New Harry Potter Story Written By a Computer Has Fans Obsessed

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Artificial intelligence has come a very long way. Writers, though, may have more job security than they thought. Read through a bit of the passage below and you’ll see what I mean. The latest installment in the Harry Potter series has been written by a computer program and it is absolutely brilliant, but for all of the wrong reasons.

That’s not to take away from what Botnik Studios has done. The company uses algorithms to train computers to do tasks. This time, the task was to study Harry Potter books, discover their patterns, and use those to create a new story. The result, called “Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash,” is epic.

Botnik released one chapter: “The Handsome One.”

“Botnik Studios specializes in ‘augmented content creation,'” The Daily Mail writes. “In the past, it has used algorithms to help dream up original scripts for the series Scrubs and X-files. In both cases, the scripts sort of captured the shows that inspired them, but slightly missed the mark in very comical ways.”

“To make the new story, the company taught a computer to learn patterns from the existing seven Harry Potter books. It then produced a ‘predictive keyboard,’ a program that offers suggestions for what the next word in a sentence should be based on the last words written.”

The process still required some human assistance. Give it a try here.

And the reaction on Twitter suggests the fans approve.