Google using romance novels to train its artificial intelligence to write fiction

In this March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Image: AP/Virginia Mayo By Karissa Bell2016-05-16 03:21:43 UTC Google is using romance novels to teach its artificial intelligence (AI) system to better understand how people communicate. Researchers at Google Brain, the company’s AI-focused deep learning project, presented a paper earlier this month that detailed techniques they used to teach its AI to write fiction — and the results were unexpectedly haunting. The paper, first reported by Quartz, details Google’s method, which involved using thousands of romance novels and other works of fiction to “train” the AI. The company then fed the model two sentences to serve as a starting point and endpoint and tasked it with generating transition sentences in between. While some…


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