“Thinking about how somebody made this,” she says. “There are people in the world, like you and me, who participate in its creation. Understanding that a video isn’t just something that dropped out of the sky, but that it’s a result of a lot of people’s expertise. My Little Pony, who drew it? Here’s the person who drew it. That character sounds like a little girl. Is it a girl, or is it an adult sounding like a girl? How do you change your voice? What does that character sound like? Can you make that sound? It doesn’t have to be a theoretical discussion. What does your drawing look like? How did somebody draw that? How did somebody make that voice suddenly sound frightened or brave?”
… Or who write a lot, but not at a professional level. Or who write, but rarely finish any projects. You can put yourself at the top of the heap just by being a writer who writes a lot, tries to publish often, and consistently improves.
… Yann LeCun, Facebook’s director of AI, said at a Future of Work conference at MIT in November that machines are far from having “the essence of intelligence.” That includes the ability to understand the physical world well enough to make predictions about basic aspects of it — to observe one thing and then use background knowledge to figure out what other things must also be true. Another way of saying this is that machines don’t have common sense.
…en if the good guys win the next election.) Let me start with some alarming and necessary factoids. America’s a country whose three main indicators are all blinking nine-alarm red — they’re what “collapse” really means. Life expectancy’s falling. Real incomes are shrinking. And 80% of people live paycheck to paycheck. By all means — elect someone not quite so terrible as Trump. It might mitigate those, but it’s not …
Proper storytelling technique requires that if an element is going to have a dramatic effect on the narrative of a story, then it should be clearly set up before being satisfactorily paid off. To simply do one without doing the other will harm an audience’s enjoyment of a film.
…een persecuted and shoved in lockers, but something in my gut tells me we’re at a low point — where social media interaction has replaced genuine debate and political discourse, where politicians are judged by whether we’d want to have a beer with them, where scientific consensus is rejected, where scientific research is underfunded, where journalism is drowning in celebrity gossip.