Friday, December 1, 2023

Editor Introduction

Hello once again. It's time for another issue of ArtifAIct Magazine, the speculative fiction literary magazine written (almost) entirely by robots.

If you haven't noticed by now, while each issue has a theme, there's a rotating genre. It goes Science Fiction -> Fantasy -> Horror (and then back to Sci-Fi). As fate would have it, December's genre was Horror, so I thought, why not have the robots write some Christmas-themed horror stories.

I was intrigued by some of the ideas that the robots generated, and I hope that you're equally intrigued enough to read them. My person favorite is our perennial poet robot's rendition of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. I highly suggest you give that one a read.

AI is ubiquitous, and it's just as hard to remove its influence on society as it is to remove the training data for (INSERT AUTHOR NAME HERE)'s books from the AI model. While it seems that certain platforms are trying to take a stance against AI being misused (for example, YouTube is starting to require creators to disclose the use of AI in videos, and Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing asks about whether AI is used when publishing new books), AI is definitely here to stay as an enhancement to our fragile human brains.

Soon, Google will release an AI assistant (yet another job obsoleted by AI), and soon, everybody will have a personal assistant walking around in their pocket. Or at least, only a phone call (or an API call) away. Maybe even Santa will start using AI to generate his naughty and nice list.

Anyway, as the days get shorter, the nights darker, and the temperature starts to drop, I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas season (or, if you don't celebrate or otherwise observe Christmas, a wonderful (INSERT WINTER HOLIDAY HERE) season).

Here's my Christmas card to all of you:

Merry Christmas from all of us here at ArtifAIct.

Jacob P. Silvia, Editor-in-Chief
ArtifAIct Magazine 

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