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  JK Rowling must be thanking Dumbledore that she has her Cormoran Strike
series to fall back on, after a predictive keyboard wrote a new Harry Potter
story using her books and it became the funniest thing on the internet.
          After the team fed the seven Harry Potter novels through their predictive
text keyboard, it came up with a chapter from a new Harry Potter story: Harry
Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. It is worth
          “Magic: it was something that Harry Potter thought was very good.” Well,
that’s not wrong. And the following sounds plausibly Pottery: “Leathery sheets
of rain lashed at Harry’s ghost as he walked across the grounds towards the
castle. Ron was standing there and doing a kind of frenzied tap dance.”
          So far, so Ron. But then:
          “He saw Harry and immediately began to eat Hermione’s family. Ron’s Ron
shirt was just as bad as Ron himself.“
          ‘If you two can’t clump happily, I’m going to get aggressive,’ confessed
the reasonable Hermione.”
          It continues in this vein: almost making sense, but mostly just gloriously
bonkers, like: “To Harry, Ron was a loud, slow, and soft bird. Harry did not
like to think about birds.” And my favourite: “They looked at the door,
screaming about how closed it was and asking it to be replaced with a small orb.
The password was ‘BEEF WOMEN,’ Hermione cried.”
          Botnik describes itself as “a human-machine entertainment studio and
writing community”, with members including former Clickhole head writer Jamie
Brew, and former New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff. The predictive text
keyboard is its first writing tool – it works, Botnik explains, by analysing a
body of text “to find combinations of words likely to follow each other” based
on the grammar and vocabulary used.
          “We use computational tools to create strange new things,” says the company
on its website. “We would like, selfishly, not to replace humanity with
algorithms. instead, we want to find natural ways for people and machines to
interact to create what neither would have created alone.”
          As well as the Potter chapter, Botnik has also created incredible TV
scripts for Scrubs and Seinfeld (“Dating is the opposite of tuna, salmon is the
opposite of everything else. I’m sure you know what I mean,” says Jerry). It’s
tried romance(“Hot guy Jeff is devastatingly sexy and steamy. He’s got a really
simple rule: be the ultimate playboy and get through one day without crying”),
Halloween safety tips (“The Bible says that children love when we dress them
like pumpkins and eat their regular clothes”) and teenage advice columns as
well. All are fabulous.

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