To say that I am ambivalent about the rush to use AI in the arts would be an understatement. In many instances it seems more like an automated plagiarism machine than cutting edge technology. However, I was game to give the new website InstaNovel a spin. The app offers the opportunity to create a custom, illustrated short story for you based on just a few short prompts – you enter a basic plot idea you want the story to follow, give the site an email address, and then wait 2 or 3 days.
InstaNovel uses GPT-3 to “write” the story which is illustrated by Dall-E. Below is the entire short story based on my prompts. I think that it’s simply awful, but you can decide for yourself how the AI did.
I agree that the story is quite awful, but not in a cringeworthy way, just blah.
Awfully dull, and pointless too. The Booker shortlist – longlist even – will not be featuring this offering.
By the way, I have now joined the queue waiting for my unforgettable ideas to be translated into forgettable prose.
post a link when it gets delivered. I’d love to see if the AI is improving.
You bet I plan to!
AI’s are increasingly making the human artistic activity to an economically unviable occupation.
Well, I have my story. It’s even worse than your example, and the illustrations are TERRIBLE. Of course I’ll send you a link if I fail to blog the thing, as you have done. But I’ve struggled to post the pages of deathless prose. I’ve settled for screenshots, which are fairly small, but just might do. Any hints? Of course you’ll be mentioned as the inspiration for the whole thing!
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I’m sorted! Here you are: https://margaret21.com/2023/02/01/a-novel-as-generated-by-artificial-intelligence/. Please note especially the AI generated final paragraph…