I want to live in a future where Artificial Intelligences can relieve humans of the drudgery of labour. But I don’t want to live in a future which is built by ripping-off people against their will.
Monday, July 10th, 2023
Saturday, June 3rd, 2023
Friday, May 19th, 2023
But in calling these programs “artificial intelligence” we grant them a claim to authorship that is simply untrue. Each of those tokens used by programs like ChatGPT—the “language” in their “large language model”—represents a tiny, tiny piece of material that someone else created. And those authors are not credited for it, paid for it or asked permission for its use. In a sense, these machine-learning bots are actually the most advanced form of a chop shop: They steal material from creators (that is, they use it without permission), cut that material into parts so small that no one can trace them and then repurpose them to form new products.
Friday, February 19th, 2021
Friday, November 13th, 2020
What you see is the big map of a sea of literature, one where each island represents a single author, and each city represents a book. The map represents a selection of 113 008 authors and 145 162 books.
This is a poetic experiment where we hope you will get lost for a while.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
Join your favorite authors on Zoom where you can have spirited discussions from the privacy of our own quarantined space!
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Three authors pick their favourite book by Philip K Dick:
- Nicola Barker: Puttering About in a Small Land
- Michael Moorcock: Time Out of Joint
- Adam Roberts: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Now that Five Simple Steps has closed down, the individual authors are in charge of distributing their own books. This site links to all of those books.
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
A beautiful PDF literary magazine, designed to be printed out and read away from the computer. I'd still love to see an HTML version.
Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
Authors On Tour — Live!
Okay, so the name of the site sounds a bit like the literature equivalent of Girls Gone Wild but why haven’t I come across this site before?
All of them are licensed under Creative Commons attribution, non- commercial, no derivatives.
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
Aleks pointed me to this sort-of ARG involving authors in London. Could be good fun.