The world-famous Czech writer Karel Capek wrote a science fiction game in 1921 in which the word robot was used for the first time and explained the machines in the game. Now, artificial intelligence has written a theater play about machines to celebrate the centenary of this work.The 60-minute game was written by artificial intelligence called GPT-2 by the artificial intelligence firm Open AI, which Elon Musk is among the founders of.
Until now, this language prediction model has also been used to write fake news, short stories and poems. However, the team that developed it stated that this game was the first theatrical production of GPT-2. The play was named "Artificial Intelligence: If a Robot Writes a Theater Text".
Playwright David Kostak, who oversaw the project, described the script as "Some kind of futuristic Little Prince."
In this project, the researchers gave the artificial intelligence the words "Hello, I am a robot and it is a pleasure to invite you to the game I wrote. The software that followed this up created the tityatro text in question.
On the other hand, the result is far from a quality theatrical text yet. Because the software can start writing statements that contradict other parts of the text after a few sentences. For example, the artificial intelligence that wrote this game forgot that the main character is not a human but a robot.
"Sometimes in the middle of a dialogue, the speaker turned from a man to a woman," said Rudolf Rosa, a computational linguist from Prague University, who started working on the project two years ago.
This is because the software doesn't really understand the meaning of sentences, according to Chad DeChant, an artificial intelligence expert at Columbia University in the USA. DeChant, who did not take part in the writing process of the play but was eager to watch, explained, "It only lists the words that are likely to be used together."
The researchers, who wanted to prevent inconsistencies in the text, made some interventions in the writing process. For example, the passages were fixed where the software changed the gender of the character from line to line, and the first text command was repeated until the software produced a logical prose.
Rosa said 90 percent of the final version of the script remained untouched, with human intervention in only 10 percent. DeChant says that the game cannot be described as "Artificial intelligence wrote" because the whole script was not left to the software.
The AI expert believes it will take about 15 years for the technology to be able to write complex text, like a theater play, from start to finish. But he notes that the experiment shows audiences what artificial intelligence can do right now and will excite them.