Hendrik Strobelt


No = More Time  (2020)

A live demo can be used at https://no-moretime.net .

Our social norms make it hard to use the word “No”. Often, we fear that we will cause feelings of rejections in the recipient of the word. Yet, it is one of the most important words because it rationally clarifies that we do not want to. “No” is essential for saying “yes” to other requests and to have more time for the things we want to do. How about letting a machine throw a very biased dice and let it create a reason why we “must not” or “cannot” ?

Voila, here we use the GPT-2 language model to generate a, sometimes obscure, reason to reject a request. By doing so, we might gain more own time using the art of saying this simple complex word “NO”.