AI has the potential to tell stories in ways that humans never could. AI is able to analyze data from many different sources and find connections between them. It can take information about a person’s age, gender, location, and interests and tailor content for them. This means that it can create personalized narratives with diverse characters who live in places you might be interested in visiting or explore topics you’re curious about but don’t know much about yet.
A recent article by The New Yorker discusses how artificial intelligence could change the way we tell stories. Writer Ken Auletta says that AI is already creating its own narratives, and they are so good at it that some of them might even be better than human-generated content. He points to an example from a company called Automated Insights where a machine was able to write fantasy baseball game recaps in English better than any human ever could.
This is just one example of how this technology can be used for storytelling purposes, but there are many more possibilities when you consider all the different types of creative writing projects out there. There’s no telling what the future will hold as far as AI and storytelling goes, but this should definitely give everyone something exciting.
What do I mean by this?
Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly intertwined with modern storytelling. As AI-driven media content becomes more and more prevalent, how will it change the way we create stories?
Netflix has just debuted its first original production from a brand new division, Netflix Theaters. It’s called “Cupcake & Dino – General Services” and it’s a short series (a little over 20 minutes) that follows the adventures of two office workers in a futuristic world as they go to work daily and deal with all manner of mundane workplace scenarios. The show is very simple, and the animation is quite charming. If you’re a children’s book fan, it brings to mind Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein in its off-beat approach to storytelling – albeit with more of a cynical edge than either author would ever dream of seeing on screen.
The show doesn’t star actual actors or have a plot that’s been scripted by any Hollywood screenwriters. However, it is remarkably well-written, with clever dialogue and lots of charming humor in its writing (especially the monologues from the main character Dino). The first episode ends with an epic battle between two armed “employees” coming to blows over whether or not a certain food item should be labeled “vegetarian.” The second episode begins with the police officer who was investigating the scene of the fight being reprimanded by his superior (who happens to be a cat) for having been late on duty. The writing and characterization in this show are surprisingly strong, combining cute characters with funny dialogue and witty banter.
This is not a show that would have been possible just ten years ago without the aid of artificial intelligence technology. The entire series was created with the help of IBM’s Watson, which was fed hundreds of thousands of documents (the scripts for Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein books, to start) and given access to several other branches of pop culture from the past few decades (including Pixar films). It took nearly 24 hours to write the first episode of “Cupcake & Dino.” In that time, the Watson AI was able to create a finished script for an entire episode on its own – without any human input.
The process for creating this show is, in and of itself, fairly unique. Watson is able to take the words and concepts that it reads from other material and incorporate them into a new script in order to make something wholly original (even if what it’s creating isn’t strictly “new”). When computers are capable of writing on their own like this, they will likely be able to produce content that can be produced with traditional methods (the way that Netflix’s CG feature films “Cars 3” and “Rivals” were put together; relying on human writers to start, but using computer-generated scripts as well), or they will be able to create their own entirely new content that can’t really exist without the aid of artificial intelligence.
The Future of Storytelling with AI
I believe we’re going to see a great advancement in storytelling with the development of AI technologies. This is because the act of telling stories and understanding narratives is something that machines can excel at.
In short, I think it’s time for machine-written books to be taken seriously – especially as far as children’s literature goes.
AI Is (already) good at telling stories AI understands language on a deeper level than humans It can generate new ideas for stories, and is good at writing from different perspectives.
It’s growing in popularity, and will likely soon become an asset to content creators.
So why on earth would anybody be excited about AI storytelling?
Because if you’re someone who writes for a living – and who gets paid to do so – then AI can be used to help you make more money, as well as produce better content.
Or maybe it’s not a question of “excited about”; maybe I should frame this post as:
“Here are the 3 reasons why every content creator should consider the benefits of AI assistance in their next big project”.
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OK, let’s get started…
#1: “Write faster and smarter”
Do you have an upcoming deadline?
Do you ever find yourself working late into the night?
Does your writing ever feel like hard work, as if somebody else is forcing you to pen your next big hit?
If this sounds familiar, it’s because every writer faces these issues.
In part, that’s because writing well takes a lot of time and effort… but it’s also because the human brain isn’t really optimized for this kind of work.
It turns out that writing is something machines are much better at handling than we are. According to researchers, computers can write original stories on par with the best human authors.
On top of that, they can churn out thousands of books per month without any significant drop-off in quality.
This is because deep learning enables AI to understand language on a level that’s difficult for humans to comprehend. It can also grasp human psychology and emotions, even if it doesn’t have much real-world experience – making the task of writing realistic characters and plotlines relatively straightforward.
The implications of this are quite astounding: AI can produce a vast amount of written content in a short space of time. It’s also more reliable, and it doesn’t require sleep or downtime.
In other words, AI-assisted authorship means you can write faster and smarter than ever before – maximizing your potential to create profitable content no matter how busy you are!
#2: “Earn more money per hour”
Do you supplement your income with freelance writing?
Have you ever considered working on a machine-written project, but hesitated because of the low payouts?
In truth, human writers currently earn less than they deserve for their content. With AI’s help, however, this is likely to change.
It’s true that AI doesn’t just churn out content for free (yet). Content creators also need to pay for the software and services, but considering how fast it works, writers can work faster and smarter than ever – potentially increasing their earnings by a factor of 4x or 5x!
Furthermore, AI is available to an unlimited number of talentless hacks who will compete with you in the same markets, which means that your profits are under threat because of competition – AI or not.
In a sense, human-made content will soon earn what it’s worth: market value is a great equalizer, and I don’t think anyone would argue that all writing is created equal.
#3: “Better-quality content”
Have you ever experienced a content drought?
Do you find that you’re no longer able to create good ideas for new stories, and your current work is feeling stale or formulaic?
If so, it’s quite common because writers get into the most trouble when their output relies on tired clichés. The easiest way to shake things up is to add diversity and new characters – but how can you do that when your creativity has dried up?
AI can fix this problem by giving you fresh ideas for your next big project. It’s already capable of creating believable, nuanced characters, and it will continue to improve as long as humans provide feedback (just like how humans learn from one another).
So, if you’re someone who’s interested in exploring the future and getting excited about new technology, this may be one of the reasons why you should be excited about AI’s potential for creativity. Researchers have already demonstrated that these systems can learn from their mistakes. They can remember what they’ve done well, and what they’ve done wrong.
That means that the next time a character in a story falls into trouble, the computer will be able to remember all of the previous falls the person has made and will be able to use that information to help him or her figure out how to avoid falling in the future. That gives authors and storytellers an incredibly exciting reason to invest in the future of artificial intelligence.