Rest Easy, George R.R. Martin, a Computer Program Has Written The Winds of Winter For You
Looks like George R.R. Martin can take a breather. An engineer set up a neural network using all of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series to write part of the next installment, The Winds of Winter. It may not make a lot of sense—or any sense, really—but hell, neither did that whole Sansa and Arya murder fake-out.
Full-stack software engineer Zack Thoutt created a recurrent neural network to write The Winds of Winter, based on words, phrases, and characters from the rest of the series. Thoutt told Motherboard it’s a “long short-term memory” network, meaning it remembers information stored in the text, like character deaths. It’s not exactly accurate, though, as according to the new book Ned and Lord Mormont have returned from the grave.
In order to accomplish a feat that not even Martin himself has been able to dachieve yet, Thoutt uploaded the first five books in the series into the network (almost 5,400 pages worth) so it could spew out the latest twists, turns, and deaths in the iconic series. Here’s a small sample from Chapter One, narrated by Tyrion:
There are five chapters so far, and they’re all insane. According to the neural network, Varys is going to poison Daenerys, Asha will start hunting the Night’s Watch, and Arya’s latest weapon of choice is her boot. But hey, it actually predicts a couple of things that fans also expect to happen on the final season of Game of Thrones, mainly that Jon Snow will ride a dragon and Jaime Lannister will kill his twin sister Cersei. However, all of that pales in comparison to the best part: The Winds of Winter has a new character!
According to the neural network, the latest addition to Westeros will be a man called Greenbeard, and all I want is everything about this character’s epic backstory. I’d like to imagine he’s a greenseer sent by the Children of the Forest to help Jon Snow battle the Night’s King, and he colored his facial hair green because he takes his role way too seriously.
You can read the rest of the stories here, presumably while sitting around waiting for Martin to catch up. Ten bucks says we’ll all have green beards by then.
via Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com
August 29, 2017 at 03:33PM