On writing & machines

When I wrote Adventures in Narrated Reality in 2016, I did not imagine it would turn into a series like this: one with vast, multiple installments, discrete in their intensity, yet spread across the years thinly like ice on a lake in the spring.

And yet.

And yet, here we are: four years on, with little in the way of advancement in Artificial Intelligence…

And yet.

And yet.

And yet.

Welcome to Part III. The darkest chapter of Narrated Reality awaits. Can you handle this? I thought not, so it’s unanimous.


Yes, this chapter exists behind a paywall.


On mania

c. 2013

By Ross Goodwin

This is not an essay about machine learning or creative code, and I did not generate it with a machine.

I wrote the first draft of this in 2016, shortly after completing my first Adventures in Narrated Reality piece. I also made the somewhat questionable decision to circulate the unedited manuscript via Google Docs to many friends and acquaintances. Quite a few of these folks were concerned about me after reading that raw version, and they were right to be. At the time, I initially insisted I was fine, but I was manic, and I should have…

Ongoing experiments in writing & machine intelligence

By Ross Goodwin

Due to the popularity of Adventures in Narrated Reality, Part I, I’ve decided to continue narrating my research concerning the creative potential of LSTM recurrent neural networks here on Medium. In this installment, I’ll begin by introducing a new short film: Sunspring, an End Cue film, directed by Oscar Sharp and starring Thomas Middleditch, created for the 2016 Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge from a screenplay generated with an LSTM trained on science fiction screenplays.

Today, Sunspring made its debut on Ars Technica, accompanied by a superb article by Annalee Newitz. Have a look!


New forms & interfaces for written language, enabled by machine intelligence

Char-RNN training statistics

By Ross Goodwin

In May 2015, Stanford PhD student Andrej Karpathy wrote a blog post entitled The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks and released a code repository called Char-RNN. Both received quite a lot of attention from the machine learning community in the months that followed, spurring commentary and a number of response posts from other researchers.

I remember reading these posts early last summer. …

Ross Goodwin

not a poet | new forms & interfaces for written language, narrated reality, &c.

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