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1st full-length S. Korean novel written by AI to be published next week

All News 15:35 August 20, 2021

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's first full-length novel written by artificial intelligence (AI) will hit the shelves next week, its publisher said Friday.

Parambook publishing company said the novel, written by an AI writer named Birampung, will be published Wednesday under a title roughly translated as "The World from Now On" in English.

Birampung has been co-developed by local AI startup Dapumda and natural language processing company Namaesseu.

Kim Tae-yeon, a writer and a computer science expert, directed the AI to write the novel through deep learning process after he outlined the novel's theme, background and characters, according to the publisher.

The book will be the first feature-length novel written by AI for Korean readers, it said. The world's first-ever AI-written novel was published in Russia in 2008.

"Until now, only ultra-short stories have been written by AI in South Korea and Japan," the publisher said, suggesting the upcoming novel may be the world's first AI-written novel with a "proper narrative."

The novel tells the story of five protagonists -- a disabled mathematician, entrepreneur, psychiatrist, astrophysicist and Buddhist monk -- trying to figure out the secrets of human existence.

This photo, provided by Parambook publishing company on Aug. 20, 2021, shows "The World From Now On," the first AI-written novel in South Korea. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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