The Singularity Approaches!

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    The Age of Imaginative Machines: The Coming Democratization of Art, Animation, and Imagination
    As recently as five years ago, the concept of "creative machines" was cast off as impossible— or at the very least, improbable for decades. Indeed, the phrase remains an oxymoron in the minds of most. Perhaps they are right. Creativity implies agency and desire to create. All machines today lack their own agency. Yet we bear witness to the rise of computer programs that imagine and "dream" in ways not dissimilar to humankind.

    Though lacking agency, this still meets the definition of imagination.

    To reduce it to its most fundamental ingredients: Imagination = experience + abstraction + prediction. To get creativity, you need only add "drive". Presuming that we fail to create artificial general intelligence in the next ten years (an easy thing to assume because it's unlikely we will achieve fully generalized AI even in the next thirty), we still possess computers capable of the former three ingredients.

    Someone who lives on a flat island and who has never seen a mountain before can learn to picture what one might be by using what they know of rocks and cumulonimbus clouds, making an abstract guess to cross the two, and then predicting what such a "rock cloud" might look like. This is the root of imagination.

    As Descartes noted, even the strongest of imagined sensations is duller than the dullest physical one, so this image in the person's head is only clear to them in a fleeting way. Nevertheless, it's still there. Through great artistic skills, the person can learn to express this mental image through artistic means. In all but the most skilled, it will not be a pure 1-to-1 realization due to the fuzziness of our minds, but in the case of expressive art, it doesn't need to be.

    Computers lack this fleeting ethereality of imagination completely. Once one creates something, it can give you the uncorrupted output.

    Right now, this makes for wonderful tools and apps that many play around with online and on our phones.

    But extrapolating this to the near future results in us coming face to face many heavy questions. If a computer can imagine things and the outputs can be used to create entertainment on par with and cheaper than human-created commercial art, what happens to the human-centric entertainment industry?


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    Here's a basic, 3,000-word extrapolation of current trends to 2024, focusing on where image and video synthesis will almost certainly lead.
     
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    From FutureTimeline.net's forums, from Starspawn0

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    This is something you really need to see to believe:

    Experiments with Making Convincing AI-Generated Fake News | Max Woolf's Blog

    It's about Salesforce's large language model (GPT-2-like system) called CTRL that takes a "control code" input to determine the type of text to generate. These can be Questions, Reviews, or Links. Using Links, you provide a webpage address, that is supposed to be like the kind of address you would expect a certain type of article to have, and then it generates text accordingly. Since URLs tend to have a lot of "metadata" about the article they link to, you can use this to tell the system what you want it to write.

    Amazingly, the author of the above article got good results even about things that are so totally unrealistic -- in other words, the system "knew" how to generalize. For example, consider this fake URL:

    Links https: //www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-likes-fortnite/2019/09/24/

    What did the program produce? This:

    That's totally insane!

    What about this one?:

    Links https: //www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fox-announces-firefly-season-2-revival-original-cast-returning-12343245

    Result:

    I'm guessing that if the model is big enough, perhaps one could even use this to generate short stories, if there were a large, famous website that cranks them out every day that would be in the training repertoire of the model.

    Crazy, crazy, crazy!!!
     
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    Pine is a game developed by Twirlbound about evolution. Using neural network AI technologies, the game's system attempts to recognize the player's style and adapt the species and world accordingly. This means defensive players will be opposed by more aggressive species, while energetic players would see faster enemies that try to keep up.

     
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    Damn cool, and a sneak peek of the next generation of gaming.
     
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    For sure. I did a lot of study on AI in games over the summer. It's a brave new world. Then we have Ryan Reynolds in a movie about an AI NPC going rogue lol
     
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