H.M.S. Neural Net
One of my favorite things to do with machine learning algorithms is to get them to name things. Give a neural network (a type of machine learning algorithm) enough examples, and it will do an often decent (sometimes howlingly bad) imitation of their letter combinations and patterns, all without the slightest clue what any of it means. I’ve used neural networks to name craft beers, cats, paint colors, pubs, and even guinea pigs.
Here, I trained two neural networks, char-rnn and textgenrnn, on a set of 24,548 boat names, courtesy of Bradley Peterson and a sailor from San Francisco.
Behold the name of your next boat (or next self-aware starship?)
First, the decent/plausible ones:
Bully Of The Water
And for the somewhat more eccentric sea captain:
Sun Of Bear
Ship The Trick
Wart Day Of The Grover
Running A Goose
Pea Fury Song
Fish Of The Dog
Nature Charging Lover
I’m kind of fond of the ones that really do sound like someone trained an AI to write them:
Blue Of The Wind
Sun In The Sun
The Salt, How Are Sons
Arch & Navel
These are available at a discounted rate:
The Shanky Wind
Now, there is an entire OTHER category of ship names, and some of them are spectacular specimens. I am not, however, going to print them here. But if you are a subscriber, you can get them as bonus content.