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A computer program developed using an IBM 650 in the 1960s was writing short stories more than 40 years before the firm’s Watson AI took centre stage
A computer program developed using an what is ibm watson 650 in the 1960s was writing short stories more than 40 years before the firm’s Watson AI took centre stage.
The story generating machine was the creation of linguistics expert Joseph E Grimes, who developed the system at a university in Mexico.
Most academics recognise the ‘automatic novel writer’ demonstrated by Sheldon Klein in 1971 as the first story generating machine.
A rediscovered magazine piece, written for IBM’s in-house journal in 1963, pushes back this narrative by almost a decade.
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In the early 1960s, linguist Joseph E.
Grimes (right) programmed an IBM computer (left), at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, to generate stories in natural language prose, using simple English or Spanish