Friday, October 6, 2023

Taking a Break

I'm taking a break for a number of weeks.
I have no idea what my internet situation will be.

I'd Really Like to See a Kangaroo and Joey!

I've been dreaming of wild kangaroos, and that sent me hunting for kangaroo memes:


Whatever blogging and internet time I can find, I'll spend visiting your blogs.
I have failed utterly this week!

Take care!  Have a great weekend!

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

  My next post will be soon! 

On the Bay of Fundy
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All Rights Reserved



Wednesday, October 4, 2023

IWSG: Wednesday, October 4, 2023 ~ Generative AI and Writers

It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.

To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG Founder Alex J. Cavanaugh are Natalie AguirreKim LajevardiDebs Carey,  Gwen Gardner, Patricia Josephine and Rebecca Douglass!
I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.


Every month the IWSG announces a question that members can answer
with advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.

This month's featured question is: 
The topic of AI writing has been heavily debated across the world. According to various sources, generative AI will assist writers, not replace them. What are your thoughts? 

Happy October, Everyone!  
I hope that all is well in your corner of the world.

It Never Gets Old! ~ The Beautiful Southwest!
Lake Mead, Nevada, USA
September 27, 2023
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved

My corner of the world has been extremely busy 
with more drama in the past few weeks than I need in a year. 
Necessity has squeezed writing out of my schedule.
It's all good, but I am very tired.

So when I read this month's IWSG question,
I have to admit AI writing sounds tempting.
I'd like to take my whole memoir mess,
toss it into an AI program, and see what it spits out.

Tempting, but not really.
Because what's spit out wouldn't be me.
And it's my memoir.
So I'm just going to keep writing.

Beyond my keeping on writing, the AI writing question is overwhelming.
I've been reading online about it for about an hour,
along with following the news for months on AI in general.
Generative AI feels a beginning step 
for AI to take over the world and eliminate humans,
starting with writers.

That's my tired brain talking,
so I'll defer to Secretary-General Ant籀nio Guterres of the United Nations
who stated in a July 2023 briefing of the United Nations Security Council:  
"Generative AI has enormous potential for good and evil at scale", 
that AI may "turbocharge global development" 
and contribute between $10 and $15 trillion to the global economy by 2030, 
but that its malicious use "could cause horrific levels of death and destruction, 
widespread trauma, and deep psychological damage on an unimaginable scale."

Generative AI:  Good or Evil?
I would like to believe it would benefit humankind,
but when I consider human history, I am worried. 
I'll be very interested to see how others respond to this question.
Enjoy IWSG Day.  Stay happy, healthy, and safe.

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue