evank

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  1. evank

    LEGO AND AI

    It's complicated. One point of view is, it's theft. People profited from other people's work without permission. As someone who creates content for a living, I understand this perspective. (Although my employer is a state university, so everything I create at work is owned by the taxpayers.) Another point of view is, once you put something on a non-firewalled web page, then it's public. Advocates would claim 'fair use'. Still another perspective is, technology advancements stop for nobody, so the world needed to know what generative AI can do, just like animal cloning etc. My prediction is it'll end up like streaming media: programs like Napster showed us the possibilities, and then grown-ups entered the picture and made it legal and respectable. OpenAI (and all the others) will strike licensing deals for training data, and then they'll probably insert advertisements and/or subscriptions so they can pay for the licenses. Otherwise, all the generative AI services will start using synthetic (AI-generated) data, which according to researchers isn't nearly as good as human-created data. We might end up with two-tiered systems. Free services give you ads and/or results based on only synthetic data. Paid services give you the good stuff. By 2034, to quote Springsteen, "Someday we'll look back on this, and it will all seem funny."
  2. evank

    LEGO AND AI

    Who said anything about depending on it heavily? I'm the one who said it's just another tool, like every other technology tool that we already have. LOL!
  3. evank

    LEGO AND AI

    This is the original poster: they just joined June 25, this is their only post, and they're certainly not a young blonde woman named Kerry Ball: https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/profile/207202-kerryball/. Here in our little Lego world, we've been pranked. I don't know if the account owner is a real person or a bot, but clearly it's not legitimate. That being said, the discussion is fascinating!
  4. evank

    LEGO AND AI

    It sounds like you don't know how to disagree without insulting someone. I am not "suckered by" AI. It is a modern tool that's here to stay. People can learn to use it, or lose their jobs to those who will. I choose the former.
  5. evank

    LEGO AND AI

    By saying "those with actual talent do not want or need generative AI," you're insulting me and my team. And by saying that anything created with the help of AI is "a cheap, dubiously-ethical shortcut," you're just being incredibly closed-minded. Word processors didn't destroy writing, CAD didn't destroy drafting, and Photoshop didn't destroy art.
  6. evank

    LEGO AND AI

    Smart and informed reasons: it saves a lot of time, and sometimes it gives us ideas that we hadn't otherwise considered (for example, there was recently news in computer science that AI figured out a better sort algorithm, after decades of people thinking that we humans already knew the best ways and that we were at a roadblock). Investors? I work for a public, non-profit university. It sounds like you have long made up your mind with an arrogant opinion that humans, or at least you, are perfect and that technology can't help. You will be very disappointed when you inevitably hear someone at Lego say in the news, "We love AI, it helps us generate awesome new ideas!" As I said, I'm a professional writer. I have about 25 years of experience. AI is not a "creative dead end". It's opening all kinds of new horizons for my team, and more teams at smart, informed organizations around the world. I would fully expect Lego to be one of them.
  7. evank

    LEGO AND AI

    That may be your opinion but it's not at all how smart organizations in creative fields are operating right now. I live this every day. My team consists of a half-dozen talented, veteran writers. AI tools have become an important arrow in our quiver. They are * just * tools, like spell checkers or Photoshop or calculators. AI won't take your job -- someone who knows how to use AI will take your job. I would bet a large sum that AI is also being tested, if not already part of the daily workflow, among designers at Lego headquarters. They'd be foolish otherwise. Chances are, technical staff there wrote or are currently planning their own GPT, and it's likely trained on their own database of designs.
  8. evank

    LEGO AND AI

    AI can be used by TLG to help design minifigures and even sets. I'm a writer in the marketing and communications office at a university. No, we do not use AI to do our work for us. Yes, we do something use AI to help give us some ideas. It's a tool, just like a calculator or CAD or word processing. Incidentally, there was a builder at some of the larger shows here in the US last year and the year before, who used AI running on a jailbroken Mindstorms device to write haikus by tapping a Lego brick onto a Mac keyboard. (He is @legosaretotallyforadults on Instagram.)
  9. evank

    [MOC] Lego Donkey Kong

    Looks great! I've been looking for inspiration of how to build a simple Donkey Kong, for my Lego arcade machine that I'm starting to build.
  10. Hi everyone, Just wanted to announce that I'm displaying 8-bit Lego Dacta systems at Brickworld Chicago (June) and Brickfair Virginia (August). The focus will be on real hardware: an Apple II, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, and IBM PC, all controlling various Lego machines. For you guys in Europe, the shows in Chicago/Virginia are the two biggest in the US, and definitely worth visiting if you can! Some of you may recall that I previously displayed the life-size Chevy V8 at these shows. My next large model will be a fully playable, 8-bit-controlled Lego Donkey Kong machine.
  11. Wait, I'm way more interested in your four-way interface to use a single 9750 on multiple computers! :) Tell us how you built THAT please. I could use one of those! (I figure it could easily be done by just routing the power wire of four cables into a simple four-way selector switch. But you know waaaaaaay more about electronics than I ever will.) PS. You already have bragging rights, but nobody else entered the contest.
  12. Here's a blooper video. :) https://www.facebook.com/783060741/videos/955264469528726/ PS. I think I said "Thornton". Sorry for botching your name.
  13. A while ago, myself and @Toastie discussed on this forum about how to test Lego 9750 Interface A without a computer. He came up with a method, and I documented it at Brickhacks.com. Now I've made a short video showing how to do it: .... I hope this helps someone!
  14. RCX and Micro/Scout used 8-bit CPUs. NXT had a 32-bit CPU. Was there ever a 16-bit version? I'm just curious.