Big breaking news in the coffee world:
In the early hours of the morning, the news was breaking. Specialty coffee was being recognized as a vital part of the global coffee trade, and the industry was seeing huge growth. This was great news for coffee growers and roasters all over the world, and it was especially exciting for those in the know, who could look forward to even more opportunities to make a name for themselves.
So, how did Sprudge uncover this scoop and break the news to the world? Simple! Thanks to the miracle of artificial intelligence, which some are calling AI.
A new website called Narrative Device will create a paragraph-long story with any two thematic inputs you give it. This is what “breaking news” and “specialty coffee” gets you (one of the answers anyway). Narrative Device is the work of Rodolfo Ocampo, a Mexican-born PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales in Australia, that explores “creative augmentation using AI and human-AI creative collaboration,” per the website. Using text data from across the internet, the AI has been “trained” to create an opening paragraph based on any two inputs it receives. Ocampo’s idea is to see how humans can draw inspiration for stories from an AI-generated starting point.
Here’s the start of another story about Sprudge’s intrepid spokesbeans Buzzy and Spesh:
Buzzy and Spesh were always one in the same. They would sit in the back of the store, giggling and sharing funny stories. They were always the life and soul of the party, and everyone loved them.
This is weirdly accurate.
It’s an interesting concept, and in practice, a rather addicting one. We here at Sprudge have spent the better part of an hour inputting any and all combinations of “coffee”, “sprudge”, “espresso”, “pour-over”, “Buzzy”, “specialty coffee”, “Starbucks”, “social media”, and just about anything else we can think of. You can try it to–it’s like coffee news madlibs on three shots of anerobic gesha.
Of course you don’t have to give it coffee inputs. There’s literally tens of other things in the world that aren’t coffee like… what’s that stuff you put in espresso to make a cappuccino? I dunno, it’ll come to me, but you could use that. The possibilities are as endless as the number of ways you know to say “coffee”.
And if you’re having fun putzing around on Narrative Devices on a Friday afternoon, running out the clock instead of working, maybe consider throwing a few bucks Ocampo’s way. You can do it on, where else, but buymeacoffee.com.
Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.