Shelley.ai AI Terrifies Thanks To Reddit's Nosleep

Shelley.ai is an artificially intelligent horror writer; humans contribute thousands of ideas via reddit, and thereby unwittingly participate.


(Shelley will scare you now...)

Shelley AI is currently working on a different short scary tale once an hour leading up to Halloween. It’s powered by deep learning algorithms that have been trained on stories collected from the subreddit /r/nosleep where people share their own original eerie works. The AI was created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.

In this case, the AI is the source of the tale, rather than the subject.

Science fiction fans are not perturbed by AIs that seek to write their own tales of horror. In Studio 5, The Stars, a 1971 story by JG Ballard, a verse transcriber is used to write poetry on demand:

"Do you mean she wrote these herself?" I nodded. "It has been done that way. In fact the method enjoyed quite a vogue for twenty or thirty centuries. Shakespeare tried it, Milton, Keats and Shelley - it worked reasonably well for them."

"But not now," Tony said. "Not since the VT set. How can you compete with an IBM heavy-duty logomatic analogue?"

"...Hold on," I told him. I was pasting down one of Xero's satirical pastiches of Rubert Brooke and was six lines short. I handed Tony the master tape and he played it into the IBM, set the meter, rhyme scheme, verbal pairs, and then switched on, waited for the tape to chunter out of the delivery head, tore off six lines and passed them back to me. I didn't even need to read them.

For the next two hours we worked hard, at dusk had completed over 1,000 lines and broke off for a well-earned drink.

Via Shelley.ai and NewScientist.

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