The Morning Dawdler – 1-29-2023

I play with robots! Especially Robbie

I realize that Robbie doesn’t have AI. Instead, he has a battery and some kind of recording device. But I like him anyway, my all time favorite robot.

Should we fear the arrival of more progressive AI [Artificial Intelligence] or embrace it?

I know that many people are afraid that many people will be “trapped” by AI intelligence and give up trying to “do it” (whatever “it” may be) themselves. Frankly, I think many of those people have already given up. The number of people in this world who have the enterprise to really write or create original material is a small percentage of the general population. Just as well for the creators amongst us. If everyone could do it, no one would hire us.

Ah, memories!

Those who have it in them to create will create. The rest will use AI not to write books, but to write business letters and other non-fictional material as needed, probably largely for work.

I know a lot of people who love technology and use it for many things, from creating podcasts to cooking and baking. But I don’t know anyone who uses it instead of their own abilities. The technology gives them freedom to do better or more quickly work that used to be too difficult, time consuming — and occasionally impossible otherwise. It isn’t “instead” of. It’s “in addition to” or as a complement to original work.

If the world survives, we’ll be fine. We just need the world to survive.

How much time do you spend sitting each day?

Many more hours than I should. I don’t walk well, so I don’t do much walking. But I do an awful lot of standing. I spend many hours a day on my feet and I gotta tell you, my feet are not saying thank you.

What is your proudest accomplishment ?

Probably my body of writing, both professional and amatueur. I can’t grade which things are better than other things. I don’t think the “creator” is a good judge of the quality of his or her work.

Are/Were you the youngest, middle, oldest or only child?

I was the middle kid, otherwise known as “the communicator.” That’s a typical role for middle kids. You carry messages from one person to another because they don’t seem to be able to talk directly to each other. Why not? I have no idea. I do know that at some point in my life — probably in my late 20s — I refused to be the messenger and told my family to talk to each other. It was one of the reasons I left the country. I figured if I wasn’t around, they were sure to talk to each other.

They did. They didn’t like each other any more than they had before, but they communicated.

When we were a family. Guess which one is me?

As for where I stand now? My brother died in 2009 from pancreatic cancer and my sister became a drug addict a few years earlier although we didn’t know it until some years after it happened. I suspected it, but couldn’t prove it. I don’t know where she is now, though I assume she is alive because someone would have told me had they heard otherwise.

Essentially, other than some cousins, my family is gone. Mother, father, brother, sister, aunts, uncles. I am the second oldest member of my generation — and in Garry’s family, he is the oldest — and also the oldest of three brothers.

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12 replies

  1. Is that brunette with the cheeky grin in the middle you?

    I agree with your views on AI, Marilyn, many people are worried about it, but there are many more pressing things for people to worry about.

    Yet, original creators need to be reassured l feel as long as they continually work with original and unique content.

    There is more chance of their work being plagiarised by another writer than them being outsmarted by AI. Yet apparently, and according to an article l read this evening, AI can be guilty of copying original content and republishing it.

    But so too can people not using AI. I could take this post here of yours, shuffle it about, and rewrite and remix the content without AI. People need to stop worrying about everything that could prevent them from doing a, b or c and get on and create a new way of writing a to c.

    People being people will do what comes naturally to them – so cheaters will cheat, and creators will create.


    • Yes, I’m the dark haired one in the middle of the front row. Sometimes I look at that picture and realize I didn’t really look like anyone else.

      Getting plagiarised is always an issue for authors — and has always BEEN an issue for authors, long before AI and computers. Probably dating back to goose quill and parchment. It happens all the time, too. I’ve found my material all over the place and I’ve given up getting seriously bent about it. I don’t have a bank of lawyers to protect me and couldn’t afford even one, much less a bunch of them. I have to — as most of us do — depend on others to have some sense of decency about it and not steal everything, but my photographs are all over the place, including Google and Wikipedia. Unless someone is making money from using it, I just let it go. I make my pictures very small, so no one is going to get a high quality reproduction from any of my images — at least none of the recent ones.

      You are absolutely right. More people need to put their energy into producing work than worrying lest someone copy it. Many people are writing good or better books, but most of us — including me — are not writing deathless prose. I wish I thought I had the kernel of writing something extraordinary, but I’m about to turn 76. If I haven’t found that brilliance yet, I doubt it’s in me.

      There may BE great writers searching for a publisher, except publishers aren’t searching for greatness. They are looking for things that will sell well to many casual readers. Greatness is risky so if greatness is out there, the publishing world isn’t interested.


  2. Hi Marilyn, I always enjoy reading about your life and adventures. I am the oldest of four girls and that comes with a set of responsibilities and expectations too.


    • Garry, as the oldest brother, also feels that sense of responsibility. I always took my role as “family communicator” seriously, but eventually I realized I wasn’t really doing anyone a favor. I wish I’d resigned years earlier. Maybe they’d have learned to talk to each other while they were young enough to have worked through issues. Their never talking to each other didn’t help family dynamics.

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  3. I can recognize you. So sorry about your siblings


  4. In the middle! Nice family photo 🙂

    Very sad about your sister 😢


    • I don’t know if there’s one in every family, but there’s one in an awful lot of families and often, we don’t even know who they are until it’s too late to do much about it. I suspected — couldn’t prove it — but by the time the lid blew off her life, it was years too late. I’m not even sure what one can do about it, either. Drug use is so widespread and users don’t exactly advertise. They seem, to most people, pretty normal — until one day, they fall off the ledge.


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