AI wrote a short novel, passes first round of the literary award

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    While many people in the world are worrying that robots will take over human jobs once artificial intelligence is fully developed, it's a safe bet that no one put authors and writers at the top of the robot job list. Yet, now that a Japanese AI program has co-authored a short-form novel that passed the first round of screening for a national literary prize, it seems that no occupation is safe. The robot-written novel didn't win the competition's final prize, but who's to say it won't improve in its next attempt?
    The novel is actually called The Day A Computer Writes A Novel, or "Konpyuta ga shosetsu wo kaku hi" in Japanese. The meta-narrative wasn't enough to win first prize at the third Nikkei Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award (which has technically been open to non-human applicants for the past few years) ceremony, but it did come close. Officially, the novel was written by a very human team that led the AI program’s development. Hitoshi Matsubara and his team at Future University Hakodate in Japan selected words and sentences, and set parameters for construction before letting the AI "write" the novel autonomously. One of the team's two submissions to the competition made it past the first round of screening, despite a blind reading policy that prevents judges from knowing whether an AI was involved in the writing process.

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    What is more scary is that the computer had human characteriestic: It bribed the judges.
     
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