The Friday Find: Ride The Lightning

You pretty much know by now that I am a (super) King fan. I also happen to be a Metallica fan. And I love, love, LOVE, when worlds collide.

Kirk Hammett wrote a nifty little blog peice about his affinity for the great Stephen King and you can read it here.

I don’t regularly read Kirk’s blog, but I saw his post on Instagram (where I do follow him) and had to check it out. Since it was such an enjoyable read, I’m going to check out the rest of his stuff. I think the thing I appreciate most about his post is his genuine love of the horror genre, King, and the act of being a fan. Moreover, his tone is totally natural and he doesn’t speak down to the reader in any way. And then he spends some time connecting with his fans and answering questions. I appreciate that. I appreciate his genuiness and hope that I can be equally as genuine here.

So enjoy the article! And if I find more, I shall share!

The Friday Find

The internets are a strange and wonderful place. The theme of this weeks find is Artificial Intelligence. Specifically, “chatbots.” If you’re unfamiliar with “chatbots,” they are an Artificial Intelligence that you can ‘chat’ with. For example, the one most tend to be familiar with is Cleverbot. There are plenty of others though!

So I found this interesting article through a massive link dump on /x/ on 4chan. (If you’re unfamiliar with 4chan, beware!!! Learn about the boards before you go digging around.) The article contained transcripts of 2 chatbots, ALICE and Jabberwocky, set up to talk with each other. You can read it here.

Someone apparently saw this and attempted their own experiment. Except they animated it and gave voice to the chatbots.So then I was on YouTube and found probably the funniest argument between two Cleverbots. It contains the classic line “I am not a robot. I am a unicorn.”

The weird and wonderful of these finds is the idea that Artificial intelligence can someday lead to a true sentient being. And when we see these conversations between two separate computer programs, we can almost wonder and start to believe that this can transform from idea to actuality.

And in the final find, I suggest you listen to NightVale’s Podcast #42 titled Numbers about WZZZ and the yearning for freedom. It has that beautiful and tragic Serling-esque twist that will add new dimension to the quest for sentient AI.

The Friday Find: A Cave, A Cavern, and an Island

So every Friday we’re going to try to share an interesting “find” or two. It might be a news story or a website. Maybe a neat artist. Who knows! The possibilities are varied and we hope it’ll be stuff you think is interesting.

The Weird: So in perusing the interwebs, I came across this Caving Page. Some say it’s just a tasty dish of creepypasta, but it’s quite a joy to read. And then you have to wonder…. is it true? did this happen? What exactly is in this cave?

The Wonderful: So it’s just outside of New England, but it’s pretty wonderful. Howe Caverns in New York is a series of underground caves. Oh my, look at that, we have a theme going! Walking in a cave is one thing, but the boat ride takes it to the next level.

The Possibly Haunted: The proclaimed “most haunted place in the world” is for sale. Let me just check my bank accou-… er, guess I won’t be moving anytime soon.

 

Enjoy the finds!