10 o’clock list: Bot Prompts We Couldn’t Do

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Image credit: “How Computers Misunderstand the World” The Verge

Last weekend, our writer Tyler Raso put dozens of Thrill headlines into a bot, and then forced the bot, against its and our will, to generate content for us. Every day this week, one article on the site will be one of the prompts the bot generated. These are our stories.

It’s been a weird week here at the Thrill. Always on some cutting edge, this week we’ve decided to delve headfirst into the Future™ that AI and machine learning have for us. One day, I’m assured by professors, targeted ads on Instagram, and Google’s AlphaGo, machines will be so efficient at doing everything, they’ll even be able to think for me! Thank GOD. Just as predicted, they’ve thought of some Thrill ideas for this week, and let me tell you, I sure am nervous.

Here’s a few prompts the bot came up with that we wanted to write, but just couldn’t match the bot’s intelligence:

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I Let Robots Tell Me What to Eat for 3 Days

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Zo, you trickster, you!

 

Look, I’m not gonna beat around the bush. Here at the Thrill we like to do dumb shit in Peirce that would upset our health-conscious parents and is probably contributing to our inevitable descent into heart failure. It’s almost become a rite of passage to debase ourselves in the servery and this week, it’s finally my time to shine. But what could I do that would keep your attention? How do I cater to the ever-shifting eye of Kenyon’s student body?

My answer: I let an AI tell me what to eat. It made me physically ill. It made me sad.

This is my story.

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Blog Off: Barden ’15 vs. Delbridge ’16

It's never ogre with the CDO.

It’s never ogre with the CDO.

We like to stay pretty competitive here at The Thrill, and a Blog Off is one way we can definitively prove that one of us is objectively a better blogger (dare we say, a better person).  So we leave it to you, the reader, to decide in a blind taste test who is really better as we square off on various topics.

This week, Matt Delbridge ’16 and Joe Barden ’15 tackle a much contended topic: the personal sounding emails from the CDO. A little creepy? Maybe. Pleasant, life affirming and effective? Most definitely. Which side will prevail? Only you can decide.  Continue reading

10 o’clock list: Places I Like to Hang Out (That Make Me Feel Weird)

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Kenyon is a very open and welcoming campus, with a plethora of excellent hang-out spots. That said, here is a list of places where I like to hang out, but, for one reason or another, make me feel weird:

  1. Caples Laundry Room. I went down to the Caples laundry room and found it oddly comforting. Like most laundry rooms on campus, the Caples laundry is in the basement and has a cement floor and a lot of exposed pipes. Normally, these aren’t features I would seek out, but the hum of the machines and the general warmth were very nice. Bonus, it reminds me a lot of the freshman lounge at my high school, which was also in a basement and had a lot of exposed pipes. We called it “the Dungeon.” Continue reading