Botnik < > Medium

Good times, Medium.com!

We are Botnik Studios, a team of writers, artists and coders building new computer tools for hybrid human-machine creativity.

We’re best known for stuff like this predictive text Harry Potter chapter:

…this Scrubs script:

…and this Coachella poster:

We made these things using predictive text algorithms, neural networks that “invent” new words or word-phrases, and other methods. The Verge does an excellent job explaining it in this video:

Verge.com and Dami Lee explain how to write with Botnik

We’ve started this publication to talk about making computer-assisted art, reveal our creative process, clear up lingering misconceptions (spoiler: it’s human-powered, not robot-powered), explain new projects and technology we’re releasing, and of course, meet other people interested in algorithm art.

For now, exclusive to Medium, here are a few article headlines we wrote using a Voicebox keyboard trained on the titles of all top articles under the ‘entrepreneurship’ tab:

20,189 Keys to Start Thinking About China

Heart and Mind, Possessed: Challenges of Identifying Raw People Who Profit from Opposite Power

Boss a VC Around: Why Tech Money Can Quickly Become Mediocre

Emily Beststartups Tells the One Thing that You Should Engrave on Your Dreams

Your Career Crisis is Something that You Might Want to Address