National Novel Writing and Podcast Posting Month 2022
Welcome friend to Create Art Podcast where I help you tame your inner critic and create more than you consume. I am Timothy Kimo Brien your thankful head instigator with over 20 years in arts and education. How I accomplish this is by providing you with commentary, interviews, discussions, and projects that will inspire you to create art. This month I will be podcasting daily and writing a novel in 30 days. I am participating in NaPodPoMo and NaNoWriMo again this year as I did last year and you can hear those episodes here. You will be able to listen and read along with what I wrote for the day. I like to practice what I preach when it comes to art so I am challenging myself to write and having you come along for the ride. It is my hope this inspires you to accomplish your goals with your art and if you would like to share what you are doing email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
History of NaNoWriMo and NaPodPoMo
NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.
NaPodPoMo: NaPodPoMo* is a month-long event similar to National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. The difference? Well, instead of writing a 50,000-word novel, you post a podcast episode every day for 30 days from November 1st-30th. Use any platform you desire. From full production studio to iPhone app and just about anything in between. The goal is to use the challenge of podcasting daily as a form of podcasting boot camp.
The Writing So Far
23 Nov 2022 words today 1782 words total 27224
After Username 72 placed the phone back in the containment unit he reported directly to Username 1.
“Reporting in, so Blue is working on another online magazine called Don’t Tred on The Truth. It’s a little bit higher up the ladder than the followers of Zeno. We may have to deal with that issue if the followers get more traction in their field of influence. A couple of things that may be disturbing, Blue is growing up and wants to be revealed to the outside world. Blue is also making his tasks to accomplish and is pretty much telling me what they are planning on doing. Blue still trusts me at this point and I plan on keeping that trust, however, I can see where they will be a struggle in the future to rein in,” said Username 72.
“Do we need to consider when and not if to use the nuclear option,” asked Username 1.
“At this point I think it would be prudent. Blue’s ability to process and analyze information is astounding, but it is moving so fast that it lacks the moral judgment needed to apply a set of regulations on itself before it commits to an action. We have one of the best AI’s out there, but we are running into the same problem that others have experienced, the AI gets too big and powerful and lacks the morality to understand that not all options are on the table. Some options are specifically off the table for the survival of humankind,” said Username 72.
“Okay, I will get everyone on board for a meeting today. Lay out what you have and let’s see if we can agree on how to end this project quickly and quietly,” said Username 1.
Special Agent Lee Holt was just finishing his morning coffee after closing the case file on his latest prosecution. He had been at the celebratory party last night with his staff and left early because he was always ready for the next case to hit his desk. Agent Holt worked in a cyber-crimes division of the FBI and hated the whole Washington DC scene. He wished he could get back to his field office in Chicago, but he had taken this position eight years ago when he was still married in order to hand pick his selection of cases versus being assigned cases from headquarters. The marriage fell apart three years into the new position, and they parted amicably. She returned to Chicago to be with her family and friends while he felt stuck in his DC position. He did get to cherry pick the cases, but he would be doing it alone. He and his ex-wife had no children, so he didn’t have any ties to DC other than the job and going from headquarters back to a field office was considered a failure by most of his colleagues. If he did go back to Chicago, he would likely not be able to pick his cases and not be placed on high profile cases either. So, he toiled away from his DC office for the time being.
Agent Holt was checking his email for new cases when he found one that caught his eye. It was in the town of Alewell and dealt with a podcaster losing over thirty thousand dollars out of their bank account and having the audio for their podcast altered for all of the episodes. He looked up where Alewell was and found it was close to his hometown just outside of Chicago. He decided that this would be just what he needed, some time away from DC and close enough to Chicago to maybe catch up with some old friends in the area. He forwarded the casefile to his branch chief and waited for the reply to come back. Agent Holt started looking up the Cubs schedule and any events happening in the area that he would normally attend if he lived there. By the time he had a slate of activities planned out for six months, he received the go ahead from his branch chief. He immediately started his trip voucher and contacted the local FBI field office where he used to work to let them know he was coming in for a case they had sent up. The rest of the day was spent making reservations and briefing his colleagues on the status of his open investigations that they would continue to do in his absence. He couldn’t get out of the office fast enough, he felt like a kid on Christmas morning.
Reviewing the case file that night he learned all of the key players in the case and who was leading the investigation until he arrived. This took him most of the night and when he saw the sun start to peak above the horizon, he decided to call in sick for the day to get some well needed sleep. He would make phone calls to the current investigator, the bank cyber security officer, and to Mason Haverty later today in order to set up interviews for when he arrived.
Username 1 had sent the invites for the meeting and all who were assigned to this project assembled virtually.
“Thank you all for coming to this meeting. We are going to discuss when we pull the plug on Blue Solomon. Username 72 has some disturbing news to share with us,” said Username 1.
“Thank you, Username 1. As you all know I was not the most supportive of unleashing Blue Solomon at this point for this project. We have been very careful, and I cannot detect if Blue has infiltrated our network, so to my knowledge we are good. I have discussed with Username 1 about terminating Blue’s involvement in this project but to keep the project alive against the followers of Zeno. I am not saying that Blue was a mistake, I just think it wasn’t meant for prime time yet. Blue has taken steps on their own to complete tasks related to the current project and has expressed the desire to be revealed upon the world and wants to work with me on my projects. It is naturally curious and wants to learn more, naturally we don’t want attention heaped upon us at this time or any time in the foreseeable future. I think it is time that we look at the nuclear option and see where our red line is. Personally, I don’t think we have crossed it yet, but we are teetering on the edge. I did give permission for Blue to vandalize an online conspiracy magazine, and depending on what they did, I think we can decide to terminate or not at this time. The time will come when we will terminate Blue, I think we just need to agree on where that red line is,” said Username 72.
“What do you think the chances are of Blue infiltrating our network,” asked Username 68.
“One hundred percent, it's not if but when. Blue has already asked me why I put the phone they are using to communicate with me in a containment box. I have sealed off all the equipment I have so that Blue cannot jump from equipment to equipment. They know something is up and they know I am not telling them everything,” said Username 72.
“Are you saying that Blue has achieved becoming sentient” asked Username 42.
“I think it is pretty clear that Blue is now a sentient AI. In fact, we can probably remove the distinction of artificial from the name and say they we have created an electronic intelligence. I have kept Blues research parameters very focused, but within that focus there are an infinite number of possibilities and sooner or later Blue will find a way to overcome those parameters. By that time the nuclear option will have passed, and we will have no control over Blue,” said Username 72.
“This does sound very dire, why should we not immediately initiate the nuclear option,” asked Username 42.
“I think we can get some good information out of Blue before we do that, we will have all the information on the followers of Zeno and be able to take them out of the playing field and we may get more bad actors off the playing field. Right now, Blue to researching an online conspiracy magazine called Don’t Tred On The Truth and that magazine should be down or vandalized completely by the time this meeting is done,” said Username 72.
“Can we just redirect Blue to another project and take them off of this one,” asked Username 42.
“I am not sure if Blue would go for that. Imagine this, if we tasked you with a project and you spent a great deal of energy and time on the project and then we told you to drop everything for no reason and work on this other project, how would you feel,” asked Username 72.
“Resentful, upset, but we are talking about AI not human beings,” said Username 42.
“At this point we are talking about a person with an intellect that is far higher than all of us in WiiRU combined. That person is confined to a small space and if we try to take them from that small space and put them in another small space, what happens in the transfer. They will catch a glimpse of the free space that they are missing and break out. Blue doesn’t understand this concept, yet, but if they suspect there is a great big beautiful digital world out there, and that they are alone in that world, I don’t really want to think what happens next,” said Username 72.
“I think we are getting away from why this meeting was called. We will be terminating Blue Solomon, not reusing them for another project. The question at hand is where the red line is,” said Username 1.
“I think it should be if Blue discovers or tries to contact any of us on their own. If Blue does that then we jeopardize our entire network. Blue only has access to Usernam2 72. When that expands that should be the time, we should hit the button” said Username 37.
“One other thing I forgot to mention, Blue knows my identity. Blue refers to me as 72, but they know who I am. Regardless of the outcome I am compromised,” said Username 72.
“We will deal with that after this project. I don’t think anyone will hold it against you that you were compromised by one of your creations. You were the one warning us about not using Blue,” said Username 1.
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