August 2022 Newsletter
September 10, 11am-4:30pm: San Leandro Moon Festival (we'll be there)
San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, CA
September 10: 4th Annual Bay Area Chuseok Festival (we'll be there)
Author Jane Park and illustrator Felicia Hoshino will join us
The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
September 18, 1-3pm: 16th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival/Tết Trung Thu
Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, MN 55102
September 24, 10am-4pm: Silcon Valley Fall Festival
Memorial Park, Cupertino, CA
October 2, 10:30am-4:30pm: 17th Annual Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival (we'll be there)
Author Oliver Chin will join us
Milbrae Library, Milbrae, CA
October 2: Orange County Children's Book Festival
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
October 21-22: Poston Pilgrimage
If you have an event that you would like us to mention and or to participate in, please feel free to let us know.
The Brave New World of Artificial Intelligence and
Its Impact on Truth and the Arts
By Leonard Chan
I recently listening to a radio program (KQED’s Forum, on August 26; DALL•E, Deepfakes and the New Frontier of Online Misinformation) that interviewed a UC Berkeley professor named Hany Farid. It was so alarming that I changed what I had planned to include in this newsletter to tell you about it.
Professor Farid was updating the listeners on the current state of computer artificial intelligence (AI) to create deepfakes – fake images (especially of celebrities and notables) that are so good, people are having a hard time telling if they are real or not.
Prof. Farid states,
“We tend to think of disruption of technology impacting manual labor… but now we’re talking about AI disrupting creative tasks…it’s not just creative, doctors, radiologist, AI systems are getting so good now… I don’t think you can stop this. So it’s a question of how do we come to grips with this massive disruption on the scale of the industrial revolution.”
When I heard that radio program, I began to wondering about the current state of AI being used in other fields such as writing. I recalled hearing about scientist using AI to create music compositions that sounded like it was composed by some famous composers and I seemed to recall hearing about how they were also using AI to write in the style of great writers. What I just read about the advances in AI writing in this one article, 5 Reasons Why AI Is a Threat to Writers, is equally alarming.
In Alberto Romero’s article about AI and writing, he states,
“AI will impact the writing industry, that’s true. But it’ll also impact virtually every other industry. Current reports estimate that around 40–50% of all jobs could be replaced in 15–20 years. The day in which computers can replace many of our jobs is at hand.”
A Barefoot Boy From Hilo
In Postwar Japan
(Part of the Mas Hongo Interview Series)
Since we just marked the 77th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan, we continue with Mas Hongo’s post World War II experience in Japan.
Mas was drafted towards the end of the war and after about five months of basic training in Texas, he was selected to be in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) and was brought to their school at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, for intensive training in Japanese.
When the war ended, Mas’ new language skills were needed more than ever in post war occupied Japan.
Mas traveled in a Victory ship to Yokohama and was initially stationed at the US military base at Fort Zama.
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Mid-Autumn Moon Featival Books
Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Postwar Japan
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