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Autobiographer’s AI-powered app allows users to effortlessly tell and document their life story

By Vaseline May31,2024

Artificial intelligence can now automatically create someone’s autobiography by simply asking someone questions about their life, all within an application that is said to be the latest AI venture from startup Autobiographer.

The company is experimenting in a controversial area where many people are resistant to the idea that AI could take over the role of writing, art and other creative pursuits.

In Autobiographer, however, the AI ​​helps the user tell their story in their own words and then compiles it into an output that can be exported as a PDF and potentially bound and printed in the future. In other words, it functions more as a partner than as a sole creator.

The software may not replace expertly written stories, but it can be useful for recording friendships or family history, or for creating a keepsake for your children.

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Founding autobiographers

According to Tech Crunch, Matt Bowman, the CEO and co-founder of Autobiographer, sees the app as a means to leave a legacy for his godchildren. Bowman was stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving in the Army Special Forces before joining Facebook in the Bay Area. So he has experienced losses that have affected his view of the world.

Bowman worked with James Barnes, who had also worked at Facebook during the 2016 and 2018 elections. Barnes was one of the first to recognize the problems with the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal, which resulted in his participation in multiple depositions and subpoenas.

He later left Facebook to launch a Super PAC to challenge Trump. While experimenting with OpenAI’s GPT-3, he discovered that artificial intelligence could help him process his own life experiences, including these important events.

AI-generated books

Companies continue to expand applications of artificial intelligence, especially in the creative and manufacturing industries. Last October, authors discovered that AI-generated books were selling on Amazon in 2023.

Specifically, when author Rory Cellan-Jones was browsing the website for his book, he came across a book on Amazon that looked exactly like his memoir. However, upon closer inspection, he discovered that AI software, not a human, had written this biography.

This confused Cellan-Jones, given the difficulties he had in selling autobiographical novels and the sudden appearance of autobiographical books by other authors.

His autobiography, “Ruskin Park: Sylvia, Me and the BBC,” describes his lonely childhood and the complicated dynamics of his relationship with his mother.

The writer was shocked by the book written by AI and thought it was all made up. He drew attention to the passages that depicted the Cellan-Jones family as learned people sitting around a table, led by a benevolent father and a teaching mother.

The case is said to have taken a worrying turn after he received an email from Amazon suggesting he buy the fake book instead of his own.

Cellan-Jones was particularly annoyed by this development, as it appeared that Amazon’s algorithm was giving the fake book more publicity than his carefully produced work. He pointed out that this essentially enabled book spam and suggested it to whoever was most annoyed by it.

At that time, Amazon removed the book, which was written by a mysterious person pseudonymised as “Steven Walryn.” This author produced more than 30 novels, 15 of which were published in one month.

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