Japanese team helps AI program pass first round of novel writing contest

Image: Jiangang Wang By Adario Strange2016-03-26 22:38:36 UTC We’ve already seen robots that paint pictures and compose songs, so it only stands to reason that someone would attempt to get one to write a novel. In this case, the exercise was a team effort between humans and an artificial intelligence (A.I.) program in an attempt to win Japan’s Nikkei Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award. No, the human-assisted A.I. didn’t win the prize, but it came close — it passed the contest’s initial screening phase. The human part of the team, led by Hitoshi Matsubara, a professor at Future University Hakodate, came up with the general framing of the story, including plot (the most important part), and the gender of the characters, according to the The Yomiuri Shimbun. Afterwards, the A.I. cobbled…


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