About Copying Others

joshgun karimov
2 min readJan 17, 2023

Copying Others
When do you copy others?
When do you realize that you need to stop doing so?
What exactly is being copied?
Do you care about short term or long term profit?
There was a priest in Spain in 16th century. He used to play good chess. So good that he came up with an original opening sequence with white pieces. For 500 years players who play with white use his opening line. It is even named after him. (Ruy Lopez Opening)
He helped many players to start with a bang. The thing is Ruy can help for 5–6 moves. The rest of the game will be played by you.
Copying the greats helps us to start but it does not help us to continue or finish with a blast. Unless you create an exact replica of the piece. (This way people tell you how similar it is to the original.)
When you begin your talk you use the techniques that helped many advanced speakers.
Then there are people like Ruy Lopez. They love experimenting. They love the quest. They love the new things. They love cooking it until it gets well-done.
Sometimes you can copy better than the original. (Look at the case of Meergeren vs Vermeyer in Arts) Even than your ego gets in the way. You want people to know that even thought it is a copy, it is masterfully done. The irony is, it is still a copy.
Then you hear Roland Barthez who claims there is nothing original. We do what is done before us. AI defenders say that it does what good artists do. It benefits from the early artists.
Then you listen to Hans Zimmer soundtrack of Interstellar and learn about the creation story. Is it possible for AI to copy father’s feelings for his son translated into music format?
Is it possible to copy enthusiasm or despair, grief or joy that creative people go through daily?
Can any AI or Chat GPT walk like Van Gogh after the villagers for days and find the perfect time and frame to paint them?
I am just wondering about it.

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joshgun karimov

Author of five crowdfunded books KVAN, UBUNTU, ALAMO13, ONQAKU and LAMARTIN