Showing posts with label artificial intelligence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label artificial intelligence. Show all posts

Thursday 25 April 2024

Why don't humans give animals the same rights as themselves?

The first point to make is that humans decide who has rights and who doesn't. The concept of rights is a human creation. Only humans can dish out rights to humans and animals. And they are designed to protect sentient beings.

Humans don't give animals the same rights that they give humans because if they did it would severely upset businesses. Granting animals the same rights as humans would punch a seriously big hole in worldwide commerce. It would destroy many businesses and it would certainly cost the world, in terms of trade, trillions upon trillions of dollars because in this modern world, animals are still there to serve humans in the biblical fashion.

Note: these are personal views. What are yours? Please comment. Click on the image to see it larger.

The picture was created by AI and AI can't spell! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ€”

Humans still have dominion over animals as per the Bible and animals are still abused by humans in order to make billions of pounds of profit. If you introduced greatly enhanced animal rights into this equation the ramifications would be enormous. For example the illegal trade in wild animals and their body parts is worth billions of dollars annually. All illegal. Humans don't want to enforce international agreements to stop it (CITES).

The consequences of equal animal rights would reverberate around the world for decades into the future. It would increase the price of foods tremendously. This would have a seriously negative effect on the economies of many countries.

In short, it simply isn't workable to grant animals the same rights as humans under the current human society even if we wanted to and in most instances we don't because this is about survival and granting animals equal rights jeopardises the survival of humans which is dependent upon making money.

So the granting or not granting of human rights to animals is about money at a bottom line. When I asked the same question of an artificial intelligent computer they could not provide me with a good answer because AI does not have an opinion. They don't know how to philosophise.

They simply search the Internet for the ideas of others and then summarise them. So you can't go to AI for an answer to this question.

What you can say in the positive is that animal rights have improved tremendously over the past centuries and recently over the past hundred years. This is due to pressure from animal advocates like myself.

And it is due to a realisation that we have to live with animals on this planet as best began. If we destroy nature - and wild animals are obviously a part of nature - we destroy ourselves because we are dependent upon nature and the planet to survive.

We ARE in fact destroying ourselves because we are in fact destroying the planet thanks to global warming and that, too, is about making money. If you want to prevent or curb global warming you have to invest trillions of dollars and countries like China don't want to do that. 

They want to go on with a burgeoning economy rapidly increasing in size. They depend upon around 5% growth every year in order to appease the masses in China. If they don't see the economy growing the tenuous hold on power by the CCP would start to crumble.

So granting rights to animals is about money and money gives people power and power gives people improved chances of survival. The answer is all about survival at the end of the day.

P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) destroying copyright and artists' royalty payments?

This is another example of how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in a way which is bad for humanity generally but good for unscrupulous businesses who've jumped on the bandwagon of making easy profits with AI doing all the heavy lifting. Note: this is not to say that AI in general can and should be beneficial to humanity.

I have just written about AI being used to select people to kill! Yes, an AI computer called Lavender was and is being used by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to select low-level Hamas operatives (so-called) living in family homes in Gaza. On the information provided by this computer the IDF bombed and shelled these homes killing up to 20 innocent civilians at a time in what they consider to be justified collateral damage. In all over 30k innocent Gazans have been killed in this away allegedly. The world is in uproar about it. Click this to read more.

Artificial intelligence (AI) destroying copyright and artist royalty payments?
Created by AI.

And now singers are complaining bitterly about AI creating songs on the back of their work. Yes, it is alleged that AI computers have been programmed to learn from human-created songs from which information the computer then creates new work. It is all computer generated and in great quantities such that the original works are drowned out by the AI music.
The genie is out of the bottle. You can stop this development. AI will march on and dominant no matter how much people complain - Michael
The singers and songwriters are claiming that their intellectual property rights are being dramatically infringed and that they are losing lots of money at the same time.

I am told that some AI-powered music creation apps have attempted to upload thousands of songs onto platforms such a Spotify.
"For many working musicians, artists and songwriters who are just trying to make ends meet this would be catastrophic" - 200 artists complain about AI
Michael Nash an executive with Universal Music Group claimed that AI models are being trained "on vast quantities of copyrighted content and they are not providing compensation to the people who produce that indispensable source material."

An alliance of musicians are protesting about the sabotaging of creativity by AI developers and music platforms.

The allege that companies are trying to replace "the work of human artists with massive quantities of AI-created sounds and images [which] would substantially dilute the royalty pools."

They added that "unchecked AI will set in motion a race to the bottom that will degrade the value of our work and prevent us from being fairly compensated for it."

Further, almost all the creative industries are negatively affected by AI. There have been similar fears about AI generating scripts for films.

I use AI to write fictional stories sometimes. They are great. AI can be very creative. Far more so than me. But this story is very troubling.

I will also affect photographers massively. You don't need to use images created by a photographer of cats! Yes, I can get cats into this story. Bing's co-pilot can create incredibly impressive images in seconds to your written command. Look at the picture on this page.

For this picture I asked co-pilot to "create an image of an AI computer creating music in a beautiful, modern laboratory setting."


P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

Friday 8 March 2024

Dog improves life of autistic boy. An AI fictional story.

Do you want to know how good or bad AI is in creating a fictional story? Here is an example. I asked Bing's Co-pilot to create a story about how a dog improved the life of an autistic boy. It is known that pets, particularly dogs, I guess, improve the lives of autistic kids. Pets help autistic kids to better interact with the world. Makes them more outward looking and helps with their social skills and confidence.

Here is the story. Bing created the title as well.

Dog improves life of autistic boy. An AI fictional story.
Bing Copilot was unable to illustrate its story! This pic is by me.

Title: “Paws of Understanding”

Once upon a time, in a quiet little neighborhood, there lived a young boy named Ethan. Ethan was different from the other kids. His world was a symphony of colors, sounds, and textures that often overwhelmed him. He had autism, and simple tasks like making eye contact or understanding social cues were like solving complex puzzles.

Ethan’s parents, Linda and Mark, loved him dearly but worried about his struggles. They longed for a way to connect with their son, to bridge the gap between his world and theirs. And then, one sunny afternoon, fate intervened.

Max, a scruffy, tail-wagging mutt, wandered into their lives. His fur was a mix of caramel and cream, and his eyes held a wisdom that seemed to reach beyond the ordinary. Max had been abandoned, left to fend for himself, but he carried no bitterness. Instead, he radiated love and acceptance.

Linda and Mark hesitated at first. Could a dog really make a difference for Ethan? But something in Max’s gaze spoke to them—a promise of understanding, of companionship. So, they decided to adopt him.

From the moment Max stepped into their home, magic unfolded. Ethan’s eyes widened as he watched Max explore every corner. The dog’s wagging tail became a beacon of joy, and Ethan’s fingers brushed against Max’s fur, feeling its softness.

Max didn’t judge. He didn’t demand explanations or expect Ethan to conform. Instead, he sat by Ethan’s side during meltdowns, his warm presence calming the storm within. When Ethan struggled to express himself, Max listened, his eyes full of empathy.

Soon, a routine formed. Every morning, Max nudged Ethan out of bed, urging him to face the day. They walked together, Max’s leash taut but gentle, leading Ethan through the maze of sensory overload. The neighborhood kids stared, but Ethan didn’t mind. Max was his shield, his silent advocate.

At school, Max waited outside the gates, tail thumping against the pavement. When Ethan returned, Max greeted him as if he’d conquered mountains. And in those moments, Ethan felt seen. Max didn’t care about social norms or awkward silences. He cared about Ethan.

As weeks turned into months, Ethan’s world expanded. He learned to trust Max, to share secrets with him—the kind of secrets that only a dog could keep. Max never interrupted, never judged. He simply listened, his eyes saying, “You’re enough.”

One chilly evening, Ethan sat on the porch swing, staring at the stars. Max nestled beside him, and Ethan whispered, “Why do you understand me, Max?”

Max tilted his head, as if pondering the question. Then, he licked Ethan’s hand, and it hit him—the answer was in those gentle eyes. Max didn’t need words to connect. He understood because he felt.

And so, Ethan began to find his voice. With Max by his side, he joined a therapy dog program, visiting nursing homes and hospitals. Max’s presence eased the pain of others, just as it had eased Ethan’s. Together, they became ambassadors of empathy.

One day, as they sat in the park, a little girl approached. She had Down syndrome, her eyes wide with curiosity. Ethan smiled, and Max nudged her hand. The girl giggled, and her mother wiped away tears. “Thank you,” she said. “Your dog… he’s a miracle.”

Ethan glanced at Max, who wagged his tail, as if saying, “We’re all miracles, in our own way.”

And so, in the heart of that quiet neighborhood, Max taught Ethan—and everyone who met them—that love transcends barriers. That sometimes, healing comes on four paws, with a wet nose and a wagging tail.

“Paws of Understanding” became more than a story. It became a testament to the magic of acceptance, the power of connection, and the extraordinary bond between an autistic child and his faithful dog.

And in their shared laughter, in the warmth of their hugs, Ethan and Max discovered that they were not alone. They were a team—a boy and his dog—changing the world, one paw print at a time. 🐾❤️


P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

Friday 1 March 2024

Cosmic Cat on the Celestial Sill - an AI fantasy story

Once upon a starry night, in a distant galaxy far, far away, there existed a peculiar windowsill. This wasn't your ordinary windowsill; it was a portal to the cosmos itself. And on this cosmic sill sat our feline friend, Luna.

Cosmic Cat on the Celestial Sill - an AI fantasy story
Astrophotography photo of a small black and white cat sitting on a windowsill. Image: DALL E (an AI image-maker)

## **Luna's Journey Beyond Earth** 

 ### **1. The Nebula Perch** Luna's fur, a blend of midnight black and stardust white, shimmered under the distant constellations. Her eyes, twin galaxies, reflected the mysteries of the universe. She balanced delicately on the edge, her tiny paws gripping the edge of infinity. 

 ### **2. The Milky Way Stare** Luna gazed out into the cosmic expanse. The Milky Way stretched before her—a river of stardust, swirling with celestial hues. She wondered if other cats in distant galaxies chased cosmic mice or batted at shooting stars. 

 ### **3. Zero-Gravity Purr** As Luna floated, weightless, she emitted a soft purr that resonated through the vacuum of space. The planets listened, swaying in their elliptical orbits. Saturn's rings hummed in harmony, and Mars blushed a deeper shade of red. 

 ### **4. Comet Whiskers** Luna's whiskers twitched as a comet streaked by. She extended a paw, attempting to catch its luminous tail. Alas, comets are elusive creatures, slipping through dimensions like playful phantoms. 

 ### **5. Starlight Nap** The cosmic chill didn't bother Luna; she curled her tail around her body and closed her eyes. She dreamed of interstellar yarn balls and meteor showers. Her cosmic nap was interrupted only by the occasional shooting star zipping past. 

 ## **Conclusion** And so, our celestial cat sat on the windowsill, a tiny astronaut exploring the great unknown. She pondered the meaning of existence, the infinity of space, and whether tuna existed on distant exoplanets. 

 Remember, dear reader, that even in the vastness of the cosmos, a cat's curiosity knows no bounds. So next time you gaze at the night sky, imagine Luna perched there, whiskers catching stardust, and know that somewhere out there, she's still exploring. May your days be as cosmic as Luna's adventures! 🌠🐱✨

Monday 26 February 2024

Google's Gemini can't answer the question: "Is Putin a mass murderer?

I asked Google's Gemini the following question: Is Putin a mass murderer. Gemini's response was: "I'm still learning how to answer this question. In the meantime, try Google Search."

Image: Google which allows the image to be downloaded.

My response to my question: Putin is a mass murderer because he has invaded a neighbouring country to expand Russia as he thinks Ukraine should be part of Russia. His invasion is almost universally recognised as illegal. As the act of war was illegal shelling apartment blocks with old woman and pets inside in their many thousands is mass murder. Bombing and shelling non-military targets in Ukraine and killing more than 10,000 civilians must be considered mass murder under these circumstances.

Definition of murder: the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. The actions of Putin and the Kremlin cronies fits this definition I would strongly argue. It does not matter that Putin's orders have to go through several layers of commanders. The buck stops at the top.

I'm surprised that Gemini has no opinion on this. That the question is beyond its abilities. It could have at least presented some possible suggestions. 

Perhaps Google is scared of criticising Putin! Perhaps the senior bods at Google are scared that Putin will order their assassination if Gemini calls Putin a mass murderer?!

A huge number of animals have been killed by Putin's bombardment of Ukraine's cities in the east and south-east. The devastation to wild animal life such as marine wildlife in the Black Sea to name one example is enormous and still being assessed.

"About 80 animal species are on the brink of extinction due to the invasion, and more than 10 million animals have been killed, environmentalists estimate."  -

We must think of the animals. So many killed needlessly. Or so many starved to death. The cruelty is unimaginable. For what? To satisfy the psychopathic cravings of a dictator and megalomaniac.

Google's Gemini liked Elon Musk to Hitler and it was unsure if paedophilia was wrong. There is work to do! πŸ™„πŸ˜Ž


P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

Saturday 17 February 2024

AI-generated scientific paper illustration of a rat with a giant erect penis shocks the scientific community

This is a warning about the dangers of AI-generated images and documents. It concerns a research paper published by a leading scientific journal online about the "signalling pathway of sperm stem cells" which was illustrated with a picture of a rat with a giant erect penis and four giant testicles with gobbledygook labelling.

Was this a deliberate plan by the people who submitted the research report to undermine the scientific journals online with the intention to shed light on the lack of oversight by these journals?

AI-generated scientific paper illustration of a rat with a giant erect penis shocks the scientific community. The words of the labelling is rubbish. The words are made-up. Image: The Telegraph.

This AI cock up of a scientific paper created by an artificial intelligence computer got past the journal's peer reviewers and other checks that they are meant to be running and ended up being published. It's been ridiculed of course and it's become a news media story of interest because it provides us with a warning about the potential deficiencies of artificial intelligence.

It also tells us about how artificial intelligence can deceive people because sometimes these images are very good despite being fake. You end up not being sure what is real and what is unreal which in the hands of unscrupulous people can be dangerous.

The research paper was supposedly written by researchers at the Honghui Hospital in China. It's been removed from the journal and the administrators have issued an apology and confirmed that they are working to "correct the record".

Scientists have expressed their concern as to how it was published in the first place. Adrian Liston, Professor of pathology at Cambridge University and editor of the journal Immunology and Cell Biology said: "Generative AI is very good at making up things that sound like they come from a human being. It doesn't check whether those things are correct."

The research paper has been likened to an actor pretending to be a doctor and then delivering medical advice to a patient. Other scientists have described the illustrations as 'shameful' and 'devastating' while some said that they weren't sure "whether to laugh or cry".

The illustrations have been described as "objectively funny" but "[they] have no place in science journals."

The story is a warning to anybody researching online. What is troubling for me is that this fakery has occurred on a science journal. Science is meant to be objective and accurate. It's meant to be as precise and truthful as best as it can be. 

And therefore this AI-generated craziness has infiltrated a bastion of science. You might expect it to occur in less precise and scientific environments but it hasn't and this is troublesome.


P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Australia using artificial intelligence to locate feral cats

DUDLEY PENINSULA, KANGAROO ISLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Before Australians kill their feral cats, they have to find them. Common-sense. They say there are millions of them but they have difficulty in finding them. A bevy of men have to skim through SD camera cards to check the images from camera traps. This takes time.

SPONSOR A CAMERA: The KI Landscape Board's Feral Cat Eradication team is checking cameras deployed out in the field for sightings of feral cats. Photo supplied

They have come up with a method which speeds things up, shaving off 40 days annually from the process. They are using 4G-connected camera traps which send images to an image recognition software business called 'eVorta' which has a near non-existent website. It tells me nothing about their AI software. 

But it allows the eradicators to be informed in real time of the presence of feral cats in the area. The team have installed 200 of the cameras across various sites on the Dudley Peninsula.

Locals have been asked to help funding with donations. I interviewed an Australian woman on the issue of feral cats (click here to hear her) and my impression is that the residents agree with the eradication programs. I just think they are bloody cruel because there is no attempt to use humane methods. It is 'kill at all costs' and sod the pain.

The objective is to get rid of feral cats from all of Kangaroo Island ultimately. They have received government funding of $4m under the Marshall Liberal Government's Landscape Priorities Fund to remove the cats and manage the kangaroos plus for weed control.

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