OK, there is a little Twitterbait in the blog title, but this is interesting stuff.
Passive Guy recently blogged about Philip M. Parker, professor of management science at Insead, who has over 600,000 books up on Amazon, written with substantial assistance from sophisticated computer programs.
Professor Parker was kind enough to provide a comment to that post clarifying what he has done and discussing some of what he is currently working on. PG is persuaded that the good professor doesn’t produce spam books.
He has actually written over 1 million titles, but not all are on Amazon because some are out of print.
Professor Parker explained that his comment quoted in the NY Times piece about “romance novels generated by new algorithms” was really about fiction in general, not necessarily only romance. Any romance authors whose feathers were ruffled will either find themselves placated or joined by ruffle-featherd fantasy and scifi authors.
He included a link to a video demonstrating his fiction prototype and invited comments. The video is about 12 minutes long, but PG thinks many of you will find the elements of fiction included in the prototype interesting.
Since PG wrote and sold a computer program (“Splitsville”) to replace a divorce lawyer several years ago, he was intrigued by the video. Actually, the program didn’t entirely replace a divorce lawyer, but did produce all the documents a divorce lawyer was likely to produce much faster and more accurately than some lawyers did.
Here’s a link to Professor Parker’s detailed comment.