Hello all. First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who has submitted art to this group and/or allowed me to submit theirs. You are the people who make this group valuable and the reason why people watch/join.
I. Ok. This place needed some upgrades. The biggest problem I saw was that "A.I. Still Photos and Drawings" had lots of robot and android content even though there was a separate folder for that. So I have moved everything that is a mobile AI to either "Androids and Robots - Still Photos and Drawings" or the new folder I just made called "Non Humanoid Robots - Still Photos and Drawings".
So now what you have is logical division of:
1) AI's, who can think like people and maybe manipulate the world some, but who are basically stationary within their realms--- Examples: GlaDOS, VIKI (I, Robot), ARIIA (Eagle Eye), Collosus (The movie "The Forbin Project"), maybe Proteus (Move "Demon Seed"), and likely the HAL 9000 (though you could argue the entire ship is a robot, but I'm inclined not to)
2) Androids and Humanoid Robots Who Can Change their Own Location. Examples would be: Rachel (Blade Runner), the T-1000 ("Terminator" movies), Ash (move "Alien"), C-3PO (Star Wars), Data (Star Trek), and so on...
3) Non-Humanoid Robots. Basically this is every kind of AI not included in the above.
II. Possibly Lost Deviations.
Though I personally have not noticed anything missing, the counts look off, and things look possibly "corrupted"(? -- Like I saw a deviation get thrown back to the end of a group even though just moved over from another folder today)
If this is true, this is 1) a DA bug, 2) possibly encouraged by my rapid maintenace (e.g. working faster than the DA "lag"). and 3) regretable.
There's also not a lot I can do about this. Ideally would have been nice if I had kept a list of all the deviations in the group in case such an event happened. But lets see a show of hands. How many of you who run groups actually do something like that? Like you, I'm a volunteer, and this is not the only project I am working on.
Having said all of that, I am sorry if yours got lost. If yours was lost, please resubmit and say so in the submission what happened please. I will add back your art. If that does not work, send me a Note and we'll troubleshoot the problem...
III. We need stories. If you know someone who writes fiction about intelligent computers or robots, please tell them about this place and that we are hungry for their art. Or send me links to their deviations and I'll do my own assessment.
IV. Looking for a co-founder for this group. No longer trying to give the group away as my getting a DA membership fixed the problem I had been up against when I had wanted to do that; However, this group needs a backup leader incase something bad happens to me. I am looking for someone very much in particular to take this role, but if you are interested, then contact me and let's start hanging out so I can find out who you are.
Thanks everyone for participating in this very important cause/fandom, and I especially want to thank those of you who may have gotten told by someone "don't belong to that group" and yet you did anyway. Only you can know what fandom is best for you, and if you walk away from any good fandom, then you have only yourself to blame. But we're not like that here, and we intend to have a good time.
P.S. Some of our Gallery folders need better names... Right now I'm just going to let the dust settle first.