Short stories co-authored by AI pass 1st stage of literary award

Short stories that were created using artificial intelligence (AI) passed the initial screening of a literary prize but stopped short of an award, the research team announced March 21 in Tokyo. Four stories generated through AI–although aided by about 80 percent human involvement–were submitted for the Hoshi Shinichi Award last autumn, according to Hitoshi Matsubara, a professor of artificial intelligence at Future University Hakodate. The award’s secretariat does not disclose the results of the initial screening, but “one or more” of the stories passed the first phase of the four-stage screening process, according to Matsubara, who leads the team from Future University, Nagoya University, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and other entities. More than 1,400 works were entered in the competition. As the first step for the team’s stories to…


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