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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5 months 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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5 months 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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5 months ago

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

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Jo Choto
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5 months 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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5 months ago

TLDR

Sally Appleton
Community Member
5 months ago

Cocaine

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tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

"from stain to shame" I am dying

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

Now I'm laughing so hard I've given myself a cramp.

Damon Gates
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5 months ago

Clearly a bot with a cocaine problem.

LittleMissLotus
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5 months ago

There is so much going on in this post I don't even know where to begin

Alex Newell
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5 months ago

Start at the cot...

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David Martin
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5 months ago

Is anyone else picturing a televangelist emphatically spouting this out to a congregation?

Shawn Barry
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5 months ago

some Alice in Wonderland shit there

juice
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5 months ago

so basically everyone uses cocaine

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
1 month ago

I was sure not expecting that picture at the end,

QueenoftheSquids
Community Member
3 months ago

Hmmmmm I would like to take part in that last tradition

John-Paul Bitler
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5 months ago

This one FTW

Emily Davis
Community Member
5 months ago

That bot isn't taking cocaine. It's taking something, but it's not cocaine.

C Hypercube
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5 months ago

2021 Pulizer Prize winner.

Dianna Siever
Community Member
5 months ago

Bot is broken

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GG
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5 months ago (edited)

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

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
5 months ago

That's deep

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Marshk
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5 months 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
Community Member
5 months 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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5 months ago

Trump campaign, basically.

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Jo Choto
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5 months 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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5 months ago

I think the AI takes drugs...

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Jo Choto
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5 months 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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5 months ago

Wtf

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tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

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

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Damon Gates
Community Member
5 months ago

Having goals isn't always a good thing.

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tuzdayschild
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5 months ago

I do not joke about pajama rash.

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FurryManiac
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5 months 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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5 months ago

Somehow I feel like somebody somewhere actually believes this

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
5 months 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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5 months ago

Relatable

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Jennifer Gould
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5 months ago

BEST BURN EVER!

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Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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LittleMissLotus
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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LittleMissLotus
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5 months ago

What the fresh hell did I just read

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David Martin
Community Member
5 months 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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5 months ago

Why so much hate towards the birds?

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Ice cube
Community Member
5 months ago

um no thanks

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Christa-Mari Bentham
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5 months ago

I totally get it, cuz 2020 sucks!

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Murphy Dyess
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5 months ago

Too much chin!

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