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I starting writing poetry again in 2012 after a 50 year hiatus.

Born and raised in West Texas, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.

I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.

We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school.

We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.

We are now retired. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.

My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.


Roy's Ramblings - The Final Invention


Blog Posted:5/4/2014 9:42:00 AM
I read an interesting article about AI (Artifical Intelligence) yesterday. One of the authors was Stephen Hawkings, so I gave it some credence. It was commenting on the basic idea in the film "Transcendence" starring Johnny Depp. I have not seen the movie, but it has gotten some bad reviews. In any case, being an SF fan, I am familiar with the idea, that being that the invention of an AI smarter than its inventor, could lead to a singularity, or transcendence, as it is called in the film, as the AI could also invent an AI smarter than itself, and so on. Reading the reviews, it doesn't seem the film carries the idea to its logical conclusion, as it merely transforms its dying inventor into an AI, presumably with its inventor's personality.

What Hawking warns about (and it does appear to be a warning) is that any such real AI invention (perhaps inevitable) could be mankind's last, as a real superintelligent AI would be capable of creating an even more intelligent AI, whose capabilities we may not even be able to imagine.

My thought is that such an AI would transcend our concepts of good and evil, which in the end might be really only human concepts driven by our own animalistic desire to survive and reproduce our genes.

The warning is not even a new one. The beginning of AI goes back at least as far as WII, when Alan Turing and I.J. Good, among others, invented Colossus, the machine that helped break the Nazi Enigma code. The machine was deconstructed after the war and its parts scattered, partially based on fears that it was too smart. Good left a warning in his will. Turing, the real genius, might have written something as well, if he had not committed suicide after his security clearance was revoked when his homosexulaity was uncovered.

Given that singularity scenario (man invents God, if you will), we cannot predict the outcome. It could be good or bad for humankind, in the self-centered terms that we use.

We don't even know if such a being (I think we have to give it that status at least) would be judgmental, which is probably one of our biggest fears, considering how we have managed to screw up the world so far. Another question is whether or not it would possess a sort of self-survival instinct, although even that concept is anthropomorphic, isn't it? That would create fear as well, since it is what drives most human bad behavior, IMHO. It might be docile and kind instead. We just don't know.

Here's a link to the article and also a link to a book "Artifical Intelligence and the End of the Human Era" subtitled "Our Final Invention" appropriately enough.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/stephen-hawking-transcendence-looks-at-the-implications-of-artificial-intelligence--but-are-we-taking-ai-seriously-enough-9313474.html

http://www.amazon.ca/Our-Final-Invention-Artificial-Intelligence/dp/0312622376/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380718861&sr=8-1&keywords=our+final+invention
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  1. Date: 5/5/2014 9:03:00 PM
    VERY interesting. Hawkings spent some time in our area, Waterloo, giving lectures at the Perimeter Institute, which is a think tank for world scientists (I'm not joking.) I think we go far beyond survival and sex. There are a million stories out there of man laying down their lives for each other, true, selfless sacrifice. And what of art, music, dance, poetry? Man created machines as slaves, to obey and serve us unconditionally and consistently. It all sounds so "Terminator" to me. And there is another side-- what if A.I. could be created that filters all we should not be and leaves only pure humanity? Ahhh.. scary, too. We are, in essence, a machine ourselves. Parts and programming. Hmmm

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 5/5/2014 9:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/about/about-perimeter one more... I went to an open house at this place when it first opened. The minds there blew mine!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 5/5/2014 9:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    https://perimeterinstitute.ca/people/stephen-hawking if curious.
  1. Date: 5/4/2014 4:38:00 PM
    I have heard bad things about the movie, Roy. Probably I will wait to see it on cable, despite the star johnny Depp being in it. Did you catch the movie last year about a guy that falls in love with his computer? HER, that is the name of it. Wow, that was an incredible movie and it touches on this same stuff you are mentioning but in a very interesting and delightful way, through a love story. This is not my kind of topic to explore. I believe in a God or divine creator, and we can never come close to Him in intelligence even with all our crazy technology. Good thought provoking blog.

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Non-Christian Poetry Contest Update
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 9:05:00 AM
New Contest - Religious Poetry: Non-Christian
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 6:40:00 AM
"AT SEVENTEEN"
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 10:57:00 AM
The Pedicure Virgin
Date Posted: 9/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
How to make an image out of a long poem
Date Posted: 9/3/2014 12:58:00 PM
How to do a scansion of your poem to verify the meter
Date Posted: 8/19/2014 6:03:00 PM
Too Subtle?
Date Posted: 8/15/2014 1:39:00 PM
New Feature -Poet's Notes About the Poem
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 12:31:00 PM
Free Verse: Start here or finish here
Date Posted: 7/21/2014 7:04:00 PM
Bogus Entries in Contests
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 6:46:00 AM
Punctuation and Capitalization in Poetry
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 6:35:00 PM
About Poem/Poem Notes/Inspiration, etc.
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 8:17:00 AM
Bawdy Limericks II Judged
Date Posted: 7/6/2014 2:48:00 PM
To Footnote or Not to Footnote?
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 8:47:00 PM
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Date Posted: 6/24/2014 10:01:00 PM
Centering, Bolding, and Italicizing in a Poem
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 9:51:00 PM
Bawdy Limerick Contest Complete
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 4:38:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update - Last chance
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Bonnie Parker's Poetry
Date Posted: 5/24/2014 2:48:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update
Date Posted: 5/22/2014 2:48:00 PM
Kudos on the Miltonic Sonnet Contest
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 4:06:00 PM
Limerick Contest
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 7:56:00 PM
Roy's Ramblings - The Final Invention
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 9:42:00 AM
Contest Enhancements I'd Like to See
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 10:12:00 AM
Age Test
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 8:44:00 PM

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