Storytelling software learns how to tell a good tale
"MY, WHAT a big mouth you have, Grandma," says Little Red Riding Hood, with just a hint of suspicion. The wolf sneezes. "Bless you," says the little girl. Sound odd? That's because this snippet of Little Red Riding Hood was written not by a person but by a piece of software called Xapagy.
Notes that Xapagy is a significant move towards AI being capable of unique storytelling because the tales, though manually fed, are not broken down by specific rules and computer logic. Instead, the software learns more grammar and vocabulary, and each new story remains whole within the memory.
The system, then, is more flexible than previous attempts, and when producing stories, it first matches the closest equivalents from its memory, but fills in grammatical language where there are gaps in weaving a story together. A story such as the one above, is a significant move toward an AI with the ability to invent unique, creative stories.
The breakthrough for AI experts is that the computer generates language similar to human processes, not by following strict rules and algorithms, but more organically. The stories are remembered by the computer just as they are (in Xapi of course), as a whole story beginning to end rather than breaking it down into rigid, mechanical pieces.
When learning new stories, the software actually perceives the intersections with other tales in its memory. When it can find connections, Xapagy uses the previous experience to predict what will occur in the rest of the story. In this way, the computer is adding new material to the story based upon predictions and memories. This is the closest they have come to instilling creativity in AI.
When Xapagy is confronted with missing words, it fills them in with its own language based upon what makes grammatical and contextual sense. Researchers in AI see this as a tremendous advance, and with enough stories in its memory, they believe Xapagy will be able to generate unique stories of its own.
Darin's note: It's difficult to see, at first, the tremendous abilities of this computer because our own language is so complex and Xapagy inferior. However, if you think about AI being in its infant stage, literally, like a human baby learning to tell stories, the science is more profound.
I believe this is the way scientists view AI, as analogous to human evolution and growth. With each small advance they make, they are maturing the artificial brain, just as a baby's brain learns, grows, matures, and creates. With this analogy in mind, the AI baby is growing up really fast.
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Source is NewScientist.com
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