Welcome to robotfiction.com!
With this passion project, I’m going to attempt to take a swing at the problem of getting computers to generate engaging fiction that people enjoy reading.
(This site was formerly harible.com. For the motivations behind this project, see the About Page.)
My goal with this project is to generate stories that, while not on par with human fiction, will be interesting and engaging enough that humans will enjoy reading them. My intent isn’t to spit out random gibberish that people search for hidden meaning in, or else have a bunch of stock templates where I fill in the blanks. Rather, I want to use real AI to generate characters, locations, personalities, plot lines, and so forth to produce a result that I can’t predict in advance and which will surprise and delight me, and hopefully others.
What’s the current state of the art (as of January 23, 2015)? It’s pretty dismal. That said, I’m fascinated by this problem and its possibilities. Here’s a quick recap with some of the top results of a Google search for “computer generated fiction”:
- Once upon a bot: can we teach computers to write fiction?
- If You Build the Code, Your Computer Will Write the Novel
- Can Computers Write Stories?
- Computers as Authors? Literary Luddites Unite!
- Computers Are Writing Novels: Read A Few Samples Here
- Man or machine – can robots really write novels?
- Can a Computer Write a Novel?
- Patented Book Writing System Creates, Sells Hundreds Of Thousands Of Books On Amazon
This website will record my musings, research and results, be a gathering-place for like-minded people, and will also offer premium content to support my spending time on this. I’ll try to offer up concrete results as frequently as possible.
More in the About Page.
Enjoy, explore and be sure to say Hi!