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Harry Potter and the Predictive Keyboard

We’ve all been victims of our “smart phones” thinking they’re smarter than us- whether it’s autocorrect or predictive keyboards. Botnik, a website composing of writers, artists, and developers that work and collaborate with machines and Artificial intelligence, decided they’d try and see how technology could do compared to the Queen herself, J. K. Rowling. The group “trained predictive keyboards…on all seven Harry Potter books and produced a brand-new chapter about the young wizard.”

“Our web keyboard app analyzes text files and offers the most common word sequences as suggestions to the human user, to help them write in the style of the source material,” Botnik CEO and co-founder Jamie Brew told CNET. (There’s a David Bowie-lyric version too.) ‘Then a bunch of writers in the Botnik community got together in an online chat room and pitched lines they wrote using the keyboard. Our editorial team cobbled these fragments together into the full chapter we posted today.’”

The name of this book? Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. Read it here!

 

Book Trains are Here!

Beginning on October 5th the New York Public Library will be operating “book trains!”  They’re not actual trains, but a modification of the traditional conveyor system used to transport materials between storage and the various reading rooms.  The train consists of 24 individual cars that can move up to 75 feet per minute.  The main… Continue Reading

Pokemon Go!

By now you’ve probably heard of the phenomenon Pokémon Go!  Pokémon Go “is an augmented reality game — it mixes real-world elements with the game.”  Most book stores and libraries are either “PokeGyms” or “PokeStops” and of course they are making the most out of this!  These two articles show how some bookstores have hilariously… Continue Reading

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