Bards beware: Fiction-writing AI demanding spot at table of content

It was a dark, overcast day, with clouds hovering low. The room was kept at the most appropriate temperatures and humidity, as usual. Yoko sat on a couch in an untidy manner, killing time with a silly game. But she would not talk to me. I’m bored. I could not be bored more . . . So begins a short story titled “A day when a computer writes fiction.” The story, in which boredom prods a computer into writing a novel, was created with the help of artificial intelligence. Since 2013, a team of computer scientists led by Hitoshi Matsubara of Future University Hakodate in Hokkaido has been trying to get AI-based computers to write fiction. Last year, the team entered two works, including the one above, as candidates for…


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