Stories in Futurism that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
“Seventeen minutes to final boarding,” The app on my holo-device alerted me. Seventeen minutes. That was how long I had to save Evangeline.
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.
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Human Creativity
This post was created with the support of OpenAI. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come a long way since its inception, with rapid advancements in machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. As AI technology continues to progress, its influence is permeating various aspects of our lives, including the realm of human creativity. In this blog, we will discuss how advanced AI systems can complement and elevate human creativity across different domains, opening up new possibilities for innovation and artistic expression.
Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 Prophecy Quiz
In 1985 questions about the future touched on many of the issues still in the headlines today, from nuclear weapons to space tourism. In the July 1985 issue Omni put these queries to Arthur C. Clarke, famed science-fiction writer and futurist. We invite you to test your knowledge about Clark's just as Robert Weil and Peter Tyson invited Omni readers in 1985, with the 2023 addition of ChatGPT's answers to the same questons.
This is me and this is my pod. It is a good pod. It’s got everything I need, and I changed its colour the other day so it’s fashionable now. I chose the shades sunflower, daffodil, dandelion, mango, bumblebee, canary, lemon and creamy corn. All of those words I mentioned just now might sound silly and made-up, but they’re actually types of yellow.