The future is here. I’ve been messing around with Open AI’s text prompt beta, which can tell a range of stories, all grammatically correct. You just put in a prompt and out pops the text.
For example, I asked for a story about a living poop, and it gave me this masterpiece: “There once was a living poo who was quite happy living in its owner’s intestine. But one day, the poo decided it wanted to see the world and so it started to travel up the intestine. The further it got, the more uncomfortable it became, and the more it realized this was not a good idea. But it was too late to turn back and so the poo kept going until it finally exited through the owner’s anus.
“The poo found itself in a strange new world, and it was not sure what to do. It tried to go back into the intestine, but it could not find its way. It tried to find other living poos to ask for help, but it could not find any. It was all alone and it did not know what to do.
“The poo tried to make the best of its situation, and it started to explore the world. It found new and interesting things, and it even made some friends along the way. But no matter how much it tried, the poo could not forget about its old life in the intestine. It missed the warmth and security, and it longed to go back.”
It sure is a strange new world.
Another thing you can do with the AI is tell it who it is. So I told it that it was Hideo Kojima and fed it his entire Wikipedia page for context. Here’s the resulting interview.