This man trained an artificial intelligence to generate the most British sounding place names

Dan Hon recently set out out to do something rather fun with artificial intelligence.  The director of content at Code for America took a bunch of existing British place names and, with a method that goes over our heads somewhat, managed to train an AI to generate some new ones.  His results are so fantastic that they sound like any number of drizzly English villages you may have driven through looking for a half hidden wedding venue.  Check out Dan’s working out, and all the incredibly convincing sounding British place names below. I trained an A.I. to generate British placenames The results were predictable. (Inspired in part by Janelle Shane’s New paint colors invented by neural network. Tom Taylor did similar work in 2016, generating English village names.) Method: 1. Find a list of British place names. Here’s one you can download as a CSV. You just need the names, so strip out all the other columns. To save some time, you can use the one I prepared earlier. 2. Pick a multi-layer recurrent neural network to use. The first time I did this, Karpathy’s char-rnn was all the rage, this time I used jcjohnson’s torch-rnn. 3. If you’re using a Mac, don’t bother trying to get OpenCL GPU support working. I…


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