Until a Computer Can Hallucinate

Hi Friends, I’m back from Japan! It was a wonderful trip with fantastic music, a killer venue, creative and funny friends, and mysterious food items with labels in cryptic Japanese that left this vegetarian connoisseur in near total confusion. Needless to say I lost a few pounds on this trip. Starvation Tokyo!

But fun for sure! Check the imagery…

Band pic. the end of the run at the Tokyo Airport. Left to right, Lorraine Weinstein (Billy's media person), Miles Weinstein (Billy's manager), Alicia Olatuja (vocals), Billy Childs (piano), Becca Stevens (vocals), Peter, Donald Barrett (drums), and Ben Sheppard (bass).

Band pose at the end of the run at the Tokyo Airport. Left to right, Lorraine Weinstein (Billy’s media person), Miles Weinstein (Billy’s manager), Alicia Olatuja (vocals), Billy Childs (piano), Becca Stevens (vocals), Peter (guitar), Donald Barrett (drums), and Ben Sheppard (bass).

The view out my window with the Tokyo Tower circled in yellow.

The view out my window with the Tokyo Tower circled in yellow.

The Tokyo Tower up close. One day I got up early and decided to hoof it to the Tokyo Tower from my hotel. It took a couple of hours but it was neat adventure.

The Tokyo Tower up close. One day I got up early and decided to hoof it to the Tokyo Tower from my hotel. It took a couple of hours but it was neat adventure.

Near the tower I came across this magical garden. I like green spots on earth!

Near the tower I came across this magical garden. I like green spots on earth!

On the plane back I came across a great article in Time magazine about artificial intelligence. Scientist are making new discoveries and some predict that within 10 years things on earth might be enhanced with some pretty sophisticated robots. And some of the researchers think quite the opposite, that this level of AI is much further away from being real. I LOVE this one guys angle on it:

“We can’t have artificial intelligence until a computer can hallucinate”.

And why he says this is that computers can work well in many ways that us humans operate but we do this thing when we lay our heads down on the pillow at night where everything goes haywire, we dream, we hallucinate, we go off the grid. And because of this, wild discoveries, new songs (a few of mine were born this way), conflicts resolved, etc. take place and this he says, computers can’t duplicate.

LSD meets the computer OS!

Rock 'n roll, silicon chip!

Rock ‘n roll, silicon chip!

Up for this week, we’re playing a midday concert at Palomar College tomorrow. It’s free and should be loads of fun. Mack on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on the guitar. Maybe see you there!

Trio time at Palomar! photo by Michael Oleta

Trio time at Palomar!
photo by Michael Oleta

Also, tomorrow night (Thursday) I’ll be rounding up the bohemians for a solo guitar moment. Complete with great food and the warmth of downtown Encinitas filtering in. Can’t wait!

PSPlaysSoloPic

There it is, the Tokyo and AI stories complete, onwards and upwards!

best, Peter

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