‘One of the biggest challenges, they go on, is teaching the machine to understand what’s interesting from a fictional point of view – differentiating, say, between ‘What if there was a chair with five legs?’ and ‘What if there was a little dog who learned how to speak?

AI tools are helping writers by generating longer strings of coherent text. BBC explores if the skills might someday converge to the point where AI systems are delivering fictional texts at book length.


Could a robot write a novel? | BBC | January 22, 2015 | By Hephzibah Anderson