When I first read about Meg Whitman’s QUIBI, I thought about the scary truth, computers are writing novels. I always kept this in mind since I began work on The Gideon Computer. I wondered if my science fiction novel would be completed by an Author-Bot. I now suspect my muse, and the nine muses, are behind me, and guiding me. They led me to discover Associate Capital and Meg Whitman who just quit her job at Hewett Packard. Did they come up with Super Author? Script writers will be put of work. How about, attorneys. Have the invented Super Shark? All Quibi wants is the BRAND of Top Writers. They can cheery-pick free ideas off the internet, and feed them into their computers. How long have I been……EASY PICKINGS?
Like shooting ducks in a barrel! Here is what Hamsher meant by Public Trust. It has everything to do with tides, the ebb and flow. We are now, in the real ‘Treading Zone’.
My late sister’s favorite movie, was Chinatown. I now know, I know too much!
Computers are writing novels — and getting better at it.
It probably won’t help your “robots are stealing our jobs” fear. And it casts doubt on the idea that creative professions are safer than the administrative or processing professions. (Don’t tell Elon Musk.)
Right now, in a play on a human literary contest, around a hundred people are writing computer programs that will write texts for them, the Verge says. It’s a response to November’s National Novel Writing Month, an annual challenge that gets people to finish a 50,000-word book on a deadline.
The Verge explains the futuristic version was started by developer and artist Darius Kazemi, who encouraged creations made entirely by code. These computerised novels are becoming more sophisticated.
A computer writes “True Love”.
One of the first computer-generated works of fiction was printed in 2008. The St. Petersburg Times reported at the time that “True Love”, published by the Russia’s SPb publishing company, was the work of a computer program and a team of IT specialists. The paper says the 320-page novel is a variation of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”, but worded in the style of a Japanese author called Haruki Murakami. It hit Russian bookstores in the same year. Here is an extract:
“Kitty couldn’t fall asleep for a long time. Her nerves were strained as two tight strings, and even a glass of hot wine, that Vronsky made her drink, did not help her. Lying in bed she kept going over and over that monstrous scene at the meadow.”
Two years ago the BBC noted that Professor Philip Parker at the Insead Business School created software capable of generating more than 200,000 books. They cover topics like the amount of fat in fromage frais; there’s even a Romanian crossword guide. But the research, ultimately, was designed to help the publishing process and looks at the likes of corrections and composition. The books simply compile existing information and create new predictions using formulas. Still, they led to Professor Parker experimenting with software that might one day actually automate fiction.
The question is: will these AI books fool humans?
Alan Turing, currently a hot topic due to the new Benedict Cumberbatch film of his life, asked in 1950, “can machines think?” It’s his test that is the real basis for determining whether AI has reached new bounds — the point where computers might actually take over.