Roses are red, violets are blue, algorithms can write poetry, and they’re starting to sound like you!
Well, that’s our best attempt at becoming the next Shakespeare. While we likely won’t ever reach that height of poetic mastery, artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to learn how to.
According to a paper by researchers at Microsoft and professors at Kyoto University, they taught a machine how to create poetry that was thought to be human-written by online human judges. To create a poem, the algorithm had to make associations between images and text. To achieve this, the AI was exposed to thousands of images juxtaposed with human-written descriptions and poems about each image. The final results were pretty amazing:
Where we can go
The sun is singing in the forest rain
And the mist is the sound of the sea
And the soul is the golden sun
And the light of God is gone
The AI’s lyrics are deep and meaningful, transcribing a picture not just literally, but metaphorically:
I am a coal-truck
by a broken heart
I have no sound
the sound of my heart
I am not
Here are some other epic poems written by this algorithm: