Pics from 2017

The Inverse Groucho

"PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER"- Groucho Marx in a telegram to the Beverly Hills Friars Club First, I'm not wedded to the name 'the Inverse Groucho', but I've yet to come up with anything better, so do feel free to suggest something.The Inverse Groucho is the realization and accompanying moment of uncomfortable clarity that to any outside observer you are in fact a member of a group to which you may not wish to belong.I've had the moments in a variety of settings, though probably most often at metal and punk shows.…


A.I., Bandwidth and Emergent Personality

Lately, I've been reading a bit about machine learning and the different methods and algorithms involved, as well as perhaps a too much Iain M. Banks. This had me pondering the future of artificial intelligence, and I had a thought that seemed worthy of writing down.In the Culture universe that Iain M. Banks created, artifical intelligence is widespread and consists of many (billions?) discrete entities.  All of them have their own distinct desires, objectives and personalities.  Another potential future for A.I. is that it is singular and monolithic. That there is one Mind, it may…