A YouTube video caught my eye with the title, "A Robot Wrote A Chapter To A Harry Potter Book, And It's Absolutely Insane." The video claims that a software algorithm created by Botnik Studios was trained on the text of the Harry Potter series, and then proceeded to generate a chapter of Harry Potter fanfiction:
So Botnik studios used AI, which they fed it all seven Harry Potter books that were written by J.K. Rowling, and they wanted this artificial intelligence, or a "bot," to write its own Harry Potter book after they fed it all seven of the other Harry Potter installments. And it did just that.
This brand new story was written by a 'bot,' which is the name for a piece of software designed to automatically perform tasks.
A team from Botnik Studios trained up their bot by feeding it all seven books in the Harry Potter series.
It was then asked to write its own chapter, which starts with the epic words, 'Magic: it was something which Harry Potter thought was very good.'
Botnik Studios' tweet announcing the text is rather vague about their methods:
We used predictive keyboards trained on all seven books to ghostwrite this spellbinding new Harry Potter chapter
It's unclear from the wording whether the computer did the whole thing or whether humans were involved in creating and/or editing the text.
The chapter itself does read somewhat like computer-generated text based on J.K. Rowling's writing:
Leathery sheets of rain lashed at Harry's ghost as he walked across the grounds toward the castle. Ron was standing there and doing a kind of frenzied tap dance. He saw Harry and immediately began to eat Hermione's family.
But there are places where the writing is suspiciously coherent:
Harry tore his eyes from his head and threw them into the forest. Voldemort raised his eyebrows at Harry, who could not see anything at the moment.
The connection between "tore his eyes from his head" and "could not see anything at the moment" is either a coincidence or requires an understanding of the meaning of the words, not just statistical association.
Was this chapter generated entirely by a software algorithm trained on the Harry Potter books, or was there further human input into the process?