Will Self-Driving Car Sacrifice the Driver?

An AI moral dilemma for you today. How will automated cars perform when they have to make a quick, important decision? Does the passenger/ driver of the car come first, not to mention the vehicle itself? Or, will the car risk destroying itself and the people inside the car rather than risk people or animals in the road? It may not always be people, it could be a large animal like a moose or deer.

How should designers of the vehicle set up the car? There wouldn’t be enough time for the manual driver to kick in and take over. So it would be a decision the car would make. But, based on what? What input would be programmed in to the car?

An interesting question.

The moral dilemma is whether car would calculate to turn into the barrier or off the road to minimize casualties if there are more people at danger ahead than in the vehicle.

Source: Will Self-Driving Car Sacrifice the Driver if a Group of Pedestrians Suddenly Appears?

The Gilmore Girls Continues

Edward Herrmann, Lorelai’s Father, is deceased. Sookie, Melissa McCarthy, may be unavailable. But, from what I read all the other regulars will be back.

So, what will the storyline be for a Gilmore Girls catch up.

Did Rory achieve great things reporting overseas?

Did Lorelai get back together with Luke and did they break up again soon after?

How about Christopher, Emily, Gigi, April, Miss Patty, Babette, Dean, Lane, Jess, Paris, Kirk, Mrs. Kim, Gypsy, Finn and so many others!?

Before NetFlix gives us the answers… write your own.

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via Netflix is reviving ‘Gilmore Girls’ – The Atlantic.

Creepy Poems After Halloween

Writers don’t get to be very seasonal. It’s snowing outside your window while you write about which sunblock to use. Everyone is out Christmas shopping and you take the time to finish up that story about the Easter bunny. We live with our calendars in two different hemispheres. So, writing some creepy poetry just after Halloween shouldn’t be a big challenge. Bring along some Halloween candy (of course the dear little children won’t miss a chocolate bar, or two). Halloween chocolate is a great mode of inspiration!

What’s your poison… poem?¬†Mine is going to be short and bittersweet.

Night fell with the unknown hands of a clock.

Traffic piles up, buses are packed and sidewalks are rushed.

The darkness brings things that move, slippery and dangerous between the cracks.

Masses of people but none are awake, living in dreams and nightmares of their own making.

In the dark there is freedom, without blindness from mobile technology.

In the dark there are no rules, there are no law makers and no one keeps paperwork.

One dreamer falls off the sidewalk, between the concrete jungles. 

One dreamer wakes up in the darkness and can’t phone home.

There are no calling plans and roaming signals here. It’s too dark.

 

Source for inspiration and the image: Creepy Poems for Halloween | Flavorwire

His Body was Never Found…

I started reading a post about someone else, a woman who married a man younger than herself. Later he visited Asia and…. his body was never found.

Stories like that are creepy and creepier when it isn’t fiction. Whatever happened to…

Well, what did happen to the man (or woman) in the story of your own invention? Create a character and a back story then end it with “his body was never found”. But because it’s fiction and your own story you can slip in the details, discovered via time machine far in the future, about what really did happen to poor, old…. what’s-his-name.

Image source: Theos Casimir Bernard – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

InkTober

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Source: The InkTober Initiative – Mr Jake Parker

Late to start for this round but no reason you can’t join in, unofficially. Don’t add the pressure to catch up, just enjoy the challenge and do what you can until the end of the month.

 

You can choose to draw, doodle or write a picture in words. Take a look at the others involved and get your own inspiration.

Copyright Traps

How could you use a copyright trap in other creative work, like writing and photography? It’s not like a watermark for photos but a way to prove the work is your own from something only you would know was an error.

The more likely story, though, is that Argleton was an example of a copyright trap, which cartographers have long used to catch would-be thieves from stealing their hard work. In this case, either Google was laying the bait for a competitor (hey, Bing?) or the mystery town was inserted in analog form long ago by Tele Atlas, the Netherlands-based company that supplied Google Maps with its initial framework.

Source: D E C E P T O L O G Y: Why digital maps killed the town of Argleton

#RealisticDisneyPlots Can You Think of More?

Parents protest new junior Survivor-style reality TV show hosted by nanny, Mary Poppins.

Sleeping Beauty Fashions quietly closes the doors as Prince Charming comes out of the closet -opens his own start up.

Surgery successful to reattach Arthur’s arm after election stunt. Museum expects sword to be returned to stone.

Cinderella missing since shoe shopping incident. Step-sisters claim she was depressed and off her medication.

Snow White claims it was all a bad apple. Little people still demand compensation for bullying. Queen has no comment. #RealisticDisneyPlots

I posted these to Twitter. They were fun to think up. What spin can you give to a Disney movie?

Strangers in Your Dreams

Everyone does dream, even if you believe you have never dreamed, you do. People may not remember their dreams when they wake up. I begin to forget even vivid dreams once I’m awake. It bugs me. Some of the dreams are pretty great, some a very weird and some can be scary or at least mysterious.

Can you still remember the oddest dream you ever had?

What person would you never expect to see in your sleeping dreams?

You may think about famous people in your daydreams but it’s more interesting when someone famous, unusual or fictional turns up in our dreams.

I had a dream where I was doing something with Keanu Reeves. I can’t remember what we were doing now. Other people were there, people I do know, people I can remember from the past (some of them deceased now) and people I don’t remember at all.