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"Murphy was an optimist!"

Non-human NaNoWritMo’ers November 22, 2004 9:39 am

Posted by djuggler in : Daily Life
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For you ardent writers out there, Kurzweil points out “A computer program known as Brutus.1 is generating brief outbursts of fiction that are probably superior to what many humans could turn out.”

“Dave Striver loved the university – its ivy-covered clocktowers, its ancient and sturdy brick, and its sun-splashed verdant greens and eager youth. The university, contrary to popular opinion, is far from free of the stark unforgiving trials of the business world: academia has its own tests, and some are as merciless as any in the marketplace. A prime example is the dissertation defense: to earn the Ph.D., to become a doctor, one must pass an oral examination on one’s dissertation. This was a test Professor Edward Hart enjoyed giving.”

That pregnant opening paragraph was written by a computer program known as Brutus.1 that was developed by Selmer Bringsjord, a computer scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and David A. Ferrucci, a researcher at I.B.M.

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