SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) – Korea’s first artificial intelligence (AI) novel was released on Wednesday, its creator and publisher announced.
“The World From Now”, published by Parambook, was written by an AI author named Birampung under the direction of novelist and mathematician Kim Tae-yon.
The 560-page book tells the story of five people – a handicapped amateur mathematician, a math teacher and entrepreneur, a psychiatrist, an astrophysicist and a Buddhist monk – who are drawn to each other in their individual quests for understand the meaning of human existence.
“I decided to start this project out of desperation in the face of the repetitive nature of writing,” Kim said at a press conference marking the release of her book. “I didn’t want to pass the repetition on to future generations.”
Kim has already published five full novels and two math novels. An engineering graduate with a minor in Korean literature, the director was also a member of the committee at the 12th International Congress on Mathematics Education.
Publishing his latest book, Kim said he chose the script, background and characters and delegated most of the writing to Birampung, a name that refers to a severe storm. which strikes at the beginning and at the end of the creation of the universe.
Kim was reluctant to share details of the technology involved, saying it was sensitive information. But he compared his work to that of a film director, claiming that he gave Birampung “orders” and that after checking the results, he made the necessary adjustments for a “revival”.
“Birampung’s handwriting hardly needs any correction,” Kim said. “He is clear and uses certain techniques. Above all, he has an incredible ability to extract specific details from his acquired knowledge.”
The AI author was fed around 1,000 pounds, some of which were from Kim, according to the director.
Sometimes, however, Birampung went into too much detail or used exaggerated expressions.
“That’s when the director has to step in and say, ‘Hey, that’s not what I meant,'” Kim said, noting that the book took seven years.
Parambook, the publisher, claimed the book could be the first “real” full-length novel written by AI after more crass attempts in Russia in 2008 and Japan in 2016.
Preliminary discussions are underway with a publisher in Japan to translate the book into Japanese.
Kim said he was ready to have it translated into other languages as well.
“I put all my talent into this job,” he said. “I really put my life into it.”