Tag Archives: life

The day I broke the machine

I read an article on The Conversation the other day about a new prototype chatbot called ‘ChatGPT‘, and decided to shoot the breeze with it. It didn’t go well…. Are you alive? No, I am a computer program designed to … Continue reading

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When life began there were no Baily’s beads

This is the last (currently) of some articles I intended as a connected series. If you have the time, you may appreciate visiting the others first (assuming you haven’t already): We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself … Continue reading

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Asking the right questions

Brian Greene explains that we live at a point in space and time that allows us a particular view of the cosmos. Continue reading

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Once upon a dream

Once upon a dream There oncewas justthis little bardwho dreamt ofbeing great. A tale begins. Wordson anemptyslate Advent’rous soul,explorer, heset footuponthe path. The wayunclear;could notsee farsought wisdomfrom a muse. Before too longthe sirens’ song(a call notto refuse)led himastrayandwith no cluesinto … Continue reading

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Tears in rain

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. (Time … Continue reading

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S,E,T,I can’t get no satisfaction

With ‘Just Do It’ as my current motto, I woke up at just gone 3am with a story punchline in my head. So I got up and Just Wrote It. Glad I did — if I’d gone back to sleep … Continue reading

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Is there anybody out there?

A couple of nights ago, as sometimes happens, insomnia had me in its vice-like grip. I nipped outside into the garden for a smoke – yes, not the best thing to do when trying to get the body into a state of … Continue reading

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