I was reading the other day on Gizmodo a fascinating post about a bunch of computer scientists who have trained artificial intelligence using human knowledge of the, uh, carnal variety. Specifically, they used 14 million passages of romance novels to create little stories about images.

Artificial intelligence has been trained to identify animals in photos or describe videos. Last week, Google said it’s using it to generate responses to your emails.

Ryan Kiros, a PhD student at the University of Toronto, has now created the Neural-Storyteller, a network trained to analyze images and retrieve appropriate captions from its vast store of sexy knowledge, creating little stories about images.

For example, this is the story the Neural-Storyteller created about these two Sumo wrestlers:

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Photo: Gizmodo

Some of the stories make more sense than others. Much like the subject of the following photo, I guess:

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Photo: Gizmodo

And how about this little gem about Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs?

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Photo: Gizmodo

I guess we have a ways to go before Skynet takes over the planet. But I do see a new version of Misery where a computer/robot kidnaps a writer to force them to rewrite a novel in a romance series.

Read the entire post at Gizmodo and thanks to The Passive Guy for the tip.

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