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Monday, March 11, 2024
Good morning to you!

The world of artificial intelligence (AI) is closing in on us… and quickly. For those who don’t know, AI is defined as the intelligence of machines or software, as opposed to the intelligence of living beings.

Some of you reading this may be using AI for a number of business and personal purposes now. Others of you may have no idea what it is. Meanwhile, all of us are being subjected to it in ways we don’t even know about.

Reporters, photographers, song writers, authors, videographers, poets, speech writers and content creators of all sorts are concerned, as they should be. I am, too.

We live in a society today where words like real, genuine, organic and natural often require official certification before they can be used on product labels. Other terms including chemical-free, pesticide-free and non-GMO add to the confusion. Maybe a similar, yet simpler, approach could be taken to all AI-generated content. It could be something as straightforward as a disclaimer on all AI-created material that says, “This content was generated through artificial intelligence. Proceed with caution.”

Adding that label may sound silly to some of you, at least until you feel cheated when something you created is used by others without your permission or when your image or likeness is created or used in ways you did not approve. By having the required label, content creators and their copyright attorneys would at least have a better starting point on who to file claims against.

I am generally not the litigious type, but I do believe in giving credit (and compensation) where credit (and compensation) are due.

I realize some of you don’t see the harm in AI. You soon will. Generations prior were told that smoking cigarettes was good for them, and many believed it. In 1966, the United States began requiring health warnings on cigarette packages. Has it made a difference? Maybe. Maybe not. But smokers have clearly been warned, and cigarette manufacturers have been held accountable.

I suggest the same to happen with AI — a clear label on each artificially generated work expressing a strong warning for those who use it to do so at their own risk, as using the content may subject them to copyright infringement.

And, just for fun, the following phrases could be added: NOT real, NOT genuine, NOT organic and NOT natural.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Our warming trend continues today and takes us through Wednesday. Rain chances move in late Wednesday night into early Friday.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local BBQ

1. Smokey D’s BBQ

2. Jethro’s BBQ

3. Whatcha Smokin’ BBQ & Brew

Read all the results now!

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From the March issue of CITYVIEW

Taxi company experiences resurgence

By Colson Thayer

Patrick Stall began driving for Des Moines’ Yellow Cab Company 10 years ago. He joined as an independent contractor to earn some extra cash while finishing his degree. Little did he know his side gig would turn him into a career cab driver working 40 to 50 hours a week behind the wheel.

At 6:30 a.m., Stall arrives at Yellow Cab’s station at 1550 E. Army Post Road. After checking out one of the company’s vehicles, he runs through a pre-trip inspection. He examines the car’s oil, transmission, tires, lights and more to ensure he and his passengers will experience a safe ride. By 6:45 a.m., Stall usually has someone on the southside needing a ride uptown. From there, he lets the map decide where to go. Morning commuters keep him busy until about 8 a.m. There’s a lull from 8-11 a.m., then business picks up again. From then on, he’s busy taking people to and from appointments, home from work, from the airport and completing other miscellaneous rides. By the end of a decent day, Stall completes between 20 and 25 trips and drives more than 250 miles.


Shanghai and Hong Kong consumers are complaining that farmed fish, which have replaced wild caught Japanese fish in China's import war with Japan, taste inferior. Let us know if you can taste a difference. (Newsroom Tokyo)

So far, 830,000 salmon have been found dead after release into the Klamath River by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The agency blames "gas bubble disease" contracted when their fish passed through "old infrastructure" (a dam gate) it seeks to destroy. Fishing enthusiasts and residents say the fish might have been killed by the murky water created by dam removal. Betting odds suggest the CDFW will win regardless of whether they are right or wrong - the PC mood in Cali is that dams are evil and must go. (SF Gate, TNWD)

Specials: Mondays bring catfish specials to Waterfront (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) and chicken fried steak specials, with mashed potatoes, gravy and corn, to Eastside Eddie's (3517 East 26th St., Des Moines). That place is advertising for cooks.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest winners

ABOVE: Iowa Water, Second Place: “Red Boat on Briggs Woods Lake,” by Kent Bailey of Webster City

Keep Iowa Beautiful has announced the winners of the 14th Annual Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest, aimed at raising awareness of Iowa's natural and environmental beauty.  To see all the winning photos, visit Keep Iowa Beautiful.

Send your photos of beautiful sights in Iowa to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.


FROM KCCI: Drake back to NCAAs after topping Indiana State 84-80 in MVC

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tucker DeVries scored 27 points, Darnell Brodie had four of his 17 in the last 67 seconds and Drake defended its Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title for an NCAA berth with an 84-80 win over Indiana State on Sunday despite blowing an 18-point lead in the last 10 minutes.....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Hawkeyes, Caitlin Clark win third straight Big Ten Tournament

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — The Iowa Hawkeyes are the champions of the Big Ten for the third straight year; and for the third straight tournament, as well, Caitlin Clark was named MVP as the Hawkeyes beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in overtime, 94-89, on Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half after their shooters finally warmed up. Clark lead the Hawkeyes with 34 points and 12 assists.. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 3 people wounded in shooting on Franklin Avenue, Des Moines police say

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are on the scene of a "reported shooting incident" Sunday night, the department said on social media.
The shooting occurred in the 500 block of Franklin Avenue. Shell casings were recovered at the scene....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

2011: Fukushima nuclear disaster: On March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan causes massive devastation, and the ensuing tsunami decimates the Tōhoku region of northeastern Honshu. On top of the already-horrific destruction and loss of life, the natural disaster also gives rise to a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The Fukushima disaster is considered the second-worst nuclear disaster in history, forcing the relocation of over 100,000 people.
1965: LBJ calls for equal voting rights: On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all. Using the phrase “we shall overcome,” borrowed from African American leaders struggling for equal rights, Johnson declares that “every American citizen must have an equal right to vote.”
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Bobby McFerrin, Valarie Pettiford, Alex Kingston, Lisa Loeb, Terrence Howard, Miranda Pak, Anthony Davis, Madison Brydges, Jude Demorest; Johnny Knoxville, Jodie Comer, Didier Drogba

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why should you never use the word "veranda" as an expletive? IT'S A PORCH CHOICE OF WORDS! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson. Or, You may be in trouble for not giving a "Veranda" (Miranda) warning! - Carolyn Rogers.

Today's riddle

Which Star Wars character grows the best garden?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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