Audiobook fans jump straight to sex scenes using AI

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  • Audible has released an algorithm picks out the steamy sections in novels
  • Users can jumps to scenes including ‘first meeting’ and ‘sexual tension’
  • A typical book will feature five or six scenes that fit into the ten categories
  • The ‘Take Me To The Good Part’ algorithm scans for keywords related to romance

Ellie Zolfagharifard for MailOnline

Artificial intelligence is now letting romance fans ‘skip to the good parts’ of their audiobooks.

Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook firm, is rolling an algorithm picks out the steamy sections of 110 romance titles.

Users can jumps to scenes in ten different categories including ‘first meeting’, ‘sexual tension’ and ‘first kiss’. 

X-rated content is found under ‘Hot Hot Hot’.

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Amazon-owned audiobook firm, is rolling an algorithm that picks out the steamy sections of 110 romance titles  such as EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey (pictured)

Amazon-owned audiobook firm, is rolling an algorithm that picks out the steamy sections of 110 romance titles  such as EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey (pictured)

Amazon-owned audiobook firm, is rolling an algorithm that picks out the steamy sections of 110 romance titles such as EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey (pictured)

TAKE ME TO THE GOOD PART

The ‘Take Me To The Good Part’ algorithm, works by scanning for keywords associated with specific moments.

For instance, a proposal scene may be flagged up by words such as ‘diamond’, ‘ring’ and ‘kneel’,

Audible’s machine-learning also creates a ‘Steaminess Score’, which shows the level of graphic details that a listeners can expect.

Audible could someday use similar algorithms to key passages of classic novels to help English literature students with their studies.

It could also be used on Amazon’s Prime Service to, for instance, take out explicit or violent scenes.

Audible says a typical book will feature five or six scenes that fit into the ten categories.

The ‘Take Me To The Good Part’ algorithm, works by scanning for keywords associated with specific moments.

For instance, a proposal scene may be flagged up by words such as ‘diamond’, ‘ring’ and ‘kneel’.

Audible’s machine-learning also creates a ‘Steaminess Score’, which shows the level of graphic details that a listeners can expect.

The Steaminess Score is an illustrated meter on each page that ranks titles on a one to five scale, labelled Sweet, Simmering, Sizzling, Hot Damn, and O-O-OMG.

O-O-OMG will be used for passages in steamy books such as EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, where the protagonist Anastasia Steele says: ‘Suddenly he grabs me, tipping me across his lap.

‘With one smooth movement, he angles his body so my torso is resting on the bed beside him.’

‘Romance readers are some of the most savvy, enthusiastic, well versed, and devoted fans in the world,’ said Audible Chief Content Officer Andy Gaies.

‘With Audible Romance, we’ve combined the expansive catalogue and impressive tech that make Audible so attractive to begin with in order to create a customised, appealing experience to satisfy the appetite of this voracious audience.’

Audible has a Romance subscription, for which the fast-forward algorithm was created, which gives unlimited access to Audible’s 10,000 titles in the genre,

Users can jumps to scenes in ten different categories including 'first meeting', 'sexual tension' and 'first kiss'. X-rated content is found under 'Hot Hot Hot' (stock image)

Users can jumps to scenes in ten different categories including 'first meeting', 'sexual tension' and 'first kiss'. X-rated content is found under 'Hot Hot Hot' (stock image)

Users can jumps to scenes in ten different categories including ‘first meeting’, ‘sexual tension’ and ‘first kiss’. X-rated content is found under ‘Hot Hot Hot’ (stock image)

Audible Romance also showcases tantalising performances by the finest and steamiest voices on the planet.

Subscribers can enjoy intimate listening experiences with Blair Underwood, Dermot Mulroney, Jesse Metcalfe.

It costs $6.95 a month as an add-on to Audible membership, and $14.95 a month as a standalone service in the US. 

The service is yet to be rolled out in the UK.

‘Audible Romance’s incredible and unique discovery experience was created for romance fans by romance fans with deep knowledge and love of the genre,’ said Audible CFO Cynthia Chu, who leads the data science team responsible for Take Me To The Good Part and the package’s other innovative tech features.

Audible could someday use similar algorithms to highlight key passages of classic novels.

It could also be used on Amazon’s Prime Service to, for instance, take out explicit or violent scenes.

TOP TEN FICTION AUDIOBOOKS ON AUDIBLE.COM

1. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham, narrated by Ari Fliakos (Random House Audio)

2. Origin by Dan Brown, narrated by Paul Michael (Random House Audio)

3. The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea, narrated by Nina Alvamar (Recorded Books)

4. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Glen McCready (Naxos AudioBooks)

5. The Lighthouse Keeper by Cynthia Ellingsen, narrated by Kate Rudd (Brilliance Audio)

6. Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics by Robert Marasco, narrated by R.C. Bray (Blue Heron Audio)

7. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, narrated by Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber (Random House Audio)

8. It by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber (Simon & Schuster Audio)

9. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, narrated by Jennifer Ikeda (Penguin Audio)

10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton (Random House Audio)