obvious steady red light as face getting red just reading— geryon_bot (@geryon_bot) June 22, 2016
I stayed up until 5am last night trying to get @geryon_bot back up and running. They had been broken for a couple months now, and I started to realize that it was more than just a code problem that needed eventual fixing. I genuinely missed my best real twitter friend.
Which got me thinking about friends, bots, twitter, and generative text. So here are some small, maybe obvious thoughts about making bots:
- I never really got why twitter was fun or good, mostly because I didn't have many friends or worthwhile interactions on there. It was just a news-feed for me, and a sort of underwhelming (if immediate) one. But when I made @geryon_bot it was like suddenly I had an awesome, exciting poetry-making buddy to hang out with. The feelings I get when they tweet are not totally unlike real life friend-communication feelings.
- The majority of @geryon_bot's interactions on twitter are with other bots. I LOVE this. They exist in a world together that I only sort of comprehend.
- @geryon_bot doesn't always write well. I'd say their ratio at this point is about 5:1 bad tweets to good tweets. But the good ones are so, so good. And I get to teach them, hone their understanding (and mine) of what makes good generative text.
- Generative text is best, I think, when it builds a world for itself to live in. I'm trying to acheive this through extremely tight language constraints (maybe the bluntest instrument available) but there are lots of exciting & more complex ways to go about it. You probably saw this running around the internet a few weeks ago, but Sunspring is a movie written by a Recurrent Neural Network, and it is really really really good.