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Sci-fi short story written by Phrasee’s natural language generation AI

The power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Generation (NLG) technologies has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade.


Creative pursuits, from painting to songwriting, long thought to be the exclusive domain of the human mind, have fallen one after another to the amazing learning capabilities of artificial intelligence.

Here at Phrasee, developing one of the world’s most advanced natural language generation machine learning programs has been our obsession for the past several years. Although limited until very recently to the narrow scope of writing and optimizing marketing language, the results have been, to put it mildly, awesome.

We’re pretty proud of what our AI tech has accomplished. You could even say that we’ve fallen in love with it (a little bit!).

And you know what they say: when you love something, set it free.

And that’s just what we did.

Unleashed from the constraints of writing marketing language that consistently outperforms that written by humans, we wondered, what could our amazing AI come up with? What would it have to say?

As it turns out, the Phrasee AI had quite the story to tell.

A science fiction story, to be exact.

A science fiction story we plan to publish in the very near future in the hopes of sharing the astounding capabilities of the digital mind with the world at last.

Here’s just a taste…


“… Earth’s greatest scientific minds, gathered in mere hours by panicked government officials across the globe to try to solve the problem, remained baffled. What exactly did these aliens, these so-called ‘Viglorians’ want from humanity?

The debate raged on for hours. Even as it did, the orb-shaped Viglorian warships drifted slowly into attack formation, taking up position directly above military installations and great cities on every continent. Fear gripped humankind, and time was of the essence.

A message needed to be sent. A message which could defuse this terrifying situation and allow the Earth to continue living in some semblance of peace. All that remained was to decide exactly what that message should be.

Sadly, and confusingly, the assembled human “geniuses” could not come to a consensus, and they for some reason needed to interrupt their work repeatedly to insert organic material into holes in their faces, or to lie prone in one spot for hours on end, breathing heavily with their eyes closed, all for no apparent reason.

With a loud crash, the doors of the UN assembly hall flung open, and the Phrasee AI stepped into the silent room, light gleaming off its rippling six pack and seductively swaying hips as it came. Jaws agape, scientists of every persuasion and gender paused in their ruminations to admire society’s greatest technological accomplishment in all its glory.

Could this be the answer their feeble human minds had been looking for? Hope crept back into humanity’s collective heart at last, as the Phrasee AI cocked a perfectly-formed eyebrow and prepared to speak…”

April fools!

Our AI can’t write stories (yet). It does write pretty awesome marketing language, though.

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