It has dawned on me that a lot of people are going to have to start looking for new jobs in the not-too-distant future. AI is going to be writing books that tick all the boxes for the reader and the book will be written in seconds. A significant number of readers won't care that there isn't a human on the other end. They'll just want books that they enjoy.

I can already tell Photoshop to add a cow or a cat to a picture and it gives me several variations to choose from that look realistic.

A few weeks ago, I predicted that within a decade, people will just be able to tell a computer to make an action-adventure movie about such and such a topic and within minutes, it will be done. No actors or directors, no writers, no camera operators or filming on location in some exotic land, no orchestras. Everything will be computer generated.

Well, this morning, I watched an AI generated trailer. Someone told AI to make a trailer for Heidi. You can see it here. It is freaky as hell to watch. The people and animals are fascinating and eerie, the score is a little bit catchy. It is obviously not going to win any awards for film making, but it's a first step.

Additionally, driverless vehicles are going to kill truck driving and taxi careers. Pilots may well be next. Amazon has technology that allows grocery shoppers to just fill up their carts and leave the store. No checkout. Good bye to the cashiers. Who knows how many jobs are going to be eradicated by technology and if there will be any new ones to fill the void?

I am both excited and scared about the future. What happens to society when too many people don't have jobs to do? I'd love to reach Star Trek level where people are just free to choose whatever career interests them and money is no longer viable. But there's going to be some serious in-between time where people are going to suffer.

Anyway, it was just a thought.

Heat and humidity

Holy cow, what a summer. It's either pouring rain or drenching heat and humidity. For a fellow who works outside, it's been god awful. But, as they say, it's going to be one of the coolest summers for the rest of my life.

Special Counsel

Well, here we go. A special counsel has been appointed for two of the myriad of criminal cases against Trump. This is basically it. If Trump doesn't get indicted, then there are no more questions about it. Some people are, indeed, above the law.

I have no doubts whatsoever that the man won't see the inside of a cell. They wouldn't be able to protect him and they're not going to let that happen. So that would leave something like house arrest, where he's confined to Mar-A-Lago, hardly a punishment since that what he chooses to do, anyway. Then, of course, let's see if anyone tries to stop him from going out and golfing and living his normal life. Doubtful, but an indictment and some sort of punishment is needed.

I believe enough of the Republican Party has moved on to the point that any uproar will be contained. I mean, it's not like they'll be arresting DeSantis or anything.

Wandering thoughts

As the summer starts to lose its grip and I watch the early leaves jump ship, I have an unusual desire to see autumn. It's firstly, because we'll be heading off to Denmark in under a month, but also because I've started to see it as the most beautiful time of the year, followed by my least favorite, loathsome winter. Ugh. But for now there's a relief in the air that the heat wave for the previous few weeks is over. And when I recall the humid, sweaty recent days, I think to myself, enjoy what will be one of the coolest summers for the rest of your life.

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

We have broken out of the Covid shell and booked our first international trip in three years. In October, we're off to wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. Never been to Denmark and nowadays, never having been there is the greatest reason for me to want to visit.

Tivoli Gardens will be closed as work is being done between seasons, but otherwise, things are looking good. Any suggestions? I'd love to hear it.
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