Artificial intelligence to write the next game of thrones book

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We understand how desperately you might be waiting for 2019 to come and give us a new episode of game of thrones.

With the TV show now firmly ahead of the books, fans might have to wait until 2019 to see how George R.R. Martin’s epic saga wraps up.

So to give us some much-needed new material to over-analyze in the meantime, an algorithm has started to write the sixth book for us, and its predictions back up some long-held fan theories.

After feeding a type of AI known as a recurrent neural network the roughly 5,000 pages of Martin’s five previous books, software engineer Zack Thoutt has used the algorithm to predict what will happen next. And it might be the best we get for a while, because, let’s face it, most of us are so sick of waiting that we’ve pretty much given up on Martin delivering The Winds of Winter anytime soon even Martin himself.

According to the AI’s predictions, some long-held fan theories do play out – in the five chapters generated by the algorithm so far, Jaime ends up killing Cersei, Jon rides a dragon, and Varys poisons Daenerys.

“Jaime killed Cersei and was cold and full of words, and Jon thought he was the wolf now, and white harbor..” begins chapter five.

You can read all the chapters in full on the GitHub page for the project. Each chapter starts with a character’s name, just like Martin’s actual books.

But in addition to backing up what many of us already suspect will happen, the AI also introduces some fairly unexpected plot turns that we’re pretty sure aren’t going to be mirrored in either the TV show or Martin’s books, so we wouldn’t get too excited just yet.

So, does this help and support you during the long wait ahead?

It does for us!


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