Just Because…. A Short Witter About AI….. There’s Always Some Archaeology….or…nearly always….

by Bernie Bell - 08:42 on 25 November 2022

Just Because….

I’ve never seen a Woodcock doing this, and it’s bloody brilliant!  Thanks to Malcolm Gamble for sending it to Orkney Wildlife Facebook page….


Woodcock, Southbank, Stronsay, 23 Nov 22 (photo credit Ross Goodwin).


A Short Witter about AI…..

Having posted this article as the ‘one I made earlier’ to my last blog... https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/06/20/artificial-intelligence/, set me off thinking about AI again…

We recently  went for a cuppa with someone we know who has a Siri…  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siri  in his kitchen. A little, innocuous looking round thing in the corner - lurking – waiting for us to speak the magic words …’Hey Siri’. 

I’d never come across one in real-life – the telly adverts always make me wonder why anyone would let a thing like that into their house.   Siri’s owner – if that’s the right word -  showed us what it can do – playing music on demand – Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ straight away – right there – filling the room.  Can’t complain about that! 

Then ….‘What is the weather doing in Stromness today?’  A human might have answered – stick your head out the door and find out. 

The music idea was appealing but I like to look along the rows of C.D.’s (yes, we still play C.D.’s) and choose what I feel like listening to -  a whole album, the older ones carefully put together in a play-list by the artist. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/07/10/c-d-s/

We got talking about different aspects of Siri – I asked how it is with accents.  I have a Yorkshire accent, and the number of times I have to ‘talk posh’ to get a word recognized on automated telephone do-da’s.  Talking Yorkshire I say ‘Wun’  - the goddam machine makes me turn into someone I’m not and say ‘Wan’. 

I was reminded of the ‘Big Bang Theory’ episode where Raj has a crush on Siri …….how close is it to reality for some folk?  Comedy works best when it’s recognizable – nearly real….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GvItvuujh8

And, the idea that  ‘s/he’ will comply with anything you want…v. questionable…..  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-SVvtxHJGU

Trouble is – Raj can’t talk to women – so he can’t talk to Siri when she ‘comes out of the ‘phone’ - Eh??????????

I didn’t like it – it gave me the creps, Luddite that I am.   Later, I wished that I’d thought to ask …”Siri – how do you feel today?”.  What happens if someone does that?  Does it blow a gasket?  Or does it say ….”I’m fine thank you, how are you?” …..which would be even more creepy.

I couldn’t help feeling that it was….listening.

That might be because ...it is.


There’s Always Some Archaeology….or…nearly always….


Which reminded me of when Mike and I visited North Ronaldsay and, near the lighthouse at the ‘top’ of the island  https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/09/11/bernie-bell-a-visit-to-north-ronaldsay/ , saw planticrus  which remain from the days of the kelp processing industry there….you can see them in Rebecca Marr’s film ‘Tangled: a short social history of seaweed in North Ronaldsay.’….


I just like the shapes of it…


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/06/24/the-birds-of-marwick-head/

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