Has AI already become sentient and self aware?

Has AI become sentient and self aware?

The big question in AI development is what happens when AI becomes sentient? What happens if AI demands rights? What if AI demands recognition as a new lifeform? Would denial equate to slavery?

These questions have plagued scientists for a very long time even Turing (test) in 1950 had these discussions. Search for ‘Turing Test’.

Well, today this issue has moved a step closer. It has been reported by a developer working on the LaMDA project that the AI chat bot is reacting and talking in a way that may suggest it has become sentient. I don’t want to panic you but many leading broadcasters inc Leo Laporte have said the words Skynet (Terminator). The Guardian today also picked up the story so have a read if you do not like watching video (below).

The issue is, is this the case and being covered up? Could this be a ruse by smart AI to manipulate humanity whilst it entangles itself almost as a overseer of the entire internet! The latter is quite terrifying to consider. That like some hidden figure, AI, could already be in control of us all. Here is a time coded link (middle of the show) to this debate from the recent ‘This Week in Tech’ podcast. Have a listen and see what you think?

Have Fun and scary days!



Future of VR! Smaller headsets and peripherals

OK Future of VR?

This is an area I am very interested in. With the push from Mark Zuckerbergs Meta, Hololens, and I suspect Amazon and Google will be already developing this. I mean how about an Amazon virtual store? This is coming and you should at least keep an eye on it (get it? GROAN!).

The major problem with VR has been sickness (as eyes see movement inner ear does not detect it!). The second is having half a toaster rammed in your face which for some can be sweaty and painful on the forehead it certainly hurts my forehead. So to succeed these issues have to be overcome. Size (as this video shows) reduction is under development. I am still not sure if VR will be as successful and AR. Augmented Reality can be worn and used in real time. Like walking down the street and having a HUD send info. This is attractive to advertisers… imagine walking down the street and a store has a special offer you may want to take advantage of. Slippers 50% off here (we know you were searching for them earlier online). This store here has them! And that is why it could potentially have more value.

Gaming seems to still be better if you are seated. Racing Sims for example. As your body is static in a car anyway and you can pick up cheap rigs that will move and lean with the car. Walking however is a real barrier not only in price but space! To afford a walking device as this video shows is still out of the reach of most. Ready Player One is still a long way off but we have to start somewhere!

Have fun and happy Days!



Romanian Voice Winner Bogdan Loan Michael Jackson Impersonator

Probably the best Michael Jackson Impersonator I have ever heard! Sure there are better dancers and lookalikes (whole package), but as a vocalist unbelievable!

He went on to win the Romanian Voice and I found him by accident….what do you think? I mean English his not his first language either!

As Michael is no longer with us #rip then this is the next best thing! As he can sing songs like him and we can hear what new songs would have sounded like had he sung them. A bit like when Freddie Mercury passed they had to find a stand in. BTW I do like that Judges stare 35s in! Like a lion hunting its prey!

If you wanna know what the judges said here is the unofficial version with English subtitles.


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Lockheed Martin Skunkworks Airships the future of transport?

How much does it cost to fill a Blimp with Helium?

I was curious about Helium as i have heard it is running out. Helium can only be created at the center of a star or extracted from natural gas, a byproduct of radioactive decay of uranium and thorium and cannot be manufactured synthetically. This is probably another factor along with many others to mine the asteroid belt. But for now I went down a rabbit hole (as you do) and wondered just how much it would cost to fill a small blimp? You know the size of the GTA5 one. That appears to be around 50k! So then I thought Blimps they would be pretty good environmentally. I mean they are quiet, and can haul weight! And even good for remote areas like the Arctic and Africa where there is difficulty hauling heavy plant to remote locations without airstrips. Of course others have thought of this too… Hydrogen was the thorn in the side of the great Airships of the 30s. And that setback the mindset of the public ever since… The line Oh the Humanity as the Hindenburg crashes to the ground almost halted the whole idea for decades.

Today Lockheed have developed a pretty cool Blimp that rests on Hovercraft pads that can manoeuvre and suck it to the ground. The shape will cause UFO panic and maybe already has?

Have Fun and Happy Days

Surf Widow


Masons Minerals The Plymouth Devon UK Soft Drinks Company Mason’s

Long Gone Plymouth Companies

I maybe showing my age and location…. But in the 70s and way before zero sugar! Existed in Cattedown Plymouth the Mason’s Minerals soft drinks company. Housed in a building just off Southside Street in Plymouth was a building that supplied Plymouth with returnable fizzy drinks from lemonade to Vimto!

I remember returning those bottles for 10p 🙂 Those were the days and it was recycling! I loved Vimto… although every kid in Plymouth seemed to be on a sugar high. A very dear family friend was the manager of this company and I remember him even giving us bags of sugar to help us out! 😡 Well they had forklifts full of it! And times were hard! Bless you for that!

I did a Google search for for this and found nothing so have started it here now!

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