Janelle Shane, harbinger of the generative apocalypse, presents mutant fruit flies invented by a neural network: "Nothing to worry about."
I knew that fruit flies are a mainstay of research labs, but I had never given them much thought until Prof. Greg Neely emailed me to point out how weird the names of mutant fruit flies are. There's a strain of mutants called "Out Cold" where the fly loses motor coordination below a certain temperature, and another nicknamed "Moonwalker" that walks backwards. Could a neural network learn how to invent new names and mutations?
An unsettling reminder that science fiction isn't a prediction, but the present placed in uncanny focus.
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