Drop Everything and Read AIGenerated Harry Potter Fan Fiction
Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 Stay on target What do you get when you feed a neural network the titles and plot summaries of more than 100,000 works of Harry Potter fan fiction?Hilarity.Research scientist and Internet goddess Janelle Shane trained her artificial intelligence platform on a handful of the “literally hundreds of thousands” of stories written by Potterheads.With a little help from her friends, Shane’s AI became all of us in the late ’90s and early 2000s: obsessed with Harry Potter.“In a way, everything a recurrent neural network writes is fan fiction,” Shane wrote in a blog post.A typical example of the system at work:“The Perfect Party by iamisaacDraco has been left alone, and Ginny confused must learn and who has his best friend. They were breathed by a love that didn’t become his grounds, and the flowers begin.”This type of romantic pairing (“ships,” in fanfic-speak) is pretty par for the course—as you can see below (original spelling, grammar intact).The neural network united “pretty much every combination of characters,” according to Shane, who tipped some “more unusual combinations”—the snow/Voldemort, the Ministry/Draco Malfoy, Voldemort/random Quidditch child. (Who knew the Dark Lord was such a player?)“The Garden by perverse_idyll for lexigiliteRon and Hermione move after a man party. What did her best things go and has to deal with people she loves? How many imperfect love really belonges them and needs to be a person? Or will they learn and more than the war?”“Mirror Thing by Queen_Elexhan‘Are you there for a relationship? I was a sad future for your love.’ Harry and Ginny find out the meaning is.”“Shatters by Kis [archived by TheHexFiles_archivist]Based on the Spot Are It Falls Into A Heir by NextrangeOnTheThreeDraco and Hermione share a whole indescribbening.”Three of the four authors—iamisaac, perverse_idyll, TheHexFiles_archivist—are real, fairly active writers, Shane revealed, giving a shout out to her AI’s muses.With a few tweaks to the network’s settings, the researcher was able to extract some incredible results, like these stories about Professor Snape “trying to do rather ordinary things”:“New Moon Boys by Dungoonke for Loki_KukakaSeverus Snape comes back to a night’s politics.”“In the Reason Is Blinders by LittleRomaSeverus has been through his lost remote.”“A Second Chance by DarkCorgiSnape had a second thing, and that is better than anything for for the rest of his life.”Read Shane’s full post for more wild and crazy stories (including some bilingual tales). And try not to confuse artificially generated adventures with the real thing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.