Through my internship last semester, me and Andreas Refsgaard created this fun project called Booksby.ai. Our initial thoughts was to make a website filled with AI-generated items to confuse the visitor and provoke status quo by showcasing the capabilities of state-of-the-art ML models.
After some brainstorming and playing around with different models and datasets, we decided to make an online bookshop, where ALL content would be generated by AI.
That is, author names, book titles, descriptions of the books, reviews, reviewers, book covers, the actual content and the prizes would be made by ML algorithms.
We ended up having a lot of fun and learning quite a lot about the different state-of-the-art text and image ML modelsout there.
Booksby.ai became an online bookstore which sells science fiction novels. As described on the website:
Through training, the artificial intelligence has been exposed to a large number of science fiction books and has learned to generate new ones that mimic the language, style and visual appearance of the books it has read.
None of the stories, titles, descriptions, book covers or reviews related to any of the books on Booksby.ai has been written or designed by humans.
All books on Booksby.ai are for sale on Amazon.com and can be ordered as printed paperbacks.
Images of people reviewing the books were created using transparent latent gan.
A model that calculated prices for the generated books was made using ml5js.org regression with feature extractor and training data (book covers + prices) from Amazon.com.