Is the future award-winning novelist a writing robot?

Could a writing robot make novelists obsolete?It might not happen anytime soon, but then again, it might. In Japan, a short novel co-written by an artificial intelligence program (its co-author is human) made it past the first stage of a literary contest, the Japan News reports. The Nikkei Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award is named after Hoshi Shinichi, a Japanese science fiction author whose books include “The Whimsical Robot” and “Greetings from Outer Space.” Judges for the prize weren’t told which novels were written by humans and which were penned by human-computer teams.The award is unique in that it accepts entries from “applicants who are not human beings (AI programs and others).” Novels co-written by humans and computers were submitted to the prize committee. The Asahi Shimbun reports that one of four…

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