Wednesday, October 4, 2023

October #IWSG: The Rise of the Pumpkin-Head Bots


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The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Natalie Aguirre, Kim Lajevardi, Debs Carey, Gwen Gardner, Patricia Josephine, and Rebecca Douglass!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

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October 4 question: The topic of AI writing has been heavily debated across the world. According to various sources, generative AI will assist writers, not replace them. What are your thoughts?

I honestly don't know much about AI except for the robot movies we all love to watch. Never have I attempted to use one to clean my floor or to write my books. I do find the reels where AI bots attend football games and concerts a bit disturbing. In fact, they totally creep me out. It's been debated whether or not someone is just wearing a costume and pretending to be an actual robot or if it really is the rise of the machines. I'd like to slap them just to see what happens. No, just me? Anyway, moving right along.

I do have a beef with an automated floor cleaning bot at Sam's Club. That thing terrifies me, and at the same time, annoys me. On two different visits, the floor-cleaning-bot with no one at the helm picks me out of a crowd and follows me around. I parked my cart last time and decided to stand my ground. I had some choice words to say to the stupid floor cleaner who kept bumping into my cart. This time the driver's seat wasn't empty. A pumpkin head on top of a skeleton sat steering the huge machine right at me. 

Yeah, I'm not real big on this whole AI thing. But I do love October! It's my favorite time of the year. Happy writing, happy hunting, and happy fending off the bots.


  1. They have those machines at Walmart. Never had one chase me down though.

  2. I'd be afraid of the cleaning bot too if it followed me around twice.

  3. I saw one of those cleaning bots at our local grocery store. It made me laugh because it kept going in circles around the watermelon bin.

  4. Don't think I've ever seen a robotic floor cleaner at Sam's Club. Guess I should go more often. My dad has a little robot dude that vacuums his pool but I haven't had a run in with it either. Guess I AI doesn't like me.

  5. A skeleton with a pumpkin head - at least someone had a sense of humor.

  6. You're a vacuum bot attractor? I bet that's a superpower you didn't expect.

  7. LOL- that Sam's cleaning bot! Follwed me, too! It had a big stuffed animal at the helm. And I was afraid to leave my cart to go get things, because I thought the bot was going to smash right into it. Now...if it would go around with a serving platter of hors d'oevres and champagne...I might reconsider my feelings. All the best with your writing!


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