Behind the Paywall
digital, 2021
Designer, Developer
Andreas Refsgaard

Do you hate clicking an article only to find the majority of the text hidden behind a paywall?

Behind the Paywall is an art experiment that employs artificial intelligence to dream up the unseen content of articles hidden behind paywalls.

A text generating model tries to complete a given article using its headline and lead as its input. The model has been trained on thousands of old articles from The New York Times. With this training, it’s able to output a surprisingly convincing article using just the snippets of text not hidden by the paywall.

Read more about the project here.

See Behind the Paywall in action

Below are three fake news articles generated by our model.

Fake new york times article
Fake new york times article
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