The idea of robots creating our entertainment might sound dystopian, but to Brew, Goodwin and Sharp, it’s not about outsourcing creativity to machines but rather using machines to help people express their creativity in new ways. Computer-generated text can already make us laugh with its Mad Libs absurdity or move us emotionally through serendipitous connections; perhaps someday it will be capable of entertaining us in even more nuanced ways. Regardless, it seems like there will always be a human hand and heart in the mix, whether it’s creating the algorithm, writing the source material or guiding the choices of the machine more directly.
The way Goodwin sees it, an AI or an algorithmic text generator isn’t an author so much as a tool, and one that could allow human creators to input source text that inspires them — perhaps even from their own work — and prompt or inspire them to “produce something that is more closely aligned with their internal thoughts and notions.”
“One of my mentors, Allison Parrish, likes to point out that a generative text machine is like a space probe,” Goodwin said. “But rather than exploring what we understand spatially, they’re exploring the boundary between sense and nonsense. I think there’s a lot of interesting transmissions that you can receive from that boundary.” (Source)