Without waiting for Martin, a fan of “Game of Thrones” created his own version of “Winds of Winter” and “Dreams of Spring” with the help of AI
The neural network adequately coped with the development of the overall storyline.
Liam Swain, a programming professional, took advantage of ChatGPT to create the last two volumes of George Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire, namely The Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring. Developer emphasized : AI impressed with its performance, but it is not able to completely replace the skill of human authors, at least for today. Project available on GitHubwhere those who wish can familiarize themselves with two books.
In dialogue with IGN, Swain detailed his creative approach. By initiating the work of ChatGPT, he tasked the AI to frame the future events for the first chapter of The Winds of Winter. This procedure was repeated for 45 chapters, after which the “raw” sketches were transferred to the neural network for processing in order to refine them. Ultimately, these enriched sketches served as the basis for the creation of chapters, where each point of the sketch turned into a separate scene.
Swain expressed his appreciation for ChatGPT, noting that the neural network has demonstrated an impressive ability to take in a huge number of characters in a book and build complex storylines for them. Swain mentioned Illyrio Mopatis as an example: the AI included the character in the first few paragraphs of the book, then Illyrio disappeared for a while, returning for one scene with Varys, before disappearing again. At the same time, ChatGPT is able to remember Illyrio and harmoniously fit him into the plot where his presence was justified.
Unfortunately, the digital creation could not fully master the edge of creativity inherent in Martin – mercilessly taking the lives of his favorite heroes. Despite the abundance of death episodes presented by ChatGPT, not a single “exciting” loss was found in the two books.
However, despite this, the neural network adequately coped with the development of the overall storyline. Swain shares his thoughts on how the AI skillfully uncovers the betrayal of Jon Connington, who stands up to Daenerys Targaryen, in one of the chapters. This moment became one of his best reading choices in the AI-generated version of the books. And in Dreams of Spring, the AI conceived for Bran a prophecy about the North Wall, not just a physical barrier, but also a mystical shield that holds back the power of the Night King. According to Swain, this fits perfectly into the Martin universe.
Swain acknowledges that this project has made his thoughts “more optimistic about the future of writers and AI”:
“This project proves that powerful language models such as ChatGPT can take into account hundreds of pages of text when creating a narrative solution, which can help authors quickly fill in plot gaps. But he also showed that AI can only repeat what has already been done many times before. This project made me confident that artificial intelligence will not be able to create unique literary masterpieces in the near future. To my surprise, I became more confident than before starting this project that writers who are able to make unexpected creative decisions are irreplaceable.”