An artificial intelligence is incapable of original thought — at least for now. What it can do, however, is collate information in new ways, resulting in a creation that seems original.
This is how Scheherazade, an artificial intelligence developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, works. Named after the storytelling heroine of 1001 Arabian Nights fame, Scheherazade spins interactive fiction of the choose-your-own-adventure variety, with a huge number of branching paths the reader can follow.
This is not the first time an AI has developed game scenarios where player choices determine the outcome; the difference is that Scheherazade uses crowdsourcing to remove the limitations on the number of scenarios that can develop.