Meet the Robot Writing ?Friends? Sequels

Sure, a lot of the dialogue Andy Herd’s recurrent neural network comes up with is nonsense. But some of it is magic. “I got a lot of laughs from it myself, so I just thought I’d share some of the good stuff.” Somewhere deep within Andy Herd’s computer exists the funniest Friends episode in the world. He just hasn’t seen it yet. He has, however, been rewarded with random snippets like this:             “Chandler: (in a muffin) (Runs to the girls to cry) Can I get some presents.” That’s part of a script that was automatically generated on Herd’s computer this weekend. He fed every Friends script into a thing called a recurrent neural network—which can learn sequences and begin to process them. “It works by predicting the next letter…


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