Meet Shelley, MIT Media Lab's horror-stories writing bot!

Q.  Which is the first bot to write horror stories developed by MIT Media Lab?
- Published on 06 Nov 17

a. Shelley
b. Poe
c. Edgar
d. Frankenstein

ANSWER: Shelley
 
Meet Shelley, MIT Media LabMIT Media Lab have conjured 'Shelley', a deep-learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) bot who writes her own horror stories.

Named after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, the AI bot uses information and spooks from 1,40,000 pieces of horror fiction from Reddit's r/nosleep subreddit.

Every hour, her Twitter handle tweets one line beginning a story.

Akin to the round robin writing technique, people add to the story with their tweets ending with #yourturn. Shelley adds her own lines occasionally, and this goes on till the tale is complete, when somebody ends a line with #theend.

Of course, Shelley is the final arbiter of this all.

The final product of this human-AI collaboration is often some genuinely frightening material, collated on stories.shelley.ai.

According to the website, Shelley is created to learn from human beings' 'nightmarish ideas', and to tell the best collaborative tales.

Shelley's creative mind has no boundaries according to researchers at MIT.

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