The female AI researcher Janelle Shane is well-known for having fun with artificial intelligence. So far, she used these systems to come up with lyrics for Christmas carols or customized messages to send your lover on Valentine’s Day. She seems to have had a good time, as she didn’t stop here. Now, she entered the geek world and chose Dungeons and Dragons monsters as her new victims.
AI systems use patterns to come up with new names
Shane has decided to study AI systems and neural networks in a fun way. To everyone’s delight, the researcher asks these systems to come up with names after feeding them data on a particular subject. After giving the AI some samples, she tries to teach the system to come up with data by using the model of these samples.
After playing with some holiday-related themes, she caused a great deal of entertainment among many people. Now, she decided to go a little more specific, so she prepared a surprise for geeks. The AI’s task is to generate names for Dungeons and Dragons monsters. For this, Shane fed the system with 2,205 names from the second D&D Monster Manual and taught it how to come up with similar names.
The new Dungeons and Dragons monsters are quite unusual
We’re dealing with fantasy here, so nobody would expect to see regular animals on this list. However, the AI Dungeons and Dragons monsters are a bit odd even for the fantasy world. Among the more interesting names, you could see durp snakes, walfablangs, fire brains, spectral slugs, owlborns, putter vampires, or even chromatic wolves. However, the favorites of the public were the pigaloth, the jabberwont, and the spectral wolf greepy.
Not all AI-generated Dungeons and Dragons monsters were so absurd, so this list might even be a source of inspiration for designers. Creatures like crystal human, stone cat, rain golem, or shadowstaffer are easy to imagine, so we never know what new monsters we might see in the new D&D campaign.
— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) March 23, 2018
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