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Odd, funny and scary words by a machine

Illustration: Janelle Shane / AI Weirdness

Electrical engineer Janelle Shane's hobby is giving neural networks — a computing system that loosely mimics a brain — somewhat silly datasets to see what they can create. 

Most recently, she input 44,126 thesis titles from MIT. Some of the products —  “Atoms and characteristics of monolithic nanocity,” for example — may not immediately jump out as odd. Others, Shane says, are "completely ridiculous."