Man teaches computer program to write new episodes of Friends

‘Monica: I hate men! I hate men!’ Photo: ALAMY They say a monkey left to hit a keyboard for an infinite amount of time will write Shakespeare, but when it comes to Friends scripts, a computer can do the job a lot quicker. An artificial intelligence program, when fed with scripts from the entire Friends back catalogue, has produced hilarious, if not entirely up to scratch, new scenes for the show. The network re-creates the back-and-forth conversations between the show’s six lead members, including faithfully adding character traits such as Chandler beginning sentences with “so,” and Joey’s “seriously”, although they probably wouldn’t be accepted by the show’s producers. Andy Herd, a software developer from Dundee and creator of the Pandyland web comic, used a recurrent neural network – a form of…


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