Part of the power of a recursive neural network is that the same framework can teach itself to generate text in a huge variety of styles. So far I’ve used it to generate things like recipes, Dr. Who episode titles, D&D spells, story titles, metal band names, Pokemon, and paint colors.
But could the neural network learn to generate names for 1980s American action figure toys?
Trent Troop, an indie toy designer who blogs at therobotmonster.tumblr.com and bmogtoys.tumblr.com and also runs https://www.facebook.com/prizeinsidetoys/, gave me a list of about 3,700 action figures from the 1980s and 1990s, from lines including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony.
I give you: 80′s action figures, designed by neural network. I remember there were lots of ninja toys and battle toys in the 1980s, but I don’t remember the stank-themed toys, to be honest.
Bluck-ing Ding Tark
Stalking Spanking Narlo-tie Dere
Disky Thik Topping Toth Ottamus Prime
Sewer Man with Slagg Light
Battle Command Master Cramp
Blaster with Man Dreads
Battle Battle Action Master Growl Teom
Strawberry Shorttake with Burdball
Princess Backing Punch