I Do Believe

Since a ship can be designed to right itself if it capsizes or becomes out of balance, so that it will sit perfectly upright in the water again, this made me think about the possibility of making a post that could write itself.  I would have to input all of the prompt words and create a program for it to search the internet and find appropriate stories and then group them together in a coherent manner.  I dabble around with this every day and although this may seem like an unlikely idea for a computer to do this under the current standards of technology, it is very likely that someday this will become the future of writing.  If a machine writes a post, does that mean the post is writing itself?  The first post that is written this way will seem like magic.

This could be a real opportunity for an ambitious person to instigate a new method that will change the world.  They already have a computerized oven that knows how to cook your food for you just the way you want it.  Computers are great when it comes down to achieving accuracy and they don’t require a cozy spot to get things done.  They have already become useful for reading documents and they have the ability to reason about the task for which they are trained to perform, but they have not reached the point where they have something that resembles general reasoning power yet.  They keep getting better, but they don’t really understand things the way people do.  Stories are out there and they are looking to be told, but a computer is not capable of being able to reel any of them in yet.

Machines lack emotions and although in the Terminator and Matrix movies, they both featured computers that became evil, this is probably not going to happen, as it will be a cold day in hell before a schism emerges between man and computer.  My computer has been acting sickly lately and it is easier for me to get a new one than send mine to the computer hospital.  My old computer has lost its magic.

Since I am writing about computers today, I want to respond to Fandango’s question which asks, “Do you believe in magic? Define magic any way you wish and explain your belief about magic.”  Computers are machines that basically sit around doing nothing all day, that is unless they have code installed inside of them.  I worked with a lot of computers and they need to be told what to do, before they will respond.  People who do not understand code often think that computers are magic, which in a way they are.  Computers influence our lives every day, but they don’t use any mysterious or supernatural forces to do this, so they are not magic, even though a computer is capable of creating an illusion that most people are not able to explain.

Dragons can be viewed as volcanic devils, and since they can breathe fire they are magic, but Puff the magic dragon originally wasn’t magic.  He was developed from a poem and he hung out with a little black kitten named Ink, and a little grey mouse called Blink, a little yellow dog who was sharp as Mustard, but since this dragon was a coward, he was called Custard.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Dabble, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Could, for the Daily Spur prompt – Accuracy, for Fandango’s Provocative Question #39 – believe in magic, for FOWC with Fandango – Instigate, for Melodye Shore September show-and-tell – Cozy Spot, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Volcanic devils, for Ragtag Community – Schism, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Opportunity, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Reel Oven Hospital, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – Reading and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Unlikely.

16 thoughts on “I Do Believe

  1. Teresa (The Haunted Wordsmith), before she left WordPress over that Tygpress mess, used to occasionally construct posts where she would exclusively use the autosuggest words her smartphone would offer, and some of them were pretty good!

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  2. That would be fun to have a computer write a story on it’s own. Probably would come up with something bizarre.
    There is a twitter deal I did for awhile. They take a few of your twitter posts, put them together (like magic?) and create an original poem from them. That was fun to see. 🙂

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  3. I hope that day never comes. Did you see what I posted on one of Hans’ posts today, about the hologram concerts they have developed? Computers may be able to write stories and poems one day and Rock & Roll will never die.

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  4. They do have computers that write music and melodies from scratch…but they are fed the classics and study how they change and so on… on a side note…Puff the Magic Dragon still brings a tear to my eye…I don’t know why.

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    1. Puff mourns when Jackie Paper grows too old to play along the cherry lane, so he sadly slipped into his cave. It reminds me of the Harry Chapin song Cat’s in the Cradle “When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when”.

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