TextSpark AI leaves Beta

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Jaybird

Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    We are 15 minutes away from no longer needing authors.Report

    • Avatar KenB in reply to Jaybird
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      Did you write this comment, or was it TextSpark?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to KenB
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        See?

        We’re going to have entire blogs dedicated to this sort of thing. (“It’s the best comment section I’ve ever seen!”)

        Part of me worries about something like Subway. If you go to Subway every few days, you’ll notice that all of their sandwiches more or less taste the same. Turkey, ham, roast beef, spicy italian… they’re all a melange of the same bread they always have and the same cheese they always use and the meats change, a little, and sometimes you remember to ask for hot peppers and sometimes you don’t but everything tastes like Generic Subway Sandwich with a different hint here or there.

        Will TextSpark essays all start tasting the same?Report

        • Avatar KenB in reply to Jaybird
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          It’s an interesting question… but I assume that for the foreseeable future there will still be a strong element of human curation, so it might be hard to pick out a pattern that’s specific to the AI itself and not the humans doing the choosing. Humans seem to be perfectly able to churn out derivative, cliched, unoriginal stuff all on their own anyway.Report

  2. Avatar Marchmaine
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    Heh.. co-writing assistant based on my writing tics and bad habits? How anyone doesn’t see that output as pure parody that should crush your soul? Shit, only the least self-aware writers will ever keep writing… and commenters.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    And I’ve also discovered Vocaloid (which, granted, has been around a lot longer… since 2004).

    Get the program to write the songs
    Get the program to sing them
    I can be the Colonel to an army of Elvii.Report

  4. Avatar Michael Cain
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    From the other side, there’s an outfit called Picovoice that has speech recognition that runs on at least the latest Raspberry Pi and does speech recognition at near-Google accuracy locally. I’m on their mailing list and they recently changed their licensing structure. I’ve added to my to-do list to check and see if there’s a license that I can afford for an in-house hobby application.

    We kept the granddaughters yesterday. At some point I needed to occupy the seven-year-old so I introduced her to the Amazon Dot on our kitchen counter. “Alexa, what time is it?” and “Alexa, how hot is it?” were okay, but once she discovered you could tell it things like “Alexa, play Happy Birthday,” it was suddenly an immensely popular toy. I noticed that she almost instantly figured out that Alexa is like a dog, in the sense that you have to say its name first to get its attention, then you can tell it things. I know people who have struggled with Alexa and Siri because they don’t get that. I anticipate lawsuits when the companies try to fix that by keeping a running 30-second buffer so that “Play Happy Birthday, Alexa,” and a pause works.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain
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      One of my buddies has one of those and, when we were watching wrestling, there was a wrestler called “Alexa Bliss”. During one of her matches, that thing woke up approximately one jillion times and immediately went back to sleep.

      I wonder if they had to do special coding for that sort of thing…

      “ALEXA JUST KICKED HER IN THE GUT!”
      “I don’t understand that.”

      That would be irritating as heck.Report

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