Thursday, November 17, 2016

My Robot Writer

Robot writers, the next frontier?
An idea, put forth by an American author, is to use artificial intelligence to fill in parts of a story, an email or other document when a writer is searching for the best way to express him or herself. Programs that use neural networks (machines modeled after the brain) or so-called deep learning may be especially useful, Robin Sloan, the author of "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), said here at the Real Future Fair yesterday (Nov. 15). [Super-Intelligent Machines: 7 Robotic Futures]

"It turns out you can train a neural network on a big body of text," Sloan said. "It can be Wikipedia; it can be all the works of Charles Dickens; it could be all of the Internet."

Though these A.I. programs may not be able to craft a masterpiece like "A Tale of Two Cities" just yet, they could get a feel for how certain types of writing sound; "they can use grammar and put words together in interesting and convincing ways — and I think unexpected and beautiful ways," Sloan said.
Wait until they start demanding royalties...

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