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Someone made a robot that writes new episodes of Friends and it’s kind of brilliant

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Nick Pope
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When Friends co-writer Marta Kauffman slammed the lid on returning to the series last week, it seemed like the final nail in the coffin.

But it turns out that a new series could go ahead after all – even without its writers.

Cartoonist and Twitter person @_Pandy has discovered a way of making computer generated Friends scripts, and the results are stunningly insane.

Explaining the process, he said: “I fed a recurrent neural network with the scripts for every episode of friends and it learned to generate new scenes”

Yeah, we’ve got no idea what a ‘recurrent neural network’ is either, but what we do know is that it’s responsible for Jean-Claude Van Damme uttering the immortal line: "I'll go in a crap", so it's clearly the greatest invention of the 21st century.

Check the bafflingly awesome scripts out below…