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Paranoid Transformer: Reading Narrative of Madness as Computational Approach to Creativity

Future Internet. 2020. Vol. 12. No. 11. P. 1-12.
Agafonova Y., Yamshchikov I. P., Tikhonov A.

This paper revisits the receptive theory in the context of computational creativity. It presents a case study of a Paranoid Transformer—a fully autonomous text generation engine with raw output that could be read as the narrative of a mad digital persona without any additional human post-filtering. We describe technical details of the generative system, provide examples of output, and discuss the impact of receptive theory, chance discovery, and simulation of fringe mental state on the understanding of computational creativity.