Workshop: How to Use Artificial Intelligence to Create Viral Comedy Content with Jamie Brew (CEO of Botnik)

About this Workshop

Participants can attend live event in NYC or via the video livestream in our private forum — accessible via the web and mobile app. All participants will be given password access to the private forum for live chat with fellow attendees, the Q&A and additional lessons that will be uploaded to the forum.

Overview: Building a Human-Machine Creative Force

“We want to show the world an emerging kind of machine-human creative collaboration that brings us great joy, and that we believe can do the same for billions of others. We use machines to enable new kinds of human creativity. Our community of coders, comedy writers and ordinary citizens working together to explore the wilds of human-machine collaboration.”Jamie Brew (CEO, Botnik)

Recent articles about Jamie and Botnik:

  • The Surreal Comedy Bot That’s Turning AI Into LOL (WIRED)
  • A Former Clickhole Writer Made a ‘Content Bot’ That Will Probably Become My Boss (Motherboard)
  • Can algorithms be funny? Veterans of Clickhole and the New Yorker team up to find out. (Washington Post)

 

Instructor: Jamie Brew, CEO of Botnik

We are increasingly seeing news about companies including brands, advertising agencies and publications, using computational methods (AI, machine learning, predictive analytics) to create content that was once the proud and sole domain of human beings. Forbes, for example, recently announced it is testing an AI tool that writes rough drafts of articles that their contributors can simply “polish up,” rather than the contributors writing a full story from scratch (Forbes Is Building More AI Tools for Its Reporters).

Predictive AI technology is here and it is unquestionably the future. How will collaborating with AI to create original content change how human beings define and express their creativity in the workforce (and how it will change the function of specific creative roles in companies)? Companies are seeing astoundingly positive results with these technologies and in the case with Botnik, the results are exciting, enlightening and downright hilarious.

Founded in October 2016 by Jamie Brew, a former editor for The Onion’s sister comedy site Clickhole, and Bob Mankoff, who considers himself a “comedy futurist” and served as cartoon editor at The New Yorker for two decades, Botnik is a brainstorming tool for various types of creativity. With funding from the Amazon Alexa accelerator program, Brew developed Voicebox, a predictive text keyboard (a responsive, robotic writing partner).

Whereas Botnik is a digital company that specializes in artificial intelligence-assisted interactive comedy, Botnik Studios is a global community of several thousand writers, artists, and developers who experiment with using computational language tools to remix and transform existing content into new stories, screenplays, books, songs and more. Botnik is all about people cooperating with machines, not being replaced or controlled by them. Their numerous projects created with their innovative platform have not only gone viral many times, but they are frequently covered in the media for tapping into a new well of creativity (one where AI and human beings work together).

For this special, one-time only workshop guest instructor, Jamie Brew, will guide attendees through a compelling exercise in collaborative, creative writing with a machine using Botnik’s Voicebox platform. How can AI help us to explore the limits of our human creativity and push beyond them into new domains we never imagined before? How does this translate to business and sustainable revenue models?

Takeaways

This workshop will offer a deep-dive into the human-machine creative collaboration process and provide attendees with an understanding of how this technology is being used in business and how ordinary people are using it to experiment with their creativity. Takeaways include:

  • an overview of the predictive AI landscape today and how it is evolving
  • how Botnik’s founders created these tools and launched a growing startup (with the help of Amazon’s Accelerator program), and lessons they learned
  • the business use-case for predictive AI and how companies are using it
  • how they built a growing human-machine, creative community of thousands of people in under two years
  • how they exceeded their Kickstarter goal to crowdfund their project: THE SONGULARITY – a pop album by humans and machines
  • how to use program to compose ideas with friends or coworkers and then pitch them to each other during “jam” sessions
  • how to experiment with predictive AI to explore your own creativity and ideas and to become familiar with the technology that will undoubtedly be adopted by your employer in the near future (if it hasn’t been already)

There are no prerequisites or specific experience necessary to participate. This workshop is open to everyone.

There will be an exercise including co-creating a comedy script with AI to be completed in our online forum during the workshop. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to access the internet.

Jamie Brew, CEO of Botnik

 

Founded in October 2016 by Jamie Brew, a former editor for The Onion’s sister comedy site Clickhole, and Bob Mankoff, who considers himself a “comedy futurist” and served as cartoon editor at The New Yorker for two decades, Botnik is is a brainstorming tool for various types of creativity. With funding from the Amazon Alexa accelerator program, Brew developed Voicebox, a predictive text keyboard (a responsive, robotic writing partner). Whereas Botnik is a digital company that specializes in artificial intelligence-assisted interactive comedy, Botnik Studios is a global community of several thousand writers, artists, and developers who experiment with using computational language tools to remix and transform existing content into new stories, screenplays, books, songs and more.

Bio to come.

About Botnik

Over the past two years, Botnik’s AI-assisted humor application has used various, popular, human-created texts to recreate work that has resonated so much with the general public, many of their projects (including the Botnik Bitcoin Explainer) have gone viral and received substantial media coverage for their results including:

  • This Harry Potter AI-generated fan fiction is remarkably good (The Verge)

  • The Surreal Comedy Bot That’s Turning AI Into LOL (Wired)

  • Can algorithms be funny? Veterans of Clickhole and the New Yorker team up to find out. (Washington Post)
  • Botnik strikes again with a short Bitcoin explainer made by a predictive text AI that was trained on other Bitcoin explainers. (Motherboard)
  • This Is What Happens When Comedy Writers Collaborate with AI (Vice)

The Botnik creative collective is made up of about 30 writers, artists, and developers who are spread out across the country and the world (literally) and coordinate via Slack and email. Their revenue model is based on selling content to corporations. The Amazon’s Alexa Accelerator program, which they participated in back in 2017, asked Botnik to use their predictive tools to help “humanize” Alexa (Amazon Echo). Botnik has also partnered with CollegeHumor, Funny Or Die and the Onion. Participants can attend live event in NYC or via the video livestream in our private forum — accessible via the web and mobile app. All participants will be given password access to the private forum for live chat with fellow attendees, the Q&A and two additional lessons that will be uploaded to the discussion forum.

The workshop will begin sharply at 6:10PM:

  • 6pm – 6:10pm: sign-in, technology check for live forum
  • 6:10 – 6:15: introduction and instructions by facilitator, Jessica Perez
  • 6:15 – 7:00: presentation lecture by instructor, Jamie Brew
  • 7:00 – 7:10: brief break
  • 7:10 – 7:35: interactive exercise (in class and online), instructor feedback
  • 7:35 – 8:00: Q&A with Jamie

You are welcome to bring food and beverages.

There will be at least one in-class exercises that will take place in our online forum. Please bring a laptop, tablet or other device to access the internet and participate in the exercises.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation via email that will include (1) the physical address of the workshop if you are attending in person, (2) an invitation to join the workshop private forum and livestream instructions, and (3) course materials (links to manifestos, other info and resources) to prepare for the workshop.

If you’re attending the live event, please bring current, valid state or government-issued ID to show building security at the venue.

If you have any questions or need additional information, email us at theteam@tech2025.com.

Thank you!

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Start Time

6:00 pm

February 19, 2019

Finish Time

8:00 pm

February 19, 2019

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