Encounter (again): This Person Does Not Exist

With the flood of AI generated imagery, can we still distinguish what is real and what is “fake”? Is it really fake if it was generated by an algorithm? This website shows a new face every time it is loaded, and that person does not actually exist. It’s using StyleGAN2 and was created in 2019, …

Normal Accident

The term “Normal accident” really caught my attention – how can an accident be normal? Are complex software systems, especially ones with technical debt and many knowledge transfers, destined to have (catastrophic) failures? Find below some quotes from the related Wikipedia articles (emphasis mine) and the reference. —- A system accident (or normal accident) is an “unanticipated interaction …

Book review: Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. My rating: 5 of 5 stars A strange, emotional journey through lifetime of an anti-hero, describing his (and Vonnegut’s) experience of WW2. The experience is further elaborated by the time jumps to different life defining events he is experiencing. Death is inevitable, but horrors of war and meaningless violence are …