Although I am officially a Baby Boomer, I identify much more with the post-World War II television generation. Not sure if there is such a gen, but if there isn’t, there should be.
My favorites were TV programs that my wise old grandmother deemed “silly.” In other words, things that “aren’t true and never will be.”
She was watching “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.”
I was watching “The Twilight Zone.”
Her, “Mayberry R.F.D.”
Me, “The Outer Limits.”
Her, “Leave It To Beaver.”
Me, “It’s About Time.”
I have always been fascinated by robots, artificial intelligence, the future, the unknown. Even my favorite cartoon was about the future—“The Jetsons,” a 1962 cartoon depicting a family of the future. What would my wise old grandmother say about all the silly Jetsons’ stuff that has come true? Flying cars, jet packs, robotic help, holograms, 3-D printed food, drones, smart shoes, smart watches, even little Elroy taking a trip to the moon with his Cub Scout pack.
Technology here, today.
It got more exciting for me: “Star Trek,” “Lost In Space,” “The Time Tunnel.”
My fascination with all things silly and not possible shot up last week when it was announced that an artificial intelligence (AI) program had written a Beatles song. Hmmmm. Here it is:
In all fairness, only the music was composed by the AI program. French composer Benoît Carré arranged and produced the song, and wrote the lyrics.
What do I think? Well, I can see “Daddy’s Car” being on “The Beatles Anthology” CDs right alongside “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love.”
“Free As A Bird”
As Sir Paul McCartney said about “The Anthology” CDs, loosely quoted: “There’s a reason we didn’t release this stuff. But if people want to hear it…..” None of the three songs are classic Beatles, of course. Two are early outtakes by John Lennon, post-Beatles breakup. The other one is interesting, but AI still has a way to go. I’m thinking AI might get there, though, perhaps even in my lifetime. After all, Deep Blue plays a better game of chess then do I….
Here I have to give a shout out to a business partner friend,
Joey Thaidigsman, who is a freshman computer science major
at the University of California-Berkeley, wanting to go into
My considered opinion after being a Beatles fan for 51 years? I’m going with “Daddy’s Car.”
And while this post is about AI and The Beatles, I end with my favorite song about AI and the future:
“Yours Truly, 2095” by Electric Light Orchestra, 1981