G L A U M A G E
~ HOMAGE TO THE BEAUTY, AND BOUNDLESS ARTISTRY OF ACTRESS & MODEL SUMMER GLAU ~
~ INCLUDING THE SOCIAL & TECHNOLOGICAL RELEVANCE OF HER PLAUSIBLE, QUIETLY POWERFUL PORTRAYAL OF A PHYSICAL HUMANOID AI ~
~ WITH TWO CRITICAL CAREER SUGGESTIONS, FOUR ORIGINAL POEMS, & MORE ~
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punctuated for amateur reading
you do it all
with a spoon
but a presence
in quiet retreat
cameron meets john
first timedead on
the house is moving
one step closer
A professional, or simply proper, reading of a poem is unlike the way prose, or anything else, is read. There is a particular way that poetry is read. If you're unfamiliar with it, you might view some video footage on YouTube. I've added basic punctuation to Summer, the poem featured here, to facilitate proper reading for those other than myself.
About this Site
The initial draft of the above poem Summer was composed on Tuesday, January 08, 2019, and published to the 'Net on that date by me, Vincent Frank De Benedetto, NYC-area writer, philosopher, musician, and more.
This Internet resource, Glaumage.com, as all my web sites, has a dual purpose:
1.) In this case, to recognize and pay homage to the amazing and ravishing actress and model Summer Glau, all the more important given the explicit social and technological relevance of her interesting, effective, and plausible portrayal of a humanoid AI.
All of Ms. Glau's work carries her unique and wonderful signature. But it's her body of performance on The Sarah Connor Chronicles that is clearly her most important, because it carries the strongest social import given the explicit turn toward AI, humanoid AI, even, that our society is presently taking. Given her skillful and nuanced portrayal of an advanced humanoid AI, Summer has given us a window into what may be, what we may want to be, or what we may not want to be in the kind of humanoid being we permit the creation and proliferation of--and whether we want to create such beings, at all.
2.) To promote and promulgate the vision of a new society and, indeed, new way of being, that recognizes and roots in the apparent zoological and anthropological reality, and my own related socio-existential conclusion, that all people are brothers and sisters in one human family, and we must organize ourselves, accordingly, and finally, into the Brotherhood of Man.
My seminal social analysis and corresponding plan of action is sufficiently powerful that it provides both the etiology (a society based on profit and ego), and remedy (recast human society formally toward Love, i.e. build the Brotherhood of Man) for any and every social ill, so I include my analysis, even in brief, at every website of mine treating said ills.
At this site, I begin with approbation, and an appropriate lauditory tone for Ms. Glau, then expand the scope to the thoughtless rise of AI, appropriate given Ms. Glau's skillful contribution to our serious consideration of this question.
I, and perhaps a few others, then, seek to build, finally, the long dreamt-of Brotherhood of Man, after status over the millenia as an unimplemented object of distant and hazy reverence.
Glaumage (pronounced glouw mozh')...not a bad name for a new French perfume, huh?
The pleasures of couture aside, that's not what this website is about. It's about, as explicated below, the skill in representation and mimicry ("acting") possessed by actress and model Summer Glau, and its intersection with, and assist in, the development of our critical understanding of a technology, a singularity-aware AI, with its own skill, alarming in its case, most significantly the ability to effect human speciel obliteration. That is, the destruction or subjugation of the entire human species and race.
I watched Summer look at a series of photos of various animals, and in the space of about ten seconds per photo, perfectly emulate their appearance and facial expressions with her own. Astounding! This ability is likely the same as, or related to, her ability as an actor to portray the mimicry ability of her terminator character; for example, when a high-school grief counselor asks her what a suicidal student said, for example, and the terminator doesn't just state the words said, but actually mimics the student saying them. Summer appears to excel at this.
Between her study of ballet, and then martial arts, in concert with her natural talent in using every part of her body, including and especially her ability in facial expression, this is a woman with a real mastery of her own physicality--and from what she's stated publicly, she loves it.
Ms. Glau's ungodly and hypnotic facial beauty, rockin' body, absolutely superb legs, downright-lewd posterior, general literacy, speaking skill, and more, make her a trophy wife on ten different levels.
I hope that her new husband, quite the lucky man, realizes who he has.
if he really
the diamondnot in the rough
but already polished
Actor as Educator
I know of at least two science fiction actresses likely unaware that the fictional entertainment vehicles with which they are closely associated, possess a generally unexpected and unknown substantive social import. One is Kate Mulgrew; the other, Summer Glau.
Indeed can the right television show powerfully and uniquely improve our human condition in one or more ways, and in those relatively rare cases, association with a television show can comprise an activity of the highest order, moral, pedagogical, or otherwise, for the actor. Star Trek: Voyager is clearly such a show, and thanks in good measure to the acting skill of Summer Glau, and the themes around and about which she is acting, so is Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Voyager is an exemplar of a group of people stopping to help others at every opportunity, usually at inconvenience or injury to themselves, and is thus an excellent fictional representation or example of persons practicing the critical and, indeed, now indispensable Love Ethic, properly understood, in the real world. And Sarah Connor is a window into a powerful and worrying technological future growing ever-near for humankind.
Cameron, Part I
Summer Glau plays Cameron Phillips, apparently the most advanced humanoid biped unit (ie cybernetic organism) created by SkyNet. John Connor, himself, intuits this in asking Cameron what model she is, observing "You seem...different."
Off the screen, the social and economic impulses of a class-ruled society may have facilitated the start and growth of AI technology, and television and film producer Joss Whedan may have written the role of Cameron, a sophisticated and extremely advanced being based largely on this technology, but clearly, actress Summer Glau acting the part defined the role and, in the public mind, the being, and in my view, a template for future such beings.
We've seen the recent worldwide tour of Sophia the Robot, and the new golden age of AI that we're presently experiencing with its near-ubiquitous projections that, starting about now, the presence of AI will forever define the future of humanity.
And we understand that, as described in the article dated April 11, 2017 by Will Knight in MIT Technology Review entitled The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do, how an AI actually thinks and does what it does remains a black box, which means that it's not understood, even by its creators!
Moreover, all of this becomes even more complex and thus more potentially problematic when an additional layer of programming is added to enable the AI to emulate a human being, a female in particular, as all, most, or certainly many AIs created will appear as female.
Thus is there a largely de facto emerging social reality that makes it helpful--and perhaps one day, critical--to have a well-conceived and acted representation of a humanoid AI, and relatedly, a knowledge of the direction in which humanity seems to be moving. And this is precisely what we now have thanks to the work of Jim Cameron, Joss Whedan, and Summer Glau: the Cameron character on paper, thank you James Cameron and Joss Whedon, and the Cameron character brought to life, that is, defined and acted on the screen--thank you Summer Glau!
And Ms. Glau didn't merely act the character, she really brought her to life, that is, acted her compellingly, illustrating, in concert with the writing, all, much, or certainly some, not merely of the general kind of behavior we might expect from such a being, but its--her--nuance, as well. Such insight and pedagogy is a revelation, as it might be a nuance of behavior in a given AI such as uncertainty, arrogance, or insecurity, that makes it decide to injure or even destroy all of humanity. To effect, in other words, a real Judgment Day.
Cameron, Part II
Consider the complex interplay and possible consequent larger social complexity and problematic of the intersecting and sometimes colliding factors of the health and integrity of the human mind, including its slow dissolution with age, stress, alcohol or narcotic use, and other compromising factors, as well as the under-development of the human mind in the first place, because of lack of education, immaturity in age in some cases, poor quality food, or polluted physical environment, even including such phenomenon as the depletion of soils leading to less nutritious produce.
And the factor of narcotic use is especially and increasingly relevant now that the United States, itself, seems inexorably moving toward complete legalization of possession and so-called "recreational" use of the drug marijuana.
Thus implies the problematic of an AI using thought and language accurately and properly, given that there may indeed be no such thing as complete accuracy in thought or use of language by humans, themselves. Ergo, human interaction with AI-driven beings will likely be subject to the same often-vexing imperfection or constraint in behavior and mental function that characterizes our interaction with human beings. The AI-sanguine might prepare themselves as the behavior of loud-mouthed uncle Billy is unavoidably replicated by his future cybernetic equivalent.
Accordingly, having a fictional representation of the nuance and subtlety in behavior of an extremely advanced AI such as Cameron (and indeed all the less advanced AIs along the way to creating a "Cameron"), functioning as either a projection for what such an AI might do, or a template for what we'd like them to do, or not do, is extremely valuable in compelling--forcing--us to begin thinking resolutely and intensively about this issue, or cluster of issues. We are speaking potentially about nothing less than creating and introducing new life into the world, indeed, new sentient life.
Thus we be as Gods in creation...but are we so in consideration?
Indeed will creation and the existence of human-like beings always be problematic, because 1.) the beings upon which they are based are, themselves, problematic, and 2.) it is these same flawed beings who are creating the new beings.
Fans and intimates, alike, of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles know that Summer does a superb job in acting what such nuanced and problematic behavior may well be. This is one reason that I, personally, repeatedly rewatch and indeed study this series. This character as presented by Summer Glau is a general template for what humanity may be creating for itself at this moment, and many years to come if AI development continues, as forecasted.
For this reason alone, fully aside from her spectacular physical beauty, should Summer Glau be lauded and kudos awarded--and hence a key reason for my creation of Glaumage.com, the Internet resource at which you presently reside.
And thus should futurists, AI supporters, critics, prognosticators, and forecasters, as well as simple students of society, technology, or philosophy, study the full body, all episodes, of Summer Glau's performance in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
(c) Copyright 2019 Vincent Frank De Benedetto
punctuated for amateur reading
the other seasons
but for me
how can rhyme
at the sun
of her face
eyes will burn
will we learn
though her truth
through laughter, angst
through every human
Poetry and prose under continuing development.
More on AI at my site NonDigital.Solutions.
Summer Glau Curse
There is none.
Summer Glau is a spectacular actor and model in every respect. As I asserted in my Amazon.com review of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (link pending), this unique and extremely talented young woman is destined for major stardom, or at the very least a consistent, stable, and satisfying career in entertainment (or anything else she elects to put her very bright mind to).
Think about it. There's a reason that Summer keeps getting hired for show after show. She's ravishing, and she's extremely talented, meaning...she's a star!
Here's an article delineating and explicating the utter nonsense that is the so-called Summer Glau curse. And here's one notable bit of praise for Summer among many, from the same web site, referring here to her performances on Firefly:
"Summer Glau stole every scene she was in and she looked fantastic doing it, so I don't see how she could have killed any show. On the contrary, I think her presence on some of these might have kept them around longer."
Since Summer is a huge science fiction fan, even a bit "nerdy" by her own admission, and yet now works within a Hollywood and television framework, she may well be interested in a project I created about a year ago that resides right at the intersection of large-scale science fiction moviemaking, and that other big "M" -- Morality. The project, concerning the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, is here.
This project might be of particular interest to Summer, since it is usually economics that gets great shows cancelled, like FireFly or Terminator. Why make profit from 2 millions viewers (usually in the form of advertising revenues), when we can make even more profit from 5 million viewers? Profit is no longer adequate; now the objective is multiples of profit, so-called "shareholder value" overwhelmingly the only or principal consideration in corporate decisionmaking.
These are the kinds of questions and their answers routinely and indeed obsessively posed by the powers-that-be in Hollywood, and indeed the "ruling class" everywhere in regard to every company or entity in which it has, or could have, a profit interest, that gets great shows cancelled--and put superb and committed actors like Summer Glau out-of-work. As I understand it, it is precisely this question that got Terminator: SCC canceled. So this same dynamic occurring in regard to the Blade Runner sequel may be of great interest to Summer.
Even the writer's strike, which appears to have played a key role in the eventual cancellation of Terminator, is an economic issue. I'm certainly not blaming the writers--I'm blaming an economic system that routinely pits worker against employer, employer against worker, worker against worker, employer against employer, region of a country against another region of the same country, country against country, and if capitalism exists on other worlds with which we eventually make contact, we'll no doubt see intergalactic competition, that is, competition between worlds, as well.
This is what Ms. Glau and, indeed, all workers in every industry must understand: it is often larger economic forces that are responsible for the vicissitudes and trajectory of our careers and lives, not necessarily any particular act or instance of inaction, or even deficiency or limitation on our part, individually. The mythos of the system fills our brain with the notion that our lives rise or fall depending on individual action. This notion, which I generally consider propaganda, is especially prevalent in the United States, expressed in slogans, for example, like "pull yourself up by your bootstraps."
This all describes the economically and morally obsolete system that my work in social science seeks to reveal and replace.
Ms. Glau, an avid Trek fan as I understand it, might also find gratification, or at least interest, in my remarks to JJ Abrams regarding his despoiling of the Star Trek franchise, or at least parts of it. He's also compromised the Star Wars franchise. This egoistic, inept incompetent should not have been allowed anywhere near either franchise.
CRITICAL CAREER SUGGESTIONS
It is clear that Summer Glau is a master actor, or so trajected, especially, although not only, in explicitly physical acting, like fight scenes. Yet also in her clear mastery of facial expression, especially centered around expressive, interesting, and compelling use of her large, beautiful eyes.
I identify Summer Glau not merely as an actor, nor even just a physical actor, but a face actor.
There are numerous examples of this facility throughout her body of Terminator performance, though none likely comparing to her interaction with John Connor in the hallway of the high school where they first meet, after class when he essentially brushes her off. Besides the excellence of her acting in those sequences, it's clear to me that Ms. Glau could teach a master class in flirting.
Another example of the expressive use of her eyes is in Season 2, Episode 11 during her exchange with wheechair-bound library staffer Eric, after just arriving on the second-floor stacks: while he is speaking, Cameron (Summer) is looking around the chamber using her eyes as efficient roving cameras, absorbing or perhaps just noting what is around her.
The third example occurs several times throughout the series, distributed in several different scenes when she and Sarah are presented with persons who are, or appear to Cameron, to be lying: she will deliberately roll or shift her eyes completely in Sarah's direction and hold them for several seconds, in a absolutely delicious, priceless expression of complete incredulity. I recall her doing this one at least one occasion in conversation with John, as well as the criminal dentist Ostrowski.
Accordingly, Summer Glau is the perfect actress, and perhaps the only one, who can revive, at least for herself, temporarily, the cinematic form known as the silent film. If there is any modern-day performer who can create and star in a compelling and successful silent film in the year 2019, it's Summer Glau--clearly a latter-day Charlene Chaplain.
An entertainment vehicle of this kind would be so unusual in the year 2019, her performance so spectacular and beautiful in its expressive physicality, and her own singular and seminal physical beauty as always such a revelation, that the project would likely make her career, or at least comprise a career-and-industry-marking achievement.
(I note above with regard to Summer's singular and seminal physical beauty if the plot of the film permitted display of these.)
Last, if Summer really wants to test her skill in expressive acting, she could do her silent film in timeless, classic black-and-white. I'd recommend color, however, so as not to a priori render and identify the film as too dated.
Summer, you have a preference for science fiction roles. Accordingly, you must resolutely, confidently, and happily traject for nothing less than a starring role--and I mean starring--in a Star Wars or Star Trek major motion picture. You are this strong an actor and unique a talent, and nothing less than this level of work and measure of achievement is appropriate for you as a career objective.
I recommend Wars over Trek since, as a narrative, and cinematic franchise, it is more expansive and appears to possess more philosophical depth. At this point, it just might be more culturally iconic than Trek, as well.
But it must be a film that is NOT helmed by JJ Abrams. Executive-produced by him, perhaps, providing it's done from afar, and he's had little if any hand in the script, ideas, or actual filming of the movie. I wish this brother well, but the Existential Film Court must issue him an immediate and permanent restraining order mandating that he keep at least five miles away from any Star Trek or Star Wars production, as he's already ruined several of them, notably the ST reboot, and that unfortunate piece of B grade moviemaking called The Force Awakens.
JJ is a little man with big glasses and a schoolboy smirk who, in his past life, was likely busing tables, somewhere, a career choice that I recommend he resume as fast as practicable.
Disney--your corporate cafeteria staff is missing a key member, having somehow wandered on-set.
JJ, is this table taken?
You are apparently already hip to this third suggestion, but I will reinforce it: do not limit your career to science fiction, but remain open to roles across genres.
Your depth, range, and singular style permit of nothing less.
Summer: Nothing in the 'Verse Can Stop You!
STAR WARS STAR
does not believe
under big glasses
the rogue one
of that smirking
with your new
a more uniquely
does not exist
search far and wide
if you wish
see for yourself
and the universe
About this Writer
I'm a hybrid: extremely cerebral, highly educated, literate, and articulate, a thinking person, extremely creative, a philosopher, writer, and poet, trying to save the world with my work in social science, I've even conceived a serious platform for a Presidential run, huge sci-fi fan, Star Trek and Star Wars particularly, politically fairly conservative in just about every respect, civilized, gracious, respectful, loving. No drug use; light drinker.
And a July baby.
My latest project intends to stem the fatally misguided movement in America toward legalizing marijuana.
Yet I have long hair, huge rock and metal fan (like just about all forms of music, in fact, including classical), musician (metal guitarist and developing metal vocalist), down-to-earth, funny, with a great personality...and these are just my bad points!
Additionally, caregiving my Father for 14 years and now my Mother, as well as stopping to help a lot of other people along the way, every day, I've been called an "Angel" by more than one person. Indeed, I am as an Angel walking this Earth.
Acquaint yourself further with me and my work (writing, philosophy, social science) and decide for yourself.
Contact Vincent Frank De Benedetto at: OneHumanFamily [at] fastmail [dot] net
Best to Summer, her Dad and Mom, Sisters, Val, and the new additions to the Family!
Summer, beware the Fischer-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper, tied, according to Consumer Reports, to at least 32 infant deaths.
Monitor all recalls of children's products at sites such as this.
Vincent Frank De Benedetto
Love Poem is my book-length poem, presently under development. It is extended, multipart verse around Love, Brotherly Love, specifically. Called Agape [uh gop' ay] in the language of Greek philosophy, my tagline is:
"Love, properly understood, is the most powerful social force available to humankind."
Verses, terminology, & concepts © Copyright 2018 Vincent Frank De Benedetto.
Socrates' admonition to Know Thyself pertains as much to societies as individuals. Philosophy, while critical if a society is to know itself, plan its course, and in some cases save itself, altogether, isn't particularly remunerative--especially if working outside the academy and indeed even outside of a paid employment framework, as I am and, at present, must.
Philosophy, in other words, its foundational status as a social good notwithstanding, doesn't pay the bills.
Ergo, if you value my thought, and ultimately and most importantly my original scholarship and corresponding seminal plan of action to elevate our species once and for all, finally solving "the social question," that is, the issue and indeed problem of a world still generally and overwhelmingly based on profit and ego, leading inevitably and indeed inexorably to such highly problematic errancies as AI, seen by the ruling class as a tool of increased power and profit to be sure...please make a financial donation to my work.
If you are wealthy, donate $1M. If you are affluent, donate $10K. If you are of average income, donate $50, but make it a regular monthly donation.
If you are poor, donate nothing--contact me and I will provide you with some cash. I do it all the time.
Not three days ago I sent a hungry-but-broke young African-American college student in Florida $40. She was begging for money in a chat room. I volunteered $20 until she told me that a "care package" provided by her school for broke young students cost $30. I sent her $40.
Ultimately I sent her a total of $70, and indicated that she could contact me for further financial assistance, if needed.
Other Ways to Assist
I also need Team Members (starting with a Personal Assistant and Web Designer), for the fledgling organization that I'm attempting to build around all of my work, which actually includes not just prose, poetry, and music, but software development, invention ideas, and other products and services.
If you are of means and wish to become my benefactor or patron, providing ongoing substantive financial support so I can do my work in social science properly, please apprise me of your intention or consideration. Acquaint yourself with the full range of my work here, or simply Search my full name exactly as presented and read all of my 30+ web sites that appear.
For those not quite so high-minded, you might also consider providing me assistance of one kind or another not just to save the world, an existential result that I believe can only come about through Love, especially in the particular form in which I conceive it, but also because said success will earn you a lot of money. This is because, given the capitalist nature of our global society, my writing, music, and invention ideas are deliberately packaged with a strong eye toward commercial success.
Philosophy, then, saves you and your society, but in most cases doesn't pay the bills. The product of my work as a philosopher may save humanity--but it doesn't pay my electric bill. And as long as our race exists under a socio-economic platform that still trades in money, without which people literally wither and eventually die, that electric bill must be paid.
(Those interested in a new, unique, and far superior paradigm for social organization are encouraged to acquaint themselves with my work. Jean-Luc Picard, in Star Trek: First Contact, was essentially correct in his brief description of the desirable and necessary economic model of the future:
"The economics of the future are somewhat different, you see, money doesn't exist in the 24th century." ... "The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.")
Accordingly, at a minimum please make a donation of financial support right now, while you're thinking about it. In fact, my most urgent need is for about $20K to save my house and avoid homelessness as my Mother, whom I caregive, and me are presently trajected. About $300,000 would pay the house off, entirely, thus permitting ownership to pass back into our hands.
I'm a knowledge worker, a thought-leader, to be sure, but it's hard to do the mind-intensive work that I do while experiencing the continual nauseating dread of destitution--and caregiving an 88 year old, very ill woman, at the same time.
You can even donate simply because you enjoy reading my writing, as writing!
Below is the PayPal donation button. Please use it immediately, now, while you're thinking about it.
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Here is a bit of perspective on the notion of giving another human being money, especially what is considered a large sum.
~ Summer Lyn Glau ~
Actress and model Summer Glau is a stunning, doll-like creature with a slender but ungodly body, luscious from head-to-toe. Her legs are excellent--the perfect curve of those calves doesn't lie. And who can take their eyes off her posterior: tight, shapely, peerless, always jutting out just enough to attract attention (much like her lower lip).
Her calves are extremely well-shaped: she has a smooth, flowing, single-line from knee to ankle, with zero discernible calve muscle. Generally speaking, no calve muscle equals great legs. Her excellent skin tone and color (evident in other leg photos of Summer), with no blemishes, scars, or tattoos, add to her leg perfection, as do her well-shaped ("enhanced V-formation") thighs. Last, her knees appear almost completely smooth, with minimal protrusion.
San Antonio beauty Summer Glau, of German extraction, is gorgeous, pouty, and leggy, as well as a singular, unique, and compelling acting talent, as partially explicated at this website.
The more of Summer that you know and see, the more you'll fall in love with her. She is a Heartbreaker among heartbreakers.
Summer is not a hottie, she is the Hottie.
Summer: Nothing in the 'Verse Can Stop Her
- GLAUMAGE -