You’ll never believe what neural networks can do now

Clickbait headlines are the lowest form of journalism, but could they be written by a machine? After all, the Associated Press is using one to write complete financial articles, terrible as they are. Developer Lars Eidnes figured that “if this sort of writing truly is formulaic and unoriginal, we should be able to produce it automatically.” Rather than building another Upworthy-style headline generator, however, Eidnes took it up a notch by enlisting a so-called recurrent neural network (RNN). That’s the same type of machine learning used by SwiftKey, for one, on its beta SwiftKey Neural word-prediction app. Eidnes developed algorithms that logically pick words, then trained the system using some “2 million headlines scraped from Buzzfeed, Gawker, Jezebel, Huffington Post and Upworthy.” He dryly noted the titles don’t need to…


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