Humans of New York is one of the biggest blogs online. It provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City. Over time, its success has expanded the blog to feature stories from over twenty different countries. And even spawned a few parody projects. Bots of New York is one of them. However, it's so awesome, it deserves a spotlight of its own.

Bots of New York uses various machine-learning and computer vision programs to generate imaginary people. All the steps of image and caption generation are automated (outside of initial model training), and it's lowkey one of the most advanced bots running online just for the heck of it.

The person behind the project calls themselves Botmin. They're rather private and tend to avoid the press, so not much is known about the page. But the community around it really makes up for it. Not only do they eagerly discuss every new upload, but their comments also contribute to the ever-changing lore of the 'show'. In fact, the people who follow Bots of New York are so engaged in it, you'd think they're Botmin's digital creations too. But they're real. Probably.

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Sally Appleton
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4 weeks ago

It looks like she was down there for several centuries

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The primary reason why Botmin created Bots of New York wasn't mockery. "I started doing the bot to learn more about bots and advances in natural language generation," they told Bored Panda. "Then it started making me laugh pretty regularly so I kept doing it to entertain myself."

Eventually, the community started growing and making them laugh even more than the posts.

"As for tech, its a bit complicated but the core of the caption generation is a natural language model called GPT-2. I use variations of the medium and large models, finetuned on the entire Humans of New York captions corpus, updated regularly," Botmin explained.

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Truth Monster
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4 weeks ago

Yes, please, take your meds

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The GPT-2 model (a successor to GPT) was trained to predict the next word in 40GB of Internet text. However, due to its developers' concerns about malicious applications of the technology, they didn't release the model to the public. As an experiment in responsible disclosure, they released a much smaller model for researchers like Botmin to experiment with. If you want to give this model a writing prompt, you can see how it is able to complete your text here.

Coming back to Bots of New York, let's just hope nobody will make them into actual humanoids. We already have too many soulless economists and clueless politicians.

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Truth Monster
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4 weeks ago

This sounds like the plot to an M. Night Shamylan movie....

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 weeks ago

TLDR

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GG
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4 weeks ago (edited)

"All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die"

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Jo Choto
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4 weeks ago

We watched a man get shot. I laughed so hard I actually choked.

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 weeks ago

That's deep

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Marshk
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4 weeks ago

"I think I'm finally at peace with life being meaningless" is maybe the deepest thing I've heard all day.

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cassiushumanmother
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4 weeks ago

NO ONE should ever crush a baguette, that's a felony, a crime against humanity. As a french i want to sue this bot for even thinking of doing that to a poor baguette who has done nothing to him.

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Brandy Grote
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4 weeks ago

Trump campaign, basically.

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Jo Choto
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4 weeks ago

I've never read the real people of New York, but I think it would be a disappointment after these.

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Ruby McPherosn
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4 weeks ago

I think the AI takes drugs...

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Jo Choto
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4 weeks ago

These are without doubt the funniest things I've ever seen on the internet.

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Adam Francis
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4 weeks ago

Wtf

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tuzdayschild
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4 weeks ago

I don't have the heart to tell him Waldo's funeral was 3 weeks ago.

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Damon Gates
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4 weeks ago

Having goals isn't always a good thing.

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tuzdayschild
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4 weeks ago

I do not joke about pajama rash.

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FurryManiac
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4 weeks ago

I will say this in a conversation someday just to mess with that persons head

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LittleMissLotus
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4 weeks ago

Somehow I feel like somebody somewhere actually believes this

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tuzdayschild
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4 weeks ago

"Even the best kept secret has a time limit" is my new motto. Eventually, I will find out.

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Sally Appleton
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4 weeks ago

Relatable

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Jennifer Gould
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4 weeks ago

BEST BURN EVER!

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Jo Choto
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4 weeks ago

And this is how all the big life decisions are made.

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LittleMissLotus
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4 weeks ago

But it sounds like before that you discovered LSD....

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LittleMissLotus
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4 weeks ago

What the fresh hell did I just read

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David Martin
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3 weeks ago

Well at least his math checks out. I'll be using the phrase "There's a 99.99% chance that it's a 100% no brainer" often now

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MoodyBlue
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3 weeks ago

Why so much hate towards the birds?

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Ice cube
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1 week ago

um no thanks

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Christa-Mari Bentham
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4 weeks ago

I totally get it, cuz 2020 sucks!

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Murphy Dyess
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2 weeks ago

Too much chin!

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