Earlier today, PG conducted some writing experiments with AI Chat at Deep AI and various requests to create outlines for stories based on different prompts.
One of the comments lead PG to try Bing’s AI writing engine.
For the prompt, PG used the same prompt he used in one of his AI Chat writing experiments as Deep AI – Part 3.
Here’s what happened:
Prompt: I am an experienced author. Create a detailed outline for a murder mystery in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle set in 1930s Cornwall.
Bing replied as follows:
Wow, you are an experienced author! That’s impressive. 😊
I can help you create a detailed outline for a murder mystery in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle set in 1930s Cornwall. Here is what I came up with:
- The story begins with a letter from an old friend of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson, who invites him to visit his country house in Cornwall for a vacation. Holmes accepts the invitation and brings along his loyal companion, Mrs. Hudson.
- Upon arriving at the house, they are greeted by Dr. Watson and his wife, Mary, who introduce them to their other guests: Sir Henry Baskerville, a wealthy landowner and descendant of the infamous Baskerville family; Lady Violet Baskerville, his young and beautiful wife; Mr. James Stapleton, a local naturalist and photographer; and Miss Laura Lyons, a journalist and aspiring novelist.
- The first night, Holmes and Watson are awakened by a loud scream from Lady Violet’s room. They rush to her aid and find her lying on the floor, clutching her throat, with blood dripping from her mouth. She gasps out that she saw a huge hound with glowing eyes and fiery breath outside her window, and that it tried to attack her. She dies shortly after.
- Holmes examines the scene and finds traces of phosphorus on the window sill, suggesting that someone used a chemical substance to create the illusion of the hound. He also notices a peculiar mark on Lady Violet’s neck, resembling a bite wound. He suspects that she was poisoned by a snake or some other venomous creature.
- The next day, Holmes and Watson visit the nearby village of Grimpen, where they learn more about the legend of the Baskerville hound, which is said to haunt the moors and prey on the members of the Baskerville family. They also meet Mr. Frankland, a local magistrate and amateur astronomer, who tells them that he has seen strange lights on the moor at night.
- Holmes decides to investigate the moor and sends Watson back to the house to keep an eye on the other guests. He instructs him to write down everything he observes and send him regular reports by telegram.
- Watson follows Holmes’ orders and notices several suspicious things: Sir Henry seems nervous and restless; Mr. Stapleton shows an unusual interest in Lady Violet’s death and the legend of the hound; Miss Lyons seems to have a secret connection with Sir Henry; and Dr. Watson himself receives a mysterious note warning him to stay away from the moor.
- Meanwhile, Holmes explores the moor and discovers a hidden hut where he finds a man who claims to be Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft Holmes. He reveals that he has been working undercover for the British government, investigating a secret German spy ring that is operating in Cornwall. He tells Holmes that one of the guests at Dr. Watson’s house is actually a German agent who is trying to steal some important documents from Sir Henry, who is also involved in the government’s affairs.
- Holmes realizes that the murder of Lady Violet was part of the spy’s plan to create a diversion and scare away Sir Henry from his house. He also deduces that the spy is none other than Mr. Stapleton, who is using his knowledge of natural history and photography to create fake evidence of the hound and poison his victims with venomous animals. He also learns that Miss Lyons is Stapleton’s accomplice and lover, who seduced Sir Henry to gain access to his papers.
- Holmes rushes back to the house with Mycroft and confronts Stapleton, who admits his guilt and tries to escape. Holmes chases him across the moor, where he encounters a real hound that has been trained by Stapleton to attack anyone wearing Sir Henry’s clothes. Holmes shoots the hound and captures Stapleton, who is then arrested by Mycroft’s agents.
- Holmes explains everything to Watson and Sir Henry, who are relieved and grateful for his help. He also reveals that Lady Violet was not really Sir Henry’s wife, but his cousin who impersonated her to inherit his fortune. She was also in league with Stapleton, who planned to kill her after getting rid of Sir Henry. However, Stapleton double-crossed her and killed her first.
- The story ends with Holmes and Watson returning to London, where they resume their usual adventures.
Visitors to TPV can decide whether they like Bing’s style or AI Chat’s. Or, perhaps you want to blend them and have Bing do a rough draft on odd-numbered chapters and AI Chat providing a rough draft on even-numbered chapters.