An AI program just wrote part of the next Game of Thrones book

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      It's kind of a running joke among readers that author George R.R. Martin takes an extremely long time to complete books in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

      Although it's been hinted at that fans might see next book The Winds of Winter in 2018, it pays to not get one's hopes up, if past behaviour is anything to go by. Remember, there was a six-year gap between the publication of A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. And there looks to be at least a similar wait time between the fifth and sixth books.

      Being impatient just like the rest of us, software engineer Zack Thoutt has created an artificial-intelligence program to predict the events of the eagerly awaited, unfinished sixth novel. Using the 5,376 pages of the first five books in the series as source material, the program has written five predicted chapters.

      The chapters themselves contain gems like "Lady Donella length of a longsword, the hair that went ready to climb side from her. And all between them were belaquo bonebreaker and the night’s watch ride in their room. Only he could not look at them, even others sure."

      Something tells me Martin won't be calling Thoutt for writing tips anytime soon.

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