‘New Broth­ers Grimm’ fairy tale writ­ten by AI al­go­rithm

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ONCE upon a time, two Ger­man broth­ers brought us the clas­sic fairy tales of Cin­derella, Snow White and Sleep­ing Beauty. Now some 200 years later comes the happy end­ing… a new tale called The Princess And The Fox.

It prom­ises to be the first bed­time story gen­er­ated by ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and is also the first new Broth­ers Grimm fairy tale.

The Princess And The Fox is the prod­uct of a pre­dic­tive text al­go­rithm that was fed the sto­ries of the Broth­ers Grimm, the famed com­pil­ers of chil­dren’s folk­tales, and trained to mimic their style.

It’s a tale of a king, a mag­i­cal golden horse, a for­lorn princess and a poor miller’s son.

A talk­ing fox helps the miller’s son to res­cue the beau­ti­ful princess from the fate of hav­ing to marry a dread­ful prince she does not love.

“Once upon a time,” starts the story, which runs to slightly over 1 500 words, “there was a golden horse with a golden sad­dle and a beau­ti­ful pur­ple flower in its hair. The horse would carry the flower to the vil­lage where the princess danced for joy at the thought of look­ing so beau­ti­ful and good.”

“You might call it a form of lit­er­ary cloning,” says Michael Ac­ton Smith, co- founder of Calm, the med­i­ta­tion and sleep app that com­mis­sioned the new tale. “We’re do­ing for the Broth­ers Grimm what Juras­sic Park did for di­nosaurs. We’re bring­ing them back from the dead, with mod­ern sci­ence .

PIC­TURE: MATTHEWS BALOYI/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

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