Beatnik

by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne First published in Chronicle Worlds: Crime and Punishment (Future Chronicles 21) “But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit, what I shall soon cease to be – a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others, and intolerable… Read more Beatnik

Ozymandias

by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne First published 2019, in Horizons Beyond (Goodreads link)   It was when the riot began that Jordan noticed that his arms were missing. The other students, of course, never noticed: they screamed, they charged, and when the dust settled, their bodies lay scattered across the ground, knocked down like so many bowling… Read more Ozymandias

Adventures in machine-generated text: short-burst creativity, and why classical CS has it wrong

I’ve been reading Robin Sloan’s video game development diary with much interest. Partly because his joy of creation that shines through – and the world desperately needs more of that in these COVID-19 times. But also partly because he’s using machine learning to generate descriptions of castles for his video game. A bit of background:… Read more Adventures in machine-generated text: short-burst creativity, and why classical CS has it wrong