MIT researchers developed Shelley to tweet scary stories based on Reddit posts

Reddit’s 140,000 posts from r/nosleep proved to be a spooky treasure trove for Shelley, an AI program created by MIT Media Lab researchers. r/nosleep is a place for authors to share their original horror fiction. Shelley, inspired by Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, scours the Reddit posts and generates a prompt for an “exquisite corpse”—a storytelling game in which words or images are collectively assembled. Twitter followers then collaborate to add to the story composition in sequence. When someone responds to continue the story, Shelley will also respond.

“The rapid progress in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has people worried about everything from mass unemployment to the annihilation of the human race at the hand of evil robots,” researcher Iyad Rahwan told Quartz. “We know that AI terrifies us in the abstract sense. But can AI scare us in the immediate, visceral sense?”

Results are mixed as Shelley is still learning, but once it understands tone and nuance—a necessity for good horror—just imagine how frightening it can become.

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Reddit’s 140,000 posts from r/nosleep proved to be a spooky treasure trove for Shelley, an AI program created by MIT Media Lab researchers. r/nosleep is a place for authors to share their original horror fiction. Shelley, inspired by Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, scours the Reddit posts and generates a prompt for an “exquisite corpse”—a storytelling game in which words or images are collectively assembled. Twitter followers then collaborate to add to the story composition in sequence. When someone responds to continue the story, Shelley will also respond.