Using AI to write bedtime stories


OpenAI released ChatGPT as a hook for dialogue using its own GPT-3 large language model. I used it to write a children’s story.

Once ChatGPT is commercially available expect to see a flurry of AI generated children’s books. It is ideal for generating live content in a variety of tones and voices

I produced a short bedtime story with OpenAI ChatGPT and even asked it to create the prompt for the DALL-E images. The entire thing was AI generated.

Once the API is made public it would be trivial to write a simple tool to create personalised stories that are unique to every person and then hook in to an on demand printing service.

It could also be used for writing speeches, essays and articles that don’t require any investigation or interviews.

For the “good enough” and customisation markets this is going to kill parts of the gig economy – unless those offering services like that learn to use generative AI and adapt.

The link is to the quickly compiled ebook from this story made entirely by AI – that I plan to read to my two year old tonight (his favourite song is twinkle twinkle little star).

It does raise questions of style and format rights – although less so with stories linked to a classical format.

Twinkle the friendly star 

Once upon a time, in a faraway galaxy, there was a little star named Twinkle. Twinkle was the smallest star in the sky, but she was also the friendliest. 

Every night, Twinkle would twinkle and shine brightly, and whenever anyone looked up at her and sang, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star,” Twinkle would wave back.

One night, a little girl named Eve looked up at the sky and saw Twinkle shining brightly. She sang, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.” And to Eve’s surprise, Twinkle waved back at her.

Eve was so excited that she ran inside to tell her mother. “Mommy, Mommy, there’s a star outside that waved back at me!” she said.

Her mother smiled and said, “That must be Twinkle, the friendly little star. She waves back at everyone who sings to her.”

Eve was amazed and went outside every night to sing to Twinkle and see her wave back. She even sang Twinkle’s song to her friends at school, and they all looked up at the sky and waved at Twinkle too.

Twinkle was so happy to have so many friends who sang to her and waved. She twinkled and shone even brighter, and everyone who saw her smiled and felt happy.

And so, Twinkle the friendly little star continued to wave back at everyone who sang to her, and she brought joy and happiness to all who looked up at the night sky.

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