[FRIAM] AI possibilities

Steve Smith sasmyth at swcp.com
Fri Apr 7 15:51:43 EDT 2023

On 4/7/23 1:01 PM, Stephen Guerin wrote:
> Your human response (as in call and response) to the machine brought 
> to mind this letter written on this day in history dealing with 
> similar themes.
> April 7, 1901
> Honorable Governor Miguel Antonio Otero II,
> Office of the Governor,
> New Mexico Territory
> Dear Governor Otero,
... more below ...

I see Strangelove has been lampooning us again 

I expect to see a mashup of a Theramin and the Player Piano next?


amazing rendition of "somewhere over the rainbow" btw! 

maybe some bullet-dancing 
<https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BulletDancing> just to 
juxtapose the lunacy of gun-culture V music?

> April 7, 1901
> Honorable Governor Miguel Antonio Otero II,
> Office of the Governor,
> New Mexico Territory
> Dear Governor Otero,
> I trust this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. My name 
> is Charles Fletcher Lummis, and you might know me from my time as 
> editor of the Los Angeles Times. I write to you today from New Mexico, 
> where I have been recuperating from paralysis and rediscovering the 
> beauty of this enchanting land.
> Just the other day, I found myself in a dusty saloon, seeking respite 
> from the heat of the day. As I sat there, a copy of The New York Sun 
> in hand, I was captivated by the story of the legendary John Henry. 
> The sound of a cowboy pianist, with a virtuosity rivaling anything I 
> had heard in the hallowed halls of Cambridge, filled the room as I 
> read about the struggle between man and machine.
> In that very same saloon, the night before, I had witnessed the stark 
> contrast between human artistry and mechanical efficiency: a player 
> piano, cranking out tunes devoid of the emotional resonance that 
> imbued the cowboy pianist's performance. This juxtaposition brought to 
> light the dangers of such technology, threatening to displace the true 
> artists who breathe life into music.
> As someone who has dedicated his life to the preservation of culture 
> and authentic expression, I am deeply concerned by the implications of 
> these mechanical devices. Player pianos may bring music to the masses, 
> but they do so at the expense of the human touch that makes music 
> truly resonate. I fear that if we allow these contraptions to take 
> root, we risk losing the essence of creativity that defines our art.
> Furthermore, as a journalist, I can't help but contemplate the wider 
> ramifications of mechanization. Today, it is the player piano that 
> threatens to replace the skilled musician; tomorrow, it could be an 
> artificial device that churns out fabricated news stories, 
> indistinguishable from the truth. If we do not take a stand against 
> this encroachment now, we may be complicit in eroding the very 
> foundations of truth, creativity, and human expression that have long 
> been pillars of our society.
> I implore you, Governor Otero, to consider the potential consequences 
> of this new technology and take action to preserve the sanctity of 
> human creativity in all its forms. Let us not allow the tale of John 
> Henry to be a harbinger of a world devoid of the beauty that springs 
> from the human spirit.
> In closing, I beseech you to use your esteemed position to foster a 
> culture that values and supports the development of human talent in 
> music, journalism, and beyond. By doing so, we can ensure that our 
> society remains vibrant and alive for generations to come.
> Yours sincerely,
> Charles Fletcher Lummis
> Former Editor, Los Angeles Times
> Advocate for Cultural Preservation
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