Wordcraft is a new AI unveiled by Google, capable of writing fictional texts. It is based on the LaMDA language model. Find out everything you need to know about this tool, and the possibilities it offers writers…
After AI capable of generating drawings, here comes artificial intelligence capable of writing stories. Created by Google, Wordcraft has just been unveiled at an event in New York organized by Google.
The Wordcraft project is based on the LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) model, introduced by Google in 2021 a dialogue engine capable of engaging users in conversation. Now, the Wordcraft project is exploring the engine’s ability to produce fictional text.
In order to test this AI, thirteen writers used WordCraft. They used the tool to write short stories with the help of artificial intelligence.
AI dedicated to fiction writing
Unlike other existing tools such as WordTune or Grammarly, Wordcraft is not designed to improve syntax. or writing style. It is a real help for writing fiction.
For example an extract written by writer Eugenia Triantafyllouentitled ” Worm-Mothers ” : “ all the birds in the sky were prey for the Worm-Mothers – they were hungry and feasted on the birds, swallowing them whole like grapes. Because the Worm-Mothers had no teeth to speak of, and no eyes either. All they had was a wide, gummy mouth and a short, black horn at the top of their egg-shaped head. “.
Artificial intelligence is not yet capable of writing on its own
During the event, Google Research researcher Douglas Eck confessed to being convinced that Wordcraft could ” transforming the way people express themselves creatively “. He acknowledges that creating prose is far from an easy task, and that LaMDA’s solitary efforts are not not yet worthy of a Pullitzer Prize.
According to him, ” one clear conclusion is that using LaMDA to write complete stories is a dead end. It’s the writers who do the work “. He sees AI as ” a spice in addition to what you’re trying to do “.
Indeed, LaMDA does not really understand the languagethe meaning or context of words, but can “. produce convincing human speech “and predict the most likely word of a sentence thanks to the vast volumes of data on which the model has been trained.
A conscious machine?
In June 2022, engineer Blake Lemoine was fired by Google for having claiming that LaMDA was aware. He was dismissed for breaching confidentiality rules by giving several interviews about the model.
Nevertheless, Google will continue to work to develop the possibilities offered by AI for the art world. You can discover other texts written with Wordcraft at this address.