Erik Zurcher wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:06 am
Andrew York on Facebook:
... And just as using Garage Band doesn't make you a pop star, an AI compositional assistant cannot substitute for years of study and innate talent, and is a step down the road to membership in the Borg collective.
People will spend hours upon hours of "practicing" Guitar Hero ... but they would never spend those hours seated on a chair working through a gruelling Sor study that just won't bow down to you but will have every ounce of your respect before it shows you the light of day with regards to playing it cleanly, correctly and musically proper.
None of this surprises me. We've never lived in an age where 'instant gratification' was the modus operandi of the generation then present as it is now. There is an unwillingness to wait for things - everything needs to be had or done by yesterday. It's all about "who's the youngest this, or who's the youngest that..." We're getting older faster. I heard an expression not too long ago with regards to older folks, "Seventy is the new forty!" Although this was said in regards to peopel at seventy being as active as they were at forty (really?), I saw something else in that statement. I said to myself, "Well, that's it then - it's official: We're now considered old at forty!"
It used to be that we would write out all our essays for English literature by hand and in ink. We would know whose essay belonged to whom because of their hand-writing. And some had exceptional hand-writing indeed. Now, everyone hands in a paper that looks the same because this "thing" called a computer writes it out for us while our composition/spelling skills go to hell and our hand-wrting deteriorates to the level where it begins to look like some form of chicken scratch straight out of the hen house. If it were not for the name on the cover page, you'd never know whose paper that was. There was a time when a University degree meant something - nowadays it just raises speculation as to whether or not that particular individual cheated their way to graduation?
Are we headed for the Borg collective? Is resistance futile? Will we be assimilated?
Will people be too busy with their damn cell phone, vain selfies, or "the latest greatest app", to even know it's happening?
... but for now, I'm going back to my chair and work on that damn Sor study!