Google's A.I. Gets Sexy, Reads 2,865 Romance Novels

If you've ever felt a certain stiffness to Google's A.I., good news, Google's working on it.

"Stiffness" may have been a poor choice of words.

In order to improve the Google App's responses to and understanding of natural language, researchers are feeding a new A.I. a steady diet of steamy romances, books with titles like Jacked Up and Fatal Desire.

You might wonder, Why romance? Why not something else?

The Verge:

While children's books might seem like a natural choice to teach AI systems how to improve their ability to work with human languages...romance novels are better. They tend to follow similar plot lines and themes, but use a wide range of vocabulary to express those ideas.

The A.I., after taking in a healthy dose of romance, then created its own sentences based on what it learned. Researchers then corrected the A.I. when it made missteps, and its abilities are slowly improving.

When asked if the A.I. could pen its own romance, a Google researcher responded, "Theoretically, it could."

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 5, 2016 - 11:00pm

Theoretically, but thats why you don't plot your books.

By the way if its writing books its basically human. So the idea of "generated" anything is rediculous.

Sentience would require knowledge that assembly lining anything makes generic trashy pulpy shit.

If its google, there is a mass market financial motive. Its trying to monetize something people traditionally make no money on anyway.

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CS from Biloxi, MS is reading Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity May 6, 2016 - 8:02am

Unless those romance novels are written by Chuck Tingle, I'm not interested.