An idea just for you

I’ve used this blog to basically dump a lot of my thoughts and ideas. A place to share some things that I think I will most likely never get around to doing but concepts and things that I think are worth at least putting out into the open.

Now I’m thinking….what if I just asked YOU for YOUR ideas? What would you tell the world? What would you share with everyone? Why not build a repertoire of ideas to help others be more creative with their own ideas?

I’m not talking about writing out whole stories. I’m talking fair short and simple concepts that maybe no one has ever thought of before? Maybe you might inspire someone to do something they would not have others have done?

Looking for some feedback on this. Let me know your thoughts?

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AI Emotions

What are emotions at their very basic level?

Emotions are basically thoughts which trigger certain effects in our bodies.

Since we can’t monitor our every thought, emotions are a kind of indication of the general directions our thoughts are going.

So, if we have many thoughts that have been designed to trigger certain chemicals to produce certain reactions, then we say we are sad/angry/happy and so on and there is a bodily reaction based on what chemical is triggered (i.e. adrenalin et al).

To do the same in machines, all you have to do is tag each process running and group those tags in a visual representation. Thus you can tell if the machine is happy, ponderous, sad and so on by the tags on the processes running. Based on these tags, you could have the machine perform other actions, just like our bodies reacting to chemicals it produces.

Now, all I need to do is figure out how to classify running processes and add a graph of some sort :)

Writing and tools

This year I plan on doing more serious writing.  I am working on two short stories this one and this one.  I will get those expanded into short stories and get them posted up.  I have been invited to be a guest author on another blog so I think I’ll try my hand at writing short stories there as there is currently no topic limit for us.

To this end, I will try to use some tools to help me organize my stories better.  Typically I’ll just start writing and see where it goes.  This can make for some interesting stories but not really great stories.  The first thing I will use is a Timeline program.  There aren’t a lot of free ones out there but the one linked in the previous sentence is nice, simple and free.  Sure, any spreadsheet could be used but I like to have the basics all setup and I just have to plug in the details.  Hell, that’s what technology is for….taking care of basic needs to free us up for more enlightened pursuits :)

I also use Evernote quite a bit. Stupidly useful and what is awesome is that it just works across all platforms.  I can just as easily use it on my Galaxy Tab 8.9 as I can on any web browser.  If you have windows(and most do) you can install the Evernote program and use it without having to go into a browser.  Although, I tend to find the browser just fine I just haven’t gotten into the habit of using the program on my netbook.  Might be a good thing as I’ll probably be installing Linux on it soon any ways.  What is great is that on my netbook, I can just ‘share’ anything I find directly to Evernote.  With an add-on extension, you can do the same in a web browser as well.

Given that “Short stories range anywhere from 1,500 to 30,000 words; Novellas run from 30,000 to 50,000; Novels range from 55,000 to 300,000 words.”, my Harmony story already has about 1500 words, so I’ll see how I can work that but I suspect I still won’t hit past 30K of words.

So, wish me luck!