text to this picture for another site.

Regular use of this feature may result in weird out-of-context toots

neural net generated pie 

Thinks: this is the kind of thing @janellecshane trains neural networks to do.
Of course she's way ahead of me.

A fool in a teacup is a silent for a needle in the sale.

A fox smeep is the horse of the best sermon.

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