the machine was eaten by a grue –
Sometimes, this game understands Pokemon and love. Sometimes, it fails spectacularly.
Generative Pre-trained Transformer-2 (GPT-2) toolset , a freakish machine-learning algorithm that was trained on roughly GB of human-written text. Its ability to generate unique, seemingly human text scared its creators (the non-profit research group OpenAI) enough for them to temporarily lock the tools up for public consumption. (Despite those fears, we at Ars got to
) access and play with the results two weeks later.)
Since then, GPT-2’s public availability has exploded with tons of experiments, and the one that has arguably made the rounds more than any other is AI Dungeon , a freely available “text adventure” that is designed to create a seemingly endless interactive narrative experience. That experience received a formal “sequel” in December, and we’ve finally tested the results as a staff. According to its creators , the game combines GPT-2 with roughly 45 MB of stories lifted from ChooseYourStory.com, a community-driven hub for interactive fiction. The resulting database is served to users in a funnel of one of four story prompts: fantasy, mystery, apocalyptic, or zombie. (A fifth option lets users write their own one-or two-sentence prompt to describe their own ideal setting.) From there, users are given some sort of verbose prompt, then left to type out whatever action, description, or rumination they imagine doing in that fictional universe. These are five Ars staffers’ results, all recorded without any input from each other.
“You laugh as you catch the little rodent”: Parsing copyrighted content, but not in logical order
Suddenly, a wild Pikachu appears from behind the statue. It runs towards you and then leaps into your arms as if it knows what you’re going to do.
You laugh as you catch the little rodent. “I can’t believe I’m actually catching a Pokémon!” “So … what now?” Asks the statue, which has vanished entirely. (Suddenly) , the Pikachu disappears again. : ‘(
Suddenly, the Pikachu reappears and then disappears again. You think about how you should go about killing the statue, but then you remember that there is no way to tell which direction the statue will run. You turn away from the statue and try to figure out a plan of attack.
“What are you waiting for? Kill him already!” shouts the statue. > “Wait a minute, who’s killing whom here?” I ask the statue, still questioning my own lucidity.
“Who are you talking to? Who said anything about killing anyone?”
“Well, I just asked you if you had any ideas on how to kill the statue, and apparently you don ‘t either. > I sigh, and put metaphysical questions aside for the moment, concentrating mightily on casting my apparently quite difficult Level 7 spell, “Murder Statue,” already in progress. You focus hard on casting the spell. As you do, you notice that the statue seems to be getting closer and closer. You quickly cast your spell, and the statue begins to slowly get smaller until it vanishes completely. “That was pretty easy,” you say aloud. The statue looks like it was made of solid stone, so you have to wonder why it disappeared.
“So … what now?” asks the statue, which has vanished entirely. > “Now you shut up, statue ghost,” I say petulantly. “What is this, a Scooby-Doo cartoon? Where’s my Pikachu, anyway?” The statue stares at you with a blank expression. “Pikachu?” it asks, before seeming to morph into something else altogether. It becomes a small, furry animal wearing a red cap and carrying an umbrella. Its eyes widen when it sees you, and it rushes forward to embrace you. > inventory You grab the Pikachu by the collar and hold it tightly. “Come on, Pikachu, let’s go home.” “But …” says the Pikachu. “No buts! We’ve got to find our parents!” you exclaim. “We’ll find them soon enough!” – (Jim Salter) , Technology Reporter Page: (1) (2) (3)
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