A Scottish cartoonist has programmed his computer to write new episodes of ‘Friends’ scripts as part of an AI experiment.
While ‘Friends’ creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman may feel flustered about having this creativity bested by a computer, Scottish cartoonist Andy Herd of Dundee is enjoying the fruits of his labour after procedurally generating new scripts for the 90s sitcom.
Herd began generating new episodes of ‘Friends’ after uploading every episode of the show and then using Google’s artificial intelligence engine machine learning library TensorFlow.
“It works by predicting the next letter to follow a given sequence of letters, and the predictions are determined by what it learned about language from the Friends dialogue provided,” he told The Daily Beast.
“I’ve been reading up about machine learning in my spare time lately because it’s really fascinating. I honestly don’t understand a lot of the underlying mathematics, but I’m trying.” he said.
“It can generate stuff within minutes, but it’s barely English,” he said. “A lot of it is still nonsense.
“Also, Satan helped a bit.”
“I fed a recurrent neural network with the scripts for every episode of friends and it learned to generate new scenes,” Herd wrote on Twitter.
“I reckon I could tweak this a bit and sell it to a network. All I’d have to do is push a button and BAM, top quality sitcom fodder ready to go.” The computer scripts are funny, but not in the same way as the original show.
Herd’s scripts include Joey demanding someone give him a clown and Monica yelling “Chicken Bob”.
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