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AI now tells your kids bedtime stories

The problem with Blue it’s that there isn’t enough of it. Even with 151 seven-minute episodes of the popular animated children’s show, parents of young children are still desperately waiting for Australian studio Ludo to release another season. The only way to get more Blue faster is if they create their own stories featuring the Brisbane-based blue-heeled dog family.

Luke Warner did it with generative AI. The London-based developer and father used OpenAI’s latest tool, customizable bots called GPT, to create a story generator for his young daughter. The bot, which he calls Bluey-GPT, starts each session by asking people their name, age and a few details about their day, then produces personalized stories featuring Bluey and his sister Bingo. “He names her school, the neighborhood she lives in and talks about how cold it is outside,” Warner says. “It makes it more real and more engaging.”

The main version of ChatGPT has, since its launch last year, allowed you to write a story for children, but GPTs allow parents (or anyone, really) to narrow the topic and start with prompts specific, such as a child’s name. This means that anyone can generate personalized stories featuring their child and their favorite character, meaning no one needs to wait for Ludo to release new content.

That said, the AI-produced stories are nowhere as good as the series itself and raise legal and ethical concerns. At the moment, OpenAI GPTs are only available to those with a Plus or Enterprise account. The company has suggested that they could be rolled out to other users, but as custom agents are seen as one of the concerns that led to the company’s recent board-level drama, and given that Researchers have reported privacy issues with GPTs, this publication could be a way out. (OpenAI has not yet responded to requests for comment on this story.)

When Warner built his GPT in early November, he did so with the intention of publishing it on the GPT Store that OpenAI had in the works. This never happened. Just five days after advertising Bluey-GPT on Instagram, he received a takedown notice from OpenAI, which disabled public sharing of GPT. Warner knew that using Bluey as the basis for his GPT would be difficult, so he wasn’t surprised. Trademarked names and images are almost always banned, but the laws surrounding stories “written” by AI are murky — and Warner’s Bluey bedtime stories are just the beginning.

Unpacking which laws applying is not easy: Warner is based in the UK, OpenAI is in the US and Ludo is in Australia. Fictional characters can be copyrighted in the UK and US, but it’s more complicated in Australia, where simply naming one character cannot constitute infringement without including others elements of the work.

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