So, NaNoWriMo is out of the way and it’s time to reflect on life as a writer ahead of next year’s goal setting. As I do so, I find that computers are coming much closer to the time when they can write acceptable novels (there are already pieces of software that can combine new feeds and produce some sort of book). How long before we all get replaced? Hopefully not before I can make a name for myself!
Alan Turing (pictured thanks to a BBC item by Quentin Cooper from 2012: Alan Turing: Separating the man and the myth) had a lot to say about artificial intelligence and how we tell if something is made by a human being or a machine. I also reviewed the recent Benedict Cumberbatch film for Starburst here if you’re interested. How’s that for synchronicity?!
Back to the point, The Verge has been running a competition to get texts written for NaNoWriMo 2014 – I wonder how good any of them are? If you want more analysis try this article on the UK Business Insider written by Joshua Barrie: Novels Written by Computer. As long as they don’t apply the best-seller code we’ll be fine! [Did you see what I did there?]