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Hey ChatGPT, can you tell me what this issue is about? With just a few weeks left in the semester, our circuitry is fried, so we’re letting the robots take over. Cue the widespread panic and destruction. Just kidding. How ‘bout some fun content instead? In the last issue of Volume 55, we bring you Alexa, AI fashion tips, and the future of storytelling—and that’s just the tip of the digital iceberg.

The Navigator logo over a circuit board like design, all in shades of blue.

March  2024

Articles

“AI writing a book on a computer.” GENERATED VIA: OpenArt PROMPTS BY: Sophia Wasylinko

The Future of Storytelling

Creative Writing students and professors across departments are grappling with the rise of generative AI. Some people like it, others hate it. The big question is: what does the future hold for flesh-and-blood writers and artists? Sophia Wasylinko dives deep into the world of text and image...
You: hey chat, can you be my fashion fairy godmother? ChatGPT: Of course! Consider me your fashion fairy godmother here to help you with all your styling needs. Just let me know what you're looking for, and I will work my magic to assist you in creating the perfect outfit!

Hey Chat, How Do You Style…?

Have you ever fantasized about having your own personal stylist? Thanks to the latest advancements in AI technology, that dream might be closer (and more affordable) than you think. Ella delves into the realm of AI fashion assistants to see if they can truly be your virtual fashion...
IMAGE VIA: Wikimedia

Exploring Humanity in a Digital World

Maybe you’ve heard the term Digital Humanities before, but you’re not entirely sure what it means. Digital and humanities combined? You might be wondering if it has something to do with cyborgs (it doesn’t). I’m here to make it make sense and to get you excited about the potential of this emerging...
IMAGE VIA: Wikimedia

Exploring Humanity in a Digital World

Maybe you’ve heard the term Digital Humanities before, but you’re not entirely sure what it means. Digital and humanities combined? You might be wondering if it has something to do with cyborgs (it doesn’t). I’m here to make it make sense and to get you excited about the potential of this emerging and evolving field.
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You: hey chat, can you be my fashion fairy godmother? ChatGPT: Of course! Consider me your fashion fairy godmother here to help you with all your styling needs. Just let me know what you're looking for, and I will work my magic to assist you in creating the perfect outfit!

Hey Chat, How Do You Style…?

Have you ever fantasized about having your own personal stylist? Thanks to the latest advancements in AI technology, that dream might be closer (and more affordable) than you think. Ella delves into the realm of AI fashion assistants to see if they can truly be your virtual fashion godmother.
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“AI writing a book on a computer.” GENERATED VIA: OpenArt PROMPTS BY: Sophia Wasylinko

The Future of Storytelling

Creative Writing students and professors across departments are grappling with the rise of generative AI. Some people like it, others hate it. The big question is: what does the future hold for flesh-and-blood writers and artists? Sophia Wasylinko dives deep into the world of text and image generative AI and talks to Creative Writing, Digital Media, and Theatre students and faculty to get a...
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Fiction

Caption: IMAGE VIA: Unsplash

Blue Prints

After the world is ravaged from war, a small group of survivors struggle to stay alive amidst the relentless attacks of the Kombat AI Drones—the KAID. Trained to shield their colony, Ever, Jaxon, Larissa, and Violet pride themselves on being protectors. But a seemingly normal takedown ends with...
Two cogs in the sand.

Persona Non Grata

After all these years, Eliza sees her organic predecessors—renowned as the smartest species to ever walk the planet—reduced to a pack of primitive animals.
Caption: IMAGE VIA: Unsplash

Blue Prints

After the world is ravaged from war, a small group of survivors struggle to stay alive amidst the relentless attacks of the Kombat AI Drones—the KAID. Trained to shield their colony, Ever, Jaxon, Larissa, and Violet pride themselves on being protectors. But a seemingly normal takedown ends with more questions than answers: where—who—do the KAID soldiers come from, and how will the group continue...
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Videos

Giving Voice to AI

Mike explains how a simple AI video project turns into a machine produced AI historical manifesto, and why working with AI isn’t as easy as it seems.

Nanaimo’s Flowering Jewel

Just south of VIU lies Harewood Plains—a small, but mostly intact slice of a Garry Oak meadow ecosystem that is home to some of Canada’s most endangered plant species. Currently, it is under threat from development. Join Nav Videographer Ben as he explores the Plains and the fight for its...

Nanaimo’s Flowering Jewel

Just south of VIU lies Harewood Plains—a small, but mostly intact slice of a Garry Oak meadow ecosystem that is home to some of Canada’s most endangered plant species. Currently, it is under threat from development. Join Nav Videographer Ben as he explores the Plains and the fight for its future.
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Episodes

What is Asexuality, Barbara

Alone on the interview couch, Barbara Burgardt, talks about her experience of Asexuality, and the Aro-Ace spectrum. This episode we’ll discuss the complexities of loving oneself, as well as love for family, friends, and aesthetics.

What is Asexuality, Barbara

Alone on the interview couch, Barbara Burgardt, talks about her experience of Asexuality, and the Aro-Ace spectrum. This episode we’ll discuss the complexities of loving oneself, as well as love for family, friends, and aesthetics.
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March Horoscopes

by Sophia Wasylinko

Aries

The end of semester can feel like an endless cycle of studying and assignment deadlines. Here’s an idea to spice things up: give yourself a challenge to complete. It could be finishing the short story or novel you began last year, going to the pool every week, or learning another language to talk with new international students. The scope or scale doesn’t matter. What matters is that, by the end, you’re left with a sense of accomplishment.

Taurus

You have some bright ideas, new projects you’re excited to start. The only problem is the people you’re hoping to get the green light from are saying “No.” Don’t despair. Be determined—sort out any logistical issues, see if there are compromises that can be made, and keep going until they at least re-evaluate what you’re proposing. In the words of Tintin’s Captain Haddock, “You hit a wall, you push through it.”

Gemini

Take notes, this is very important advice that you’ll get from any student or professor. Is there a career fair, a faculty and student meet-and-greet, or a lecture by your favorite author or researcher? Would any of these events give you the chance to meet someone important in your career field? Note it down on your calendar for later. Use your good humour and charms to make some new friends or connections. They’ll be helpful in the future.

Cancer

This is a time of transition for you. Maybe you need to move out or change degrees. You might feel scared or anxious, unsure what to do even with (or because of) the advice from everyone around you. Think about what will make you happy or what will contribute to your growth. You might lose some of the freedom or stability you have now, but if you know you’ll emerge stronger, the harder decision is the right decision to make.

Leo

You’ve been cooped inside for much of this semester, working on assignments and, if you have them, studying for exams. It’s time for you to emerge from your cave and get some fresh air and energy. Get together with a friend or two and let loose a little. Head off-campus and out of town, whether it’s to hike up Mount Benson or go on a (not-too-crazy) shopping scree in downtown Vancouver. Don’t forget to give yourself breaks; burnout is not worth it.

Virgo

“Thanks, but I’m busy. Thanks, but I don’t think I’m the right person for this. Thanks, but I know someone else who’s interested.” Sound familiar? Whether it’s impostor syndrome, the fear of the unknown, or a childhood deprived of validation, you’re used to selling yourself short and passing up exciting opportunities. We say, do it! This may be the pivotal moment in your career, love, or life journey. Take the plunge—this opportunity might not come again!

Libra

With the lunar eclipse, you might feel more off-balance than you usually are during the semester. Instead of stressing over upcoming exams and assignments, find a creative outlet for that nervous energy. It could be as organized as a 5000-piece puzzle or as messy as finger-painting. Do a few sessions throughout the week, by yourself or with classmates. Hopefully, you come away feeling centered and relaxed and ready to push on until the last day of school.

Scorpio

You’ve been so focused on learning and memorizing information for marks that your mind is exhausted. Set time aside this month for some much-needed mental rest. Take a break from screens, even if it’s just leaving your phone behind to walk around the neighborhood. Try some yoga or sit inside a place of worship. Listen to calming music or ambient sounds instead of scrolling through social media before bed. Whether it’s purely mindfulness or paired with spiritual exercises, your mind will be refreshed, and so will you.

Sagittarius

Confidence and bluntness. Two things that can go together, but not always. We’re not saying you shouldn’t confront a problem head-on, but—depending on the situation and person you’re dealing with—it’s not always the best approach. Diplomacy is an art that gets better with practice. Be tactful and strategic. Try to understand where the other person is coming from. Keeping your temper helps. Honesty is the best policy, but thoughtfulness goes a long way, too.

Capricorn

Your composure is cracking. You’re making decisions based on “I want to get it done now” versus “Now’s the time to do it.” Take your foot off the gas and sit yourself down, pardner. Stop what you’re doing and take deep breaths. Wait until you’re settled down—with tea, a glass of wine, herbal essences—before evaluating what needs to be done. Trust us, you’ll be glad you waited to put your best foot forward rather than rushing in without thinking.

Aquarius

You have an idea. Something original and out-of-the-box. You’ve thought through the pros and cons and believe it will be beneficial for everyone. But you hesitate about bringing it up. What if your arguments fall apart when you discuss it with other people? We say, go for it. Either it stays percolating in your mind with the regrets of not being voiced, or you pitch it and see what happens. Who knows, it could be the start of a wonderful adventure. 

Pisces

We’ve come full circle, Pisces. Now that you’ve allowed yourself to grow emotionally, it’s time to share your progress with others. Consider becoming a Wellness Peer to offer students a chance to chat and unwind. If a classmate seems to be struggling with something, ask if there’s anything you can do to help, even if it’s just sitting down over tea or coffee. It could be your smile and kind words can brighten someone’s day.

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