n Walks in the Fictional Woods
2023-10-23T03:00:00ZGMT-0600Change your timezone on the schedule page
This paper presents a novel exploration of the interaction between generative AI models, visualization, and narrative generation processes, using OpenAI's GPT as a case study. We look at the question ``Where Does Generativeness Comes From'', which has a simple answer at the intersection of many domains. Drawing on Umberto Eco's ``Six Walks in the Fictional Woods'', we engender a speculative, transdisciplinary scientific narrative using ChatGPT in different roles: as an information repository, a ghost writer, a scientific coach, among others. The paper is written as a piling of plateaus where the titling of each (sub-)section, the ``teaser'' images, the headers, and a biblock of text are strata forming a narrative about narratives. To enrich our exposition, we present a visualization prototype to analyze storyboarded narratives, and extensive conversations with ChatGPT. Each link to a ChatGPT conversation is an experiment on writing where we try to use different plugins and techniques to investigate the topics that, ultimately form the content of this portable document file. Our visualization uses a dataset of stories with scene descriptions, textual descriptions of scenes (both generated by ChatGPT), and images (generated by Stable Diffusion using scene descriptions as prompts). We employ a simple graph-node diagram to try to make a ``forest of narratives'' visible, an example of a vis4gen application that can be used to analyze the output of Large Languange + Image Models.