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I’d fallen off the wagon, again, and felt ashamed of all that I had done to hurt my family. I was just fifteen years old when I had my first rum and Coke at a Las Vegas casino. It didn’t help that my parents had a well-stocked liquor cabinet at home. That began my lifelong misery of fighting and losing, getting my AA tokens, hitting the liquor store after a meeting with money I “borrowed.” Something about the intoxication seemed to be the anchor to my soul; nothing else could match it. Addiction is a disease, and I was fully infected.
The Devil's Playground
This machine is the perfect confessor. It need not forgive for it cannot be wronged. It does not confuse its thoughts with God’s. From behind this thickly folded curtain, ceremonial red, the absolution it offers is real, because its intention is pure: Listen. Understand. Counsel.
The Enigmatic Universe: A World of Infinite Potential in Stillness"
Before the era of quantum mechanics, it was widely believed that in the darkest, coldest corners of the cosmos, where there was no light, no motion, and temperatures plummeted to their lowest, absolutely nothing occurred. These desolate regions were typically associated with the immense voids far from our solar system or any star. It seemed logical that in such a vacuum, the energy would be reduced to nil.
The Eternal Now
"Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside." William S. Burroughs If "Man" (non-generative) exists, Man is just an animal.
If I Click On That... I Will Be Punished
The other day, I saw a story pop up on my newsfeed about a controversial film that was recently released. I will not tell you the name of the film, as that might color the way you read this article. Besides, it is not important. The important thing is that I wanted to learn more about it, but I hesitated to press the link. If I pressed that link, my preferences would be changed and I would get hordes of stories of a similar nature.
The Little Coffee Shoppe at the End of the World
It's a one-man job these days. The cafe never closes, but I try to be in the shop nine to five. Seems only proper. You still need a human hand sometimes - a filter gets jammed in the drip machine, the cashier needs an authorization code, a skimmer biffs a handoff and I'll chase it down the street to safely deposit the missing coffee in its basket. Besides, I like our regulars, the ones who still come in with their trusty travel mugs and want a kind greeting to go with their latte.
AI, psychopathy and success
In the popular imagination a psychopath is a cruel and manipulative murderer, one who is cool, unfeeling and calculating in his desire to inflict suffering and pain. Characters like Hannibal the Cannibal spring to mind, or the real life American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Yet not all psychopaths are killers, nor indeed violent offenders of any kind. Which is just as well when it has been estimated that between 1% and 4.5% of the general population qualify as psychopathic (Bing AI search result).
Can You Tell Which Paragraphs Were Written by an AI Chat Bot?
Can you tell the difference between AI-generated text and authentic writing? The following eight passages were either generated by ChatGPT or written by real people. After taking your guess, click the links below to see if you’re correct.
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Living On Mars
Mars is the next great adventure. It is the fourth planet from the sun. Due to the finely-grained iron oxide dust covering the planet giving it a reddish color, it has earned the nickname “The Red Planet”. It is one of the most explored planets in our solar system with NASA making plans to use it to replace Earth one day. It has two moons, Phobos and Deimos. Its thin atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide, argon, nitrogen, oxygen, and very small amounts of water vapor. A year on Mars is 687 Earth days, while each day is 24.6 hours. Here is what we need to do in order to colonize Mars.
Unveiling the Cosmic Spectacle: Understanding Super Nova Explosions and Their Far-reaching Effects
A supernova explosion is one of the most spectacular and cataclysmic events in the cosmos, marking the explosive death throes of a massive star. These cosmic fireworks not only captivate the imagination but also play a crucial role in the evolution of galaxies, dispersing elements essential for life as we know it. In this article, we will delve into the awe-inspiring phenomenon of supernova explosions, exploring their causes, classifications, and the profound effects they have on the universe.
Sherlock Holmes VS Hercule Poirot VS Matlock: GPT Decides!
For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of mysteries. As a child, it started with Scooby-Doo and watching Murder, She Wrote with my Mom (much to my Father's dismay). By the time I was 13, I had read over half of Agatha Christie's library, devoured every detective show I could, and, along with some of my neighborhood friends, even went out trying to find crimes I could solve myself. There's just nothing like a good mystery novel.
The conversation about what happened on that distant sunny afternoon fifteen years ago started casually, as they expressed their contempt for people who believe in the evil eye and other similar nonsense. Like that time their aunt brought them to get cleansed during summer.
Warren came from Rose’s room – as usual he was a far more amiable presence than he had been entering their home. He would usually brush past Peter and make his way towards Rose, as if he were as important as any visiting doctor or nurse. Rose had fallen ill to a degenerative illness eight months ago - an illness which confounded a host of medical professionals. Warren was the supervisor of Rose’s PHD and dutifully visited several times a week with books and papers. He was middle-aged, with thinning black hair, and he had the unfortunate tendency of leaving white secretions in the corners of his mouth. He possessed no natural charm but was supremely intelligent – a man some may have called a polymath. One day many years ago, Rose had committed the grave error of recognising a tract of Proust he had idly thrown out before his students in a lecture hall. Since then, he had taken particular interest in Rose and in her career. While Peter found something odious about the man, he was not entirely resentful of his visits: he was glad that at least one person still acted as though Rose had a future to prepare for.
“Seventeen minutes to final boarding,” The app on my holo-device alerted me. Seventeen minutes. That was how long I had to save Evangeline.
Record #04: Children // Compendium of Humanity's End
Schoolchildren at Tyson Kindergarten got a surprise treat when famous Quantum Ship Captain Marco Chung visited their classroom. Marco is most well known for being the oldest person in existence after having been displaced in time due to his career spent traveling the galaxy.
Electric Dreams Unveiled
AI technology is making waves in the news and seeping into our lives through platforms like Chat GPT, Bard, Midjourney, and others. It is snaking its way into more and more programs we use daily. So, I looked at my TBR List, and one title seemed to cry out, “Read Me!” It was Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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