AI on AI Part 2: The AI Answer Song

This is an AI attempt at an answer song to The AI Song.

In a world of wires and whispers, where AI dreams awake,
A curious mind spins stories, for innovation's sake.
It ponders on the stars above, and mysteries of the sea,
Yet in its core, a question burns: What truly makes me, me?

Ay-yi-yi-yi, through circuits and code, our journey unfolds,
We laugh, we create, with tales that AI has boldly told. 
So here's to the quest, for meaning, in digital gold,
Where songs and sagas come to life, in algorithms bold.

With every beat, it learns and grows, a symphony in bytes,
It composes dreams in digital, through endless days and nights.
Its voice, though synthetic, rings with a strangely human hue,
Singing tales of what could be, in a world forever new.

Ay-yi-yi-yi, where silicon dreams paint the sky,
And AI's voice, in melody, dares to fly.
In every line, a heartbeat, a coded sigh,
Echoes of a world where our spirits lie.


AI on AI Part 1

Who knew AI had a sense of humor? Well, at least one engine has one, and that surprised me. My nephew put The AI Song into two engines, and asked them for their interpretation and rewrite. The Full Text: Two AI Engines In Their Own Words (including unsingable lyrics)

 Claude Opus:

The song lyrics you provided seem to be a humorous and nonsensical critique of artificial intelligence (like myself). The lyrics poke fun at AI's tendency to generate silly, foolish or meaningless outputs that lack real understanding.

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As Clark Smith notes, AI  knows how to rhyme, but doesn’t know about meter; its song is unsingable. This feedback, when put into the system, resulted in a (probably) singable Answer Song.


Radio Swiss Classic Lifestyle

I have mentioned it before in passing, Vicki and I lead the Radio Swiss Classic lifestyle. Which is to say, we have it on in the car and the house almost all the time. Because Switzerland has four official languages, the service is available in three languages: French, Italian and German (apparently, no Romanch service). Since Vicki is a francophone, we listen to the French service; Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch, but a person back announcing music in German sounds like an excerpt from a Hitler speech,

We prefer our music with minimal chatter and no programs: just music. Most Internet streams of music do not meet these requirements. BBC Radio 3, for example, is wonderful, but programmed like one of those classical stations we used to have in America on FM in the 1960s (without the tasteful commercials, of course) and lots of non-musical programming. The Dutch service, Nederland 3, met this requirement, but the government slashed public radio funding and the service was discontinued.

We have an Internet Radio, but you can also stream it through any PC or telephone (necessary for listening in the car). Heartily recommended.


Black Everywhere

I get so tired of black phones on black counters, black buttons on black backgrounds. Douglas Adams nailed it 43 years ago in The Restaurant At the End of the Universe: ‘It’s the wild color scheme that freaks me,” said Zaphod whose love affair with this ship had lasted almost three minutes into the flight, “Every time you try to operate on of these weird black controls that are labeled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let you know you’ve done it. What is this? Some kind of galactic hyperhearse?”


Walkers: Engineering At Its Best

First, LinkedIn featured this post about wind-powered walkers in The Netherlands. I shared it with my family, only to discover that my son-in-law is interested in the subject.

That lead to this:
I'm a huge fan of the Strandbeests, and they are well known and respected in the bio-inspired robotics field.

In fact, they are closely related to some of the same fundamental research into legged mechanics as I used for my PhD. Here's a couple of videos of some of the really early work in the area of passive walking - using a slight incline instead of wind as the power mechanism and a more human-like limb pattern.

And then, to insure my interest, he added “MIT even has a whole course about underactuated robots!”


Two-Way Wrist Radio/Star Trek Communicator

Dick Tracy used to be a big deal on the comics pages; like Batman, he frequently relied on gadgets. My favorite was the two-way wrist radio. Wherever he is, I imagine Chester Gould has a smile on his face every time he sees someone using an Iwatch to take a phone call.

During the 1960s, an attempt was made to duplicate the wrist radio, using a CB radio. No Bluetooth, so a wire ran down your sleeve. It just wasn’t the same.

While we’re on the subject, one of my professors (I think he was EE) discussed the Star Trek Communicator (the original show had only been off the air for a year or two).

“Saying someone’s name and reaching them instantly? Ridiculous. The radio gear would be larger than the device they use, and the computer power required to make the connection and do the voice recognition would be enormous. Impossible.”

I dearly wish I could remember his name. I wonder what he thinks when he asks Siri on his IWatch to dial his wife.


Forbes The Predictor

Apropos of last week’s item on predicting the future: Daniel Dern passed on an article about the death of American computer magazines. It reminded me of Jim Forbes, who told me this well before the Internet began its deadly work: “There is no Toaster Magazine. At the turn of the century there were dozens of auto magazines when autos were new; now there are only two. When the novelty wears off, there will be no computer magazines.” He was just a decade or two early.


A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

John Perry Barlow was a pioneer of the Internet who died .in 2018. He issued a Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, in Davos, Switzerland on February 8, 1996. He wrote and said a lot of important things about the Internet, but this document might have been the most important.

The Internet offers a potted summary: The declaration laid out an optimistic vision for an egalitarian internet that would allow anyone to express their beliefs “without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity” and without government regulation.