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A Redhead Walks into a Bar: Experiences of Writing Fiction with Artificial Intelligence
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3). Malmö University, Internet of Things and People (IOTAP).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1852-3937
IST, Pennsylvania State University, United States.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6864-6065
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1962-7212
2022 (English)In: Academic Mindtrek '22: Proceedings of the 25th International Academic Mindtrek Conference, ACM Digital Library, 2022, p. 230-241Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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Human creativity has been often aided and supported by artificial tools, spanning traditional tools such as ideation cards, pens, and paper, to computed and software. Tools for creativity are increasingly using artificial intelligence to not only support the creative process, but also to act upon the creation with a higher level of agency. This paper focuses on writing fiction as a creative activity and explores human-AI co-writing through a research product, which employs a natural language processing model, the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3), to assist the co-authoring of narrative fiction. We report on two progressive – not comparative – autoethnographic studies to attain our own creative practices in light of our engagement with the research product: (1) a co-writing activity initiated by basic textual prompts using basic elements of narrative and (2) a co-writing activity initiated by more advanced textual prompts using elements of narrative, including dialects and metaphors undertaken by one of the authors of this paper who has doctoral training in literature. In both studies, we quickly came up against the limitations of the system; then, we repositioned our goals and practices to maximize our chances of success. As a result, we discovered not only limitations but also hidden capabilities, which not only altered our creative practices and outcomes, but which began to change the ways we were relating to the AI as collaborator.  

 

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ACM Digital Library, 2022. p. 230-241
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-56499DOI: 10.1145/3569219.3569418Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85142667157ISBN: 978-1-4503-9955-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-56499DiVA, id: diva2:1717161
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Academic Mindtrek 2022: 25th International Academic Mindtrek conference, Tampere Finland, November 16 - 18, 2022
Available from: 2022-12-07 Created: 2022-12-07 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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