Books, fiction, novels, writing. All of this might be done, in the future, by a “robot” and it’s been already tested with ‘Game Of Thrones’ and AI. But ordinary human authors can feel safe…for now, we just wonder “for how long time”?
Let’s know better the whole story.
‘A Game Of Thrones’ is the first book of a series of 5 fantasy novels (‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘) by American author George R. R. Martin. First published on August 1, 1996, it became a best seller and an award winning book. The success was so stunning that it inspired the famous TV series ‘Game of Thrones‘ (an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss).
Waiting for the sixth book and the eighth season of the TV series, fans may think how the sequel will be, how the story will continue. But there’s a person, whose name is Zack Thoutt, who decided not to wait so much and asked a neural network he created to write the next chapters.
Thoutt is a full-stack software engineer, a developer and data scientist from Boulder, who loves Artificial Intelligence (AI) and he is a big fan of ‘Game Of Thrones’. Eager to know how the story goes on, he ‘gave’ the five books to his ‘virtual friend’ (for now just a biologically inspired algorithm) and let it write the rest, after reading 5000+ pages of the novels. What he got is a series of five chapters you can read on GitHub.
— Zackarey Thoutt (@zthoutt) 31 luglio 2017
Thoutt just gave the chapters, the name of one character and the amount of words to add to the story. The neural network did the rest, from understanding the English language, to replicating the Martin’s style and ‘predicting the future’.
Sometimes, the system seemed to think like a human fan, with plausible predictions, but if you are an author don’t worry…yet, because the AI is still imperfect and far from a human brain. Just to mention a few, it brought to life dead characters, it introduced new ones with bizarre names such as ‘Greenbeard’ or ‘onion concubine’.
This new technologies may be interesting and with a high potential, but grammar and text creation are something they can’t do very well for now. Over 5,000 pages are not enough for a neural network, Thoutt said. Moreover, Martin (and humans in general -Ed.) can write and create complex words and scenarios, but a neural network would require hundreds of books and a simpler text in order to produce something more accurate.
Hence, any writers and authors can feel safe and stay happy: they won’t lose their job in the next few years (and I hope they never will, me included – Ed.).
Do you like the ‘Game Of Thrones’ novel and TV series? What’s your prediction for the next episodes?