For many, life is a routine. We get up. We work. We eat. We spend time with friends and loved ones. We go to bed. We start it all over again the next day. Where’s the spice? Where’s the unique experience?
Watch this Ted Talk about the need for unique experiences by Kenneth Chabert. It highlights the importance of new experiences, learning, doing new things, and seeing new places. Novelty is the spice of life. It keeps us awake, aware, and gives us experiences that will last a lifetime.
I hope you enjoy this video. I am very interested in AI, particularly now that it has even become part of the video gaming world. Call of Duty has had AI agents since the launch of Call of Duty MW 2. They introduce a whole new layer of complexity in the game, particularly now that they mimic real players. There are times I have had trouble telling the difference between the two!
AI has also changed the way we create art, write, and a whole slew of other things. I don’t know about you, but I embrace these changes, because they are coming whether we want them to or not. Some pundits say AI will ruin education, destroy creativity, and a whole lot more. Personally, I think it is a tool to be used like anything else.
I hope you have a great Tuesday, folks. I also hope you learned a little today. That is what this day is all about.
For those of you who follow my blog, you know I love history. Here’s a short video of The Mughal Empire. You don’t know who these people are? Well, guess what? I didn’t know either, which is why I love watching these videos. You see every time you learn something new about human history, you learn a few things you can apply to today or at least, have a better understanding as to why something is the way it is.
As a reminder, I have subscriptions to both Ted Talks ($5/month) and Curiosity Stream ($20/year). They are great resources for learning our history. I am not an affiliate of either, just a satisfied customer.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this one. Have a great Tuesday, folks!
If you’re like me, you are really excited by AI. In this video, Alona Fyshe asks the question: Does AI actually understand us? If you have played any video games, you know that the enemies you are fighting are simplified AI. Call of Duty has taken AI to the next level by programming the AI to actually mimic character movement of real players that it gathers over time.
The key here, is to realize that AI to date is still a program. It is still following instructions. When I’m playing Call of Duty in the DMZ or Warzone or Co-op, it is not hard to tell the difference between AI and real players. They just operate differently. Real players are unpredictable. Yeah, if you’re a good player, you’ve seen enough moves, enough strategies and tactics, you can almost predict where other real players are going to be. AI is more than predictable. They just don’t have the same unpredictability that real players do. This is a key difference. Real players will do the most insane things that sometimes end up being ingenious.
I hope you watch the video and enjoy it. I love hearing from people who enjoy what they are doing. You can hear the passion in their voices.
Well, that is it for today. If you enjoy Ted Talks, get yourself a subscription. It’s really cheap for the volume of content and access to events they offer. You may also enjoy TedED, which is designed for teachers and students to use in the classroom.
I wanted to choose something trivial and entertaining today. I hope you enjoy this video on one of my favorite snacks at the movie theater–popcorn. I also enjoy a nice cherry Slurpee, and some Twizzlers. Once in a while I’ll get some ice cream, but only once in a while.
I hope you enjoy this Ted Talk delivered by Daphne Bavelier. She’s a brain scientist and what she will tell you in this video will dispel with most of the myths surrounding video games. I am an avid video game player and I’ll be 60 this year. Video gaming is my hobby and I enjoy it very much. When I am not working, I’m gaming. I’m playing Call of Duty, Call of Duty Mobile, Battlefield, Dead Space, and any other number of games. I tend to gravitate more to first person shooters (FPS), but there are other games I like to play as well. With a history of dementia in my family, it’s important that I keep my brain and body healthy. I am helping my elderly mother who will be 80 this year, and definitely slowing down in the last few years I have been home. She’s worn out by my Dad, who she takes care of. So, I do all I can to easer her burden and help where I can. My primary responsibility is to be with my Dad during the day, when Mom is doing her thing, running errands, and the like.
I hope you enjoyed this video and take up video game play if you are interested. Video games are for everyone. There are a lot of gamers who are freaked out when they play against women. I am not. It is so refreshing to play with and against women. They bring a whole new layer to both gaming and content creation.
If I could have it my way, everyone would play video games. They are so much fun. They inspire, motivate, and entertain. They have terrific stories to tell and are like reading a book watching a movie and being a participant in the story line. Seriously, get out there and play some video games. They are terrific fun, and as you’ve learned are really good for you.
There is all kinds of hype surrounding AI. Elon Musk and many others saying we need to slow down.
Many have visions of the Terminator movies, The Matrix film, and all kinds of fears about the unknown come into our consciousness.
Whether AI will be man’s greatest creation or his demise is a personal call. I personally welcome any technology that will make my life easier and help us all become smarter and more capable of finding answers to our questions. Why should I spend hours searching the Internet for something, when this new technology can answer my question quickly or even tell me what the best books are on a topic.
Watch this video and let it sit for a while. Then come to your conclusions. I enjoyed it. I believe that there are many possibilities for this, but also know some will pervert it for their own ends–it’s human nature.
If you’ve ever read 2001: A Space Odyssey, you may begin to see why folks like Elon Musk and others are ever wary of the potential for artificial intelligence taking a wrong turn. Another movie, starring Will Smith, called I, Robot is another indication of Artificial Intelligence gone wrong.
Personally, although there are existential risks associated with any development humans come up with, I believe there are so many benefits. I’ve been playing around with CHAT GPT, which is now transitioning to GPT-4. It is great fun. I like the learning potential this tool offers. I enjoy exploring topics deeply and this new tool gives me the power to do that. Whether I want a short synopsis of a topic or a 100-page paper, this tool delivers over and over again.
If you haven’t tried it, give it a whirl. It is a terrific tool and is really fun to use. Here’s the link to their primary website: https://openai.com/
Well, folks that’s it. I hope you have a great Tuesday.
Marilyn Monroe: She was an American actress, model, and singer who became a sex symbol and icon of the 1950s.
Judy Garland: An American actress and singer, Garland is best known for her role as Dorothy in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”
Billie Holiday: An American jazz singer and songwriter, Holiday was one of the most influential jazz singers of all time.
Aretha Franklin: Known as the “Queen of Soul,” Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist who is widely considered to be one of the greatest singers of all time.
Lucille Ball: An American actress, comedian, and producer, Ball was the star of the popular television show “I Love Lucy.”
Madonna: An American singer, songwriter, and actress, Madonna is known for pushing boundaries with her music and performances.
Beyoncé: An American singer, songwriter, and actress, Beyoncé is one of the most successful and influential musicians of her generation.
Cher: An American singer, actress, and television personality, Cher has had a successful career spanning several decades.
Tina Turner: An American singer, songwriter, and actress, Turner is known for her powerful voice and high-energy performances.
Lady Gaga: An American singer, songwriter, and actress, Lady Gaga is known for her unique style and bold performances.
Here’s another list of Prominent Women Entertainers delivered by Chat GPT. Here are some cool videos to accompany this list:
I hope you enjoyed the videos. I felt that videos of those women who have passed on were the most important, since all of the contemporary entertainers that are still alive are easily found on your own. These are all classic!
Have a great Tuesday, folks! I’m feeling better, and rarin’ to go.