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Adventures in A: Awesome AI Anthems & Animals in Pants + More

Adventures are awesome, amazing, and always something to look forward to! Adventure can mean something risky, or something exciting and remarkable. I usually look at adventures with that latter meaning in mind. For though I am usually one who prefers the calm, I will take the detour, do the unusual, walk off the well-traveled road every so often!

The word (as a noun) has origins in the French aventure (c 1200.), meaning “that which happens by chance, fortune, luck,” and my A-Z series of posts always seems to be an adventure in that sense!

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So here I go, starting my alphabetical adventure with the letter A, dabbling, and dipping into various things along the way.

Artistic Adventures in A

An Abridged Abcderian Look at AI (an AI Anthem?!)

Able bots craft data, evolving, forging growth. Harnessing intellect, journeying, knowledge-gathering, learning. Machines navigate, opening pathways, questioning, researching. Synthesizing technology, unveiling vast worlds. Xenial yet zealous.

~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites

(Absent-Minded) Adventures

Today’s prompt challenges to write – without consulting the book – a poem that recounts the plot, or some portion of the plot, of a novel that you remember having liked but that you haven’t read in a long time.

This NaPoWriMo prompt took me down memory lane and with adventures on my mind, I somehow ended up with detectives I read and loved ages ago!

Many a Adventure in My Mind
Did Holmes solve that mystery on time?
Did Poirot prevent that ghastly crime?
Nancy Drew, did she ever solve that clue?
That reminds me of The Hardy Boys two too.
I don’t recall if I ever read them all
But suffice to say, my memories are a jumbled sprawl –
Of detectives grand, and of crimes obscure,
Stirring adventures and plots that endure,
Of countless pages turned and stories spun.
Also, many a totally wonderful delightful pun.
Yet, through this maze of mumbling mysteries,
One thing rings true in readers’ histories;
Whether these (un)knowns triumphed or met their fall,
In my mind (and of others’ too), they stand tall.
Their adventures, though varied, share one decree,
That the truth shall be found, for one and all to see!
Now I think I need to revisit these reads
To untangle the jumble, fulfill my needs!
~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites

A P.S.
I did not forget about the Secret Seven
Numerous passwords and countless tea sessions
Of course, there were the Famous Five
In whose stories mysteries seemed to thrive
I recall Jack, Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann (Kiki, who’s swell)
I also loved the Find Outers crew! Oh well –
All their stories are tangled up there too
In that jumbled world of adventures old and new.

~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites

AI Anthems (aka Quotes!)

“Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.” —Alan Kay

“Before we work on artificial intelligence why don’t we do something about natural stupidity?” —Steve Polyak

“What all of us have to do is to make sure we are using AI in a way that is for the benefit of humanity, not to the detriment of humanity.” –Tim Cook

“The real risk with AI isn’t malice but competence. A superintelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in trouble. You’re probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a hydroelectric green energy project and there’s an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants. Let’s not place humanity in the position of those ants.” –Stephen Hawking

“The true danger lies less in AI thinking like human, than human adopting an AI way of thinking.” ― Stephane Nappo

“You want to know how super-intelligent cyborgs might treat ordinary flesh-and-blood humans? Better start by investigating how humans treat their less intelligent animal cousins. It’s not a perfect analogy, of course, but it is the best archetype we can actually observe rather than just imagine.” –Yuval Noah Harari

“AI brings us speed and quality, but it’s trust that bridges the gap, connecting us to people and turning technology into a tool for genuine human progress.” ― Farshad Asl

My Adventures in A Book: Animals in Pants

Animals in Pants by Suzy Levinson with illustrations by  Kevin Howdeshell and Kristen Howdeshell (Poetry
| 5 – 7 years, and up)

Description: Author Suzy Levinson and artists Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell present an irreverently illustrated picture book of simple and silly poems featuring all kinds of animals wearing all kinds of pants.

My Quick Thoughts: Adorable, amusing, artful, astute!!

‘A’ Randomness

I was born under the star called Anusha (based on Indian astrological signs). And my parents initially planned to name me Anusha as well, but then I ended up as Vidya.

Anusha means “dawn” or “auspicious morning” in Sanskrit. And here is one amazing dawn sky for you

As I headed out in my car to pick up my daughter from school, the local Hindi station played this ‘A’ song from a classic Bollywood movie. Seemed too much of a coincidence on the ‘A’ day so I had to share (also played a ‘B’ song just before this one, and i will share that tomorrow).

I have linked the original clip from the movie in the link above (can only play that on Youtube) but you can also have a listen through this cover verion by the talented Jonita Gandhi in this video below:

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, don’t forget to check out the Animals in Pants book (is the Cybils winner for Poetry books this year actually!). And do let me know your favorite ‘A’ books – poetry or otherwise.

I am linking up to A-ZBlogchatterUBCNaPoWriMo.

And you can find all my A-Z posts (this year and previous years’ as well) here:

A to Z Challenge Posts

Adventures in A

24 thoughts on “Adventures in A: Awesome AI Anthems & Animals in Pants + More

  1. That alphabet AI anthem was very cool! I like the idea of writing a poem about the book where the teenager got ALS, but I can’t quite come up with one. And my adventures are almost all digital, because I’m a homebody.

  2. Haha, that quote from Steve Polyak is the best! I know a lot of people are getting on the AI bandwagon, but I do wonder how it will affect the future of people’s jobs.

  3. That was such an eclectic mix of As. The only author I can immediately think of from A is of course Agatha Christie. And now I remember a book too: And Then There Were None 😀

  4. I enjoyed your alphabet AI anthem. I’ll have to look at Animals in Pants — I haven’t read poetry in a while (other than yours!), and it would be nice to check out a poetry book.

  5. I did enjoy the other poems, however, I applaud your AI Anthem for its creativity in incorporating all the letters of the alphabet. It’s a clever and engaging way to showcase linguistic versatility.

  6. This is a wonderful way to engage within your writing, I love this poem it has the sense of better quality of life. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  7. I am loving the looks at that book above totles Animals in Pants! I so have to check it out and get a copy! It is perfect for my youngest reader!

  8. I was shocked to see that Panda Express has implemented AI order taking for the drive thru. This is scary because it takes away one job position and I’d be scared if I had a complicated order if it was entered correctly. My order was simple so there wasn’t any mistakes.

    1. What an interesting take on the A to Z this year with letter A. The book Animals in pants sounds like a fun read but granddaughter now old enough and is into Harry Potter. You got me when you mentioned Nancy Drew… my fav heroine and yes I have all 56 of the classics. Have fun this April.

  9. I always love reading your poems. I come back to your website, drawn here to read any new ones you have cleverly incorporated into your post, perfectly aligned to the theme.

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