This week we have something that may or may not require a bit of effort (clearly not what you need if you’re recovering from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations but nonetheless). Google have gone ahead and created an area where you can write something, or if you’re feeling lazy, copy and paste something into. However, while you write, your text can be added to and edited by none other than Friedrich Nietzsche, William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe. It seems creepy, but I think on the scale of 1 to Hatsune Miku (whose body and voice are completely computer generated) or even that Galaxy ad featuring Audrey Hepburn, it is pretty okay. I copied and pasted the first few lines of The Philosophers Stone just so you can see what the authors added or took away.
“Lord Dursley as well as Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive an hour behind the fleeting breath, A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. , were proud to assuredly declare that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to zealously be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”
We were doing well with Shakespeare adding “Lord” and “zealously” and Allen Poe’s addition of “as well as” and “assuredly declare”. Dickinson slightly missed the context of “drive” with her addition after the word. Nietzsche on the other hand, commandeered the entire narrative with “a good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends”.
Admittedly it is not as perfect as it should be, but that is part of the fun. I know I have gotten a giggle out of it at times due to some of the edits. If you want to present your work to these virtual authors you can do so here. Just don’t use it as a tool to put any important essays through to be corrected! (Also does this mean I still have a job? – Ed).