A Guinea Pig Rescue Center Uses AI To Name Their Adorable Fluffballs
Neural networks are good at a lot of things. The technology is used in a variety of contexts, from finance to self-driving cars. But naming little balls of fluff? That's definitely new and brilliant.
When Janelle Shane, an electrical engineer from UC San Diego- received an unusual Email from the Portland Guinea Pig Rescue center asking: “Have you ever trained a neural network to generate guinea pig names’?, she decided to take on the challenge
The rescue center gave Shane a list of classic guinea pig names – which turns out to be monikers like “Snickers” and “Rascal” – and the list of every guinea pig the center had ever rescued.
Using this data set of examples, Shane set to work creating a neural network based on Andrej Karpathy’s char-rnn opened-sourced code.
The AI uses the letter combinations of the over 600 names she was given and then trains itself to generate more names
Here are some of the AI’s best names for the furry critters:
Fleury White and Stargoon
Popchop & Fuzzable
Bless & Bat
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