Elvis is coming to a city not near you in new year

Elvis is coming to a city not near you in new year

I’ve been trying to keep up with all the news on artificial intelligence, and it’s not easy. AI is going to affect all of us in one way or another, and I’d rather not be surprised.

One extremely smart guy, the late astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, warned AI could mark the end of the human race.

“I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself,” Hawking said.

From another quote attributed to Hawking, “It will either be the best thing that’s ever happened to us, or it will be the worst thing. If we’re not careful, it may very well be the last thing.”

Yikes, that’s a lot to think about. So let’s choose to be happy.

Yes, AI is bringing back Elvis Presley. Elvis is alive, sort of, and making the ultimate comeback tour nearly 47 years after he died that sad day on Aug. 16, 1977.

The king of rock ’n’ roll will return later this year as a life-size AI hologram in a show in London in November. Elvis will be live and almost in person. Book your flights now. This show also is planned to play in Las Vegas, Tokyo and Berlin (the one in Germany).

Apparently, by using videos and photos of the real Elvis, the organizers of this new AI Elvis will even be able to make new, never-before-seen shows. That is an incredible use of AI, probably one Hawking could have foreseen.

I never got to see the real Elvis in concert, although I’m old enough to have done that. I’m a big fan of his music, and I’ve enjoyed some wonderful Elvis tribute concerts by a number of impersonators.

These shows will surely capture the music of Elvis, but will they be able to capture the personality that made his shows so unique? I would say probably not. We don’t just fall in love with talent; we fall in love with personality. What is AI Elvis going to talk about on stage with the audience? Current events?

The organizers of this show promise a concert experience that will recreate the seismic impact of seeing Elvis live. I’ll wait for the reviews.

There is even more. The late movie actor James Dean, who died in 1955 at the age of 24, will be featured in an upcoming movie. This whole AI thing could get crazy. Who gets paid for an AI persons appearance? And if you do get a good video of that UFO landing in your backyard, nobody is going to believe you.

Since AI refers to the use of computers to complete tasks once reserved only for the human brain, like writing, some people are worried about how it will affect the job market. I’m not too worried for myself — yet.

A few months ago, I wanted to look up information on an event in the Twin Cities, meaning Uhrichsville and Dennison, so in the search box, I typed in Twin Cities and the name of the event.

The correct information showed up in a link at the top of the page, but then my computer wanted me to know how smart it is and how it can help me. An AI box popped up, and it started writing an article about the event I was researching.

More yikes, could this be the end of my writing journey?

I read the first paragraph of the AI story. Wow, it was well written and accurate. Then I moved onto the second and third paragraphs and what? The AI article had taken information from an event of the same name that was four states away and added the information like it was happening in Tuscarawas County. Maybe my job is safe.

Hawking believed AI will make the world more than anything else in the history of humanity, and the news isn’t all bad.

“Artificial intelligence is not a substitute for human intelligence; it is a tool to amplify human creativity and ingenuity,” Hawking said.

So look out. It’s probably going to be a wild ride, but at least Elvis lives.

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