Machine Wants to Know
Machine Wants to Know is a neural-network trained on questions from Quora, under the categories Human Behavior, Life and Living, Self-Improvement, Philosophy of Everyday Life, Psychology of Everyday Life, Dating and Relationships, Social Psychology, Emotions – all the stuff that makes us human. The bot is an exploration in juxtaposing the softer side of being human with discrete and rational computing. Quora has become a platform where people feel comfortable with making themselves vulnerable – what patterns can a machine pick up and capture on the general sentiments?
The machine was trained on 100k questions, collected over a period of 2 months by semi-automated methods, and then the questions were posted on Tumblr. Unexpectedly, humans started responding to the questions, closing the loop.
The machine was trained with a recurrent neural network, using word-rnn. The full data-set, parameters used to train and sample, and the unedited list of generated questions can be found here. Training was carried out on datasets of 600kb, 2.2mb and 7.2mb (~100k questions).