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…as in 10. Not the other thing. So, I’ve installed ActivityPub and Friends today, and am hopeful I can actually figure out how they work. If I tag myself — @fgraver — will I see myself? Inquiring minds want to know. Life seems to keep happening, and I have not had the chance to read and think about what I had hoped to think about. As it happens, life has kept me away from work so far, although I’m going back on Thursday.

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Copyright. The right to copy?

There’s been a lot of discussion on the interwebs the last couple of days about copyright and AI, much of it centred around this article, where OpenAI claims they cannot create an innovative tool like ChatGPT without access to copyrighted material (cue sobs and tears). On the one hand, OpenAI is a well-funded, Silicon Valley company, and I, for one, have so little sympathy for their claim that one would need a pretty powerful electron microscope to see it. They have no qualms about exploiting the creations and labour of others in order to entice you and me, and well-moneyed…

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Random thoughts

The so-called big questions in life include things like “Why are we alive?”, “Does life have a purpose?” and similar questions that get discussed when one is ones 20s and gathering with friends late at night after enjoying some, shall we say, mind-expanding substances. But I sometimes find myself pondering such things while out in the woods with my dog. I am not religious; in fact quite the opposite — I believe in rationality, evidence, and science — but there are times I consider what else there is. What came before me, what comes after. The other day, I listened…

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AI and ethical conundrums

I am one of a group of faculty members who have organised a symposium on «AI and Art» at our university on January 12th. It seemed natural for me; I have always been interested in the ways artists explore new technologies, and push them in ways that perhaps was not intended. This was why I led an initiative that leaned heavily into Virtual and Extended Reality, despite some significant scepsisism from many of the filmmakers who teach at the Norwegian Film School. New technologies always come with baggage; I don’t believe there is such a thing as a completely neutral…

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5 books by 10 authors

There’s a thing that’s been going around Bluesky the first days of January: posting a list of 10 authors where you have read at least 5 of their books. I’m not sure who started that, but I’m certainly willing to throw my hat in the ring, as it were. Here goes (in pretty random order): (*Phew*. Got through it without having to admit how many books I’ve read by Marion Zimmer Bradley…) Are those all science fiction and fantasy authors? Why yes. Why, yes they are. Are those all women? Also, yes (and I could have listed more than 10)….

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And now for something (a little) different

I came across this on Mastodon today (you can find the blog entry here) and immediately thought, «this is a game I can play»! So I’ve marked all the Hugo-award winners I’ve read in red. I was aware I hadn’t read as much Neal Stephenson and Neil Gaiman as people tell me I should, but am surprised to see Vernor Vinge feature here. He’s not a writer I ever really considered, but apparently there at least a couple of titles I should consider. 2023 Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher2022 A Desolation Called Peaceby Arkady Martine2021 Network Effect by Martha…

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2 of 366?

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but am motivated to get into a writing habit. Yesterday, I was part of a discussion about it on Mastodon, started by Kate Bowles where I jumped in and suddenly realized — inspired by yesterday’s post — that I want to write. I want to be one of the people who find writing a necessity and something one must do in order to think properly. We’ll see if it actually becomes a daily habit, but for now, I will try. But why? Much of it has to do with my field — pedagogy for…

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So. It’s 2024

Everyone needs to start somewhere, or sometime. On occasion, one might need to start several times before the thing becomes a habit. Every time I’ve tried blogging, it’s fizzled out pretty quickly, often due to the pressure I put on myself to do it well. The weight of unrealistic expectations, or something like that. Well. Fuck pressure. Fuck expectations. I’m going to try just writing. Writing about whatever comes to mind, writing just for the simple reason that I want to get into the habit of writing. That means some of these posts are going to be god-awful, and I’ll…

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