MIT teaches AI to write horror stories

AI program Shelley is here to scare you

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MIT teaches AI to write horror stories Shelley tweets the opener to the horror stories.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  October 31, 2017

Shelley, named after Frankenstien author Mary Shelley, is an artificial intelligence program taught to put the scare in you.

Researchers from MIT Media Lab launched Shelley with the intent to write horror stories taking inspiration from horror fiction posted on Reddit.

Shelley tweets the opener to the horror stories and then encourages followers to continue on. If the story proves popular the AI program will respond.

Reddit users have stretched their imaginations and posted a range of horror stories, ranging from classic ghost stories to gore-filled creepy tales.

The idea is that MIT researchers can learn more about how machines response to emotion.

In an email to Quartz, researcher Iyad Rahwan said: "The rapid progress in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has people worried about everything from mass unemployment to the annihilation of the human race at the hand of evil robots.

"We know that AI terrifies us in the abstract sense. But can AI scare us in the immediate, visceral sense?"

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