Duck reading


What does this site do?

wiki-storytime is my personal project to produce stories for kids about real-world events, without making them too dry or detail-focused. I wanted to take the awesome articles on Wikipedia and distill them down to something that I can read to my kid at night.

How does it work?

This site links user searches to Wikipedia articles, and then passes them to GPT3.5 for rewriting in a style appropriate for kids.

How much does it cost to run?

Between usage on AWS Lambda / API Gateway and OpenAI's GPT3.5 Turbo API, my best guess is that each new story costs between 0.5 and 2 cents.

How safe is it?

There's some very strong prompt engineering to dissuade discussion of inappropriate topics, but no ironclad guarantee can be provided.

Why does it take so long to generate some stories while others are produced quickly?

Generating a page or more of text can take 30+ seconds, even with the fastest text generation APIs from OpenAI. If you get a result quickly, it usually means that someone has searched for the same topic and we can return results faster via caching.

Will this site ever read the stories aloud?

Emphatically no. I made this project to encourage more people to read to their kids, not to let the computer do it for them.

Where can I provide feedback?

You can email me at c krapu at gmail. There's no spaces in my email address.