A(lternate) I(deal)

Attribution: AI vs Creativity by Dave Whamond, Canada, PoliticalCartoons.com


45 thoughts on “A(lternate) I(deal)”

  1. Joe Biden Urges “Trustworthy” AI-Generated Audio; Statement Comes A Day After Scarlett Johansson Called Out OpenAI Over Use Of “Her”-Like Voice (msn.com)

    Joe Biden is singling out the need for “safe, secure, trustworthy, and responsible” innovation in the use of AI generated audio, as Congress considers legislation to establish guardrails around the use of a person’s likeness without their consent.

    Biden’s statement, posted to his X/Twitter account, comes as major guilds and artists groups are pushing for passage of the No Fakes Act, designed to curb the use of deepfakes. The president’s statement also comes a day after actress Scarlett Johansson called out OpenAI over the use of a similar voice to hers, even after she declined to give her consent.

    Biden wrote, “Artificial intelligence and the companies that wield its possibilities are going to transform the lives of people around the world – there’s no doubt about that. But first, they must earn our trust. I commit to do everything in my power to promote and demand safe, secure, trustworthy, and responsible innovation – that includes the use of AI-generated audio. I ask that AI companies join me in that commitment.”


    Biden has focused on the need for regulation around AI, having issued a series of executive orders to establish guidelines by the federal government as well as to set up a process for identifying deepfakes.

  2. slightly on the topic, the cold open from last night’s Late Night with Stephen

    After failing to woo their voice of choice, the makers of ChatGPT found someone else who wanted the job.


  3. afterward stephen catches us up on other news

    Trump’s defense team rested after their final witness sparred with the judge, the presumptive GOP nominee posted a campaign ad featuring Nazi terminology, and seafood chain Red Lobster filed for bankruptcy.

  4. For those who live where it does not snow in May, June or July, this article is about a bridge in Colorado that developed some structure problems. Shut down it forced long detours.  Repair, replace or whatever became a high priority in Colorado.  A way to get it partially open is underway, however, the article points out that weather is an issue. High country in Colorado is beautiful, but can be exciting, as the article points out it was snowing a couple days ago.

  5. On Cannon hearing today. The scheme Trump’s Florida girlfriend judge is pursuing is transparent and clever: They file ridiculous motions, she takes them seriously and holds hearings to delay the process and ultimately denies the motions. That way Trump doesn’t have to face a jury, but there’s nothing prosecutors can take to Atlanta to get her thrown off the case.

  6. Trump: “They Were Authorized To Shoot Me”

    So now he is using the boiler plate language in any search warrant authorizing use of deadly force to claim in fundraising emails that Biden was trying to kill him (btw, he wasn’t even there for the search).

    But he is arguing in the current Supreme Court immunity case that presidents should be able to do that without consequences.

  7. Some Texas schools will be letting out forever.  Some?  Many.  This is even happening in nicer areas like Plano.  
    They are sighting budget issues for things like security officers.   Perhaps the NRA should have to pay for the armed guards at schools.  
    ps – Cholesterol or lighting on the golf course. Maybe Orange Adolf’s fan girl/judge should go golfing with him in a rainstorm.  

  8. Last winter I visited my sister, she had taken care of our mother and as a result she had boxes of family stuff. a lot of which she gave to me as I’m the one interested in family history/stories. Including a box of research by uncles on my dad’s side and my mom’s, pus some notes my mom had made from her memory and that of her mother. 
    Several years ago Mrs Jack and I did the dna thing with Ancestry.com so I had an account there. It is basically a social media site for geneology buffs and the curious too. What I have discovered is a lot of interesting stuff along with a lot of errors, some of the errors are very popular.   Ancestry.com relies on 2 things crowd sourcing and an algorithm that spreads the information. From my experience the algorithm will push what is the most popular so that sometimes the error becomes the truth. Also, what is very obvious is few of us take the time to use our brain when processing information. especially when we just note it with a click of the mouse. Case in point. everybody knows that my 3X great grandmother Louisa (whose husband was John H)died in Nov 1876. They know this because there is a tombstone in Ohio that says Louisa wife of JH died on that date. Right next to that tomb stone is another one that says “Infant son of Louisa and JH” who died 3 days before Louisa. All this easily obtained by anyone slightly curious. As is the fact that in 1876 my 3Xgreat grandmother was 52 and her husband John H had been dead for 20 years.  But I have yet to find anybody who has a different date for her death. it is far easier to click and follow the herd.
    It tells me a lot about our problems with social media and the truth. I don’t know of any solution except for people to use their brain and , LOL, good luck with that.
    As far as I can tell she disappeared, probably remarried.  She was in her early thirties with a bunch of children. She did have a rough life, lost her first husband at age 32 and 10 year later lost 3 children in a 6 month period. 24 yr. son 18yr daughter and a 10 yr  daughter. 
    Well, that is what I’m doing for entertainment.

  9. Seeing clips on CNN of Hannity, Bannon, other right wing goons echoing Trump’s bogus claim DOJ was authorized to kill him in that search. Disgusting.

    Enforcing search warrants is one of the most dangerous duties for cops. Every search warrant allows deadly force if needed. There’s a long list of law enforcement officers killed in past decade while serving warrants. Three killed in NC just a couple weeks ago. Twisting this as an effort to kill Trump is below even his pitiful standards, and Hannity, others repeating it is just dangerously irresponsible.

  10. “irresponsible” is an understatement and implies they bear any sense of social responsibility, when in actuality they are trying to collapse our society to rebuild a “reich”; they’re not even bothering to hide it or code their speech

    it is important to draw the distinction because corporate news media is derelict

  11. For someone who benefitted his miserably long life from a generous society, Murdoch is responsible for a huge amout of evil in the world.


  12. Jack – You may try verifying with the LDS website.  My great-aunt researched our family history in the 1970s and 1980s, through letter writing to get church records, war records, the census,  and death certificates.  When the internet became a thing, I checked out the LDS site (it’s not just for Mormon’s) because I had heard they had a huge data base.  Yep, it’s all there and even more.  There’s also a tombstone project that goes to burial grounds and posts pictures. I know what you mean about hinkey information, though.  My grandfather (11 generations back) came from England in the 1640s.  His wife’s name was Mary, but there’s confusion about her maiden name and it’s sometimes listed as Pittman, but that woman was far too old and is married to another relative in England. 

  13. Corporate “news” is complicit.   They’re in on it.  


  14. Playing around in obscure geneology websites trying to track down great-grandparents in the 1600’s, I failed to keep track of time.
    Adventure cat suddenly pops up out of cat nap and has to go outside. Fine, out she goes. I sit down and the Blue Angels have arrived.  Look at clock, 1405.  I don’t see her on the deck railings so she must be out front on the boat top for a good view of the jets through the trees.  What a cat.

  15. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/boeing-whistleblower-death-john-barnett-b2549680.html
    The family of a dead Boeing whistleblower says that they hold the aircraft manufacturer responsible for his death, even if the company had not “pulled the trigger”.

    …medical records and interviews with his family showed he was suffering from “chronic stress” brought on by the lawsuit, as well as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
    Excerpts from the note, shared by Charleston police, showed the former employee’s frustration with the company as well as with the whistleblower protection programme, with one sentence reading: “I pray Boeing pays.”

  16. https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/departing-boeing-ceo-gets-nearly-33-million-2023-total-compensation-2024-04-05/
    “Departing Boeing CEO gets nearly $33 million in 2023 total compensation”
    The adjusted value of Calhoun’s total 2023 compensation is $24.8 million, the company said in a regulatory filing.”
    “Calhoun’s potential retirement payouts were valued at more than $44 million as of year end 2023, the filing showed.”

  17. They’re in on it.  

    Olbermann has it right- MSM is hedging their position so they can continue to operate profitably under a potential trump/fascist reality

    you know, instead of just telling the truth, or at least reporting on it

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  19. Blue / Jack

    Ancestry (the mormon site) also has professional researchers available on line, Plus the physical sites at local temples have volunteers available to help you research microfiche and computer records.  


  20. “Something is rotten in (the state of) Denmark.”
    [This line is spoken by Marcellus in Act I, scene iv (67), as he and Horatio debate whether or not to follow Hamlet and the ghost into the dark night. The line refers both to the idea that the ghost is an ominous omen for Denmark and to the larger theme of the connection between the moral legitimacy of a ruler and the health of the state as a whole. The ghost is a visible symptom of the rottenness of Denmark created by Claudius’s crime.] sparknotes dot com
    Don’t we all hope the electorate  see through the Florida goon’s rotten plans?  Just released is that more and more boxes of stolen secrets were found months later in Trump’s bedroom, after the raid.  Boy, those agents were  ready to take the orange thug out, right?  I wonder how many million morons believe this unmitigated crap?

  21. Maybe the defense is lack a daisy cause they know they have an ace in the hole juror.

  22. We just need to make sure Biden and as many Dems get elected by wide margins so it’s harder to cheat.   Orange Adolf seems to have an Aderall habit, sundowner syndrome, and a syphilitic brain.  Here’s hoping the October surprise is that he has ruffled off his mortal coil.

    It pains me to think that even if Biden wins and democracy survives, the infection that surges through the remnants of the Republican Party will not stop until Project 2025 becomes reality. They may have to amend the name, but the threat doesn’t end with tRUMPsky and his mob family.  

    It also pains me to think that whenever Don Snoreleone finally does take a dirt nap, he will get a state funeral.  If I’m still around, there will be a party.

  23. Anyone who professes they will vote for tRUMPsky after all we know he has planned if he were to be elected is not a patriot, hates democracy, and should give up their American citizenship.   Eff them all! especially SCOTUS! 

  24. https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/22/politics/donald-trump-fundraising-email-what-matters/index.html
    “This email will shock you! But it’s just Trump trying to raise money”

    “They were authorized to shoot me!”
    The preview line in the email did not back down. “I nearly escaped death. Biden’s DOJ was locked and loaded for deadly force at Mar-a-Lago …”

    “How to get people to open fundraising emails”

    “Trump is a master sensationalist, so place the email subject line where he says he’s in physical harm within his oeuvre of over-the-top and untrue allegations.”

    Ah, well of course the whole thing was just a grift.

  25. It’s hot as hell here in Houston and traffic is as heavy as I remember it, maybe worse. Don’t recognize any places, it’s all paved and skyscrapered over. 

    Got to visit the Poppy Bush Presidential Library. They will mark his 100th birthday next month. What a decent and selfless man and a golden age compared to where we are now.

  26. https://thehill.com/video/rudy-giuliani-mocked-for-selling-30-%E2%80%98rudy-coffee%E2%80%99-to-pay-crippling-debts/9718150/

    “Rudy Giuliani mocked for selling $30 ‘Rudy Coffee’ to pay crippling debts”

    And, per Jimmy Kimmel, if you scan the code in the bag of coffee which is supposed to take you to the veterans’ charity where part of the proceeds are to go, it takes you nowhere.  It’s a lie…which seems like something else he could cause him legal trouble.  

  27. NYT: Another Provocative Flag Was Flown at Another Alito Home

    The justice’s beach house displayed an “Appeal to Heaven” flag, a symbol carried on Jan. 6 and associated with a push for a more Christian-minded government.

    Free link–

  28. Ivy – It’s hot and stormy up in DFW.  Poppy Bush and W share a common ancestor with me; the guy who came here in the 1640s, whose wife was named Mary, but not Pittman.  Also sharing that same branch of the tree, Taft.   All Republicans. 

  29. In the long run Nikki Haley is just as much a sorry idiot as Mar Trailer Greene, Boebert and Nancy Mace.  Sickening terrible people. 

  30. Sounds like a non-endorsement endorsement. Haley’s remarks followed a speech in DC.

    Trump “has not been perfect” on policies important to her, she said, but Biden “has been a catastrophe. So I will be voting for Trump”.

    And he’s on his own for her voters: “Trump would be smart to reach out to the millions and of people who voted for me and continue to support me, and not assume that they’re just going to be with him. And I genuinely hope he does that”.

  31. we already knew Nikki was more interested in appearing to have a spine than actually having one

  32. Kind of a mystery why Poppy picked the campus of Texas A&M for his Library. He and Barbara lived in here in Houston as I recall, River Oaks. 

    I almost got run over by a limo one day as I stepped off a Houston street corner. I thought it was him in the back of it.

  33. Blue, be safe in your weather. They are still recouping down here from a few days ago. Our hotel was filled to capacity with power-outage refugees until yesterday. 

  34. I thought there was no mention in the Library of the “black mark” on Poppy Bush’s record but Mr. Ivy says he saw one small picture of him in the corner of one display.

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