April 11, 2021

Report: “New AI Project Captures Jane Austen’s Thoughts on Social Media” (Simulated Hypothetical Correspondence with Historical Figures)

From The Next Web:

Have you ever wanted to pick the brains of Sir Isaac Newton, Mary Shelley, or Benjamin Franklin? Well now you can (kinda), thanks to a new experiment by magician and novelist Andrew Mayne.

The project — called AI|Writer — uses OpenAI’s new text generator API to create simulated conversations with virtual historical figures. The system first works out the purpose of the message and the intended recipient by searching for patterns in the text. It then uses the API‘s internal knowledge of that person to guess how they would respond in their written voice.

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Mayne is keen to stress that AI|Writer “should not be considered a reliable source nor an accurate reflection of their actual views and opinions” and is merely an experiment to examine interactions with AI. He also plans to open up access to the tool to more people. If you wanna join the waiting list, you can sign up here.

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Direct to Ai.Writer.app Website
Access many examples including:

  • Sir Isaac Newton on Gravity
  • Alfred Hitchcock Comparing Interstellar with 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Benjamin Franklin on Social Media
  • Mary Shelley on Frankenstein
  • H.G. Wells on the Inspiration for the Time Machine
  • Isaac Asimov on Psychohistory
About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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