Indent Labs is a collection of ambitious natural language processing projects aimed squarely at moonshots in the field of writing, particularly at the intersection of artificial intelligence and creativity.
The first word processor showed up in the 60's and revolutionized writing through technology, but new tools for authors have largely stagnated since then — even as we've seen a renaissance of creative tooling made available to other disciplines.
Isn't it about time for another shift forward?
Your new digital notebook grows and collaborates with you as you create magnificent universes — and everything within them.
Create a universe and track every aspect of its characters, locations, items, and more. Our AI writing assistant asks questions about your content, helping you dive deeper than ever into your world.
Every day, a new fictional creature is automatically generated by artificial intelligence and made available for authors to claim as their own.
These claimed creatures are free to use in creative projects and are great for filling out your fictional worlds with new, interesting species.
These projects were originally developed to be paid products, but have since been open-sourced and released fully for anyone to use or modify in any way they wish, for free.
Dactyl provides on-demand linguistic fingerprinting capable of authorship detection and baseline comparisons with a super-simple API, useful for any linguistic analysis application to utilize.
Practical applications include plagiarism detection, real-time stylistic guidance while writing, authorship prediction, and improvements to Retort's personalized style mirroring.
Retort's simple natural-language-generation-as-a-service interface enables any application to generate natural responses to given dialogue or written prompts.
With over three million word associations and one million online identities indexed, Retort is capable of generating believable, context-driven text for any situation.
These projects are still in active development. They may or may not ever see the light of day—in other words, whether we can get the cutting-edge tech behind them working well—but they're here to give you an idea of the kind of projects we're working on.
Asimov needs a better phrase than "word processor", but that's a great start to explaining its functionality. Besides all the usual functionality, this editor also does entity recognition to figure out who, where, when, and what you're writing about and can show unobtrusive contextual information that's relevant to what you're writing about—without breaking your flow.
Nearly 50% of most first- and second-pass copy editing corrections happen repeatedly and can be automated with a simple set of rules built on linguistic analysis.
Project Autoreview aims not to replace copy and line editors, but rather to augment their workflow and free up their time from small corrections to be able to focus on more complex critique that makes great stories even better.
Ghost is a web-based editor for ghostwriters and niche writers that builds off of our rich linguistic fingerprinting. Pick a target author and see in real time—as you write!—how similar your writing style is to theirs, and what suggestions Ghost has to match them even closer.
Unfortunately, these projects didn't work out. They'd still be awesome goals to accomplish one day, but right now the technology just isn't there.
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Indent Labs is a decentralized, asynchronous team of open source contributors and volunteers. Some contributors may not be shown here; you can always see an up-to-date list of contributors on GitHub.
We're trying to make writing better and we're doing that with open-source code. If you'd like to help out, feel free to make a donation through our Patreon!