Just in time for Halloween, a research team from the MIT Media Lab’s Scalable Cooperation group introduces Shelley: the world’s first AI-human horror story collaboration.
Shelley is a deep-learning powered AI who was trained on over 140K horror stories on Reddit’s infamous r/nosleep subreddit. She lives on Twitter; every hour, @shelley_ai tweets out the beginning of a new horror story, ending with #yourturn to invite a human collaborator. Anyone is welcome to reply to that tweet with the next part of the story; Shelley will reply again with the next part, and so on. The results are weird, fun, and unpredictable horror stories that represent both creativity and collaboration—traits that explore the limits of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
“Shelley is a combination of a multi-layer Recurrent Neural Network and an online learning algorithm that learns from crowd’s feedback over time,” explains Pinar Yanardhag, the project’s lead researcher. “The more collaboration Shelley gets from people, the more and scarier stories she will write.”