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What one AI's spooky storytelling says about the future with robots

Six-year-old Olivia Vlaicu, of Maywood, N.J., takes an interest in real-looking Halloween skeletons. Photo: Mel Evans / AP

A new MIT Media Lab project that generates scary stories with the help of other Twitter users is hinting at a future of AI/human collaboration, according to a Co. Design report.

  • Shelley, named after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, tweets out the start to a new scary tale every hour, and invites other Twitter users to add on to her story. If a response is popular enough, Shelley continues the thread with the next sentence. The MIT team made Shelley by training "a neural network of 140,000 horror stories from the r/nosleep subreddit," a collection of original scary stories.

Why it matters: It's no easy feat to create AI that can write fluently, and Co. Design notes that Shelley "augments and complements human capacity, rather than replacing it."