Shelley: Human-AI Collaborated Horror Stories


Illustration is created by Meghan Murphy,

Illustration is created by Meghan Murphy,

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Follow @shelley_ai to collaborate with Shelley! 

For centuries, across geographies, religions, and cultures, people have innovated ways of scaring each other. Creating a visceral emotion such as fear remains one of the cornerstones of human creativity. This challenge is especially important at a time when we are exploring the limits of artificial intelligence: Can machines learn to scare us? 

In Halloween 2016 we presented the Nightmare Machine—computer-generated scary imagery powered by deep learning algorithms. 

This Halloween, we present Shelley: Human-AI Collaborated Horror Stories

Shelley is a deep-learning powered AI who was raised reading eerie stories coming from r/nosleep. Now, as an adult—and not unlike Mary Shelley, her Victorian idol—she takes a bit of inspiration in the form of a random seed, or a short snippet of text, and starts creating stories emanating from her creepy creative mind. But what Shelley truly enjoys is working collaboratively with humans, learning from their nightmarish ideas, creating the best scary tales ever. If you want to work with her, respond to the stories she'll start every hour on her Twitter account, and she will write with you the first AI-human horror anthology ever put together!