Roses are red, violets are blue, algorithms can write poetry, but they’re just as bad as you!
Well, that’s our best attempt at becoming the next Shakespeare. It’s not that bad, guys – at least, AIs can’t do better. Artificial intelligence poetry is not going to surpass human talent anytime soon (as shown by this recently published paper).
That said, Microsoft and Kyoto University taught their poet AI how to trick online judges, making them believe they were reading lines written by a human. Maybe the anti-AI wearable would have helped them distinguish between the two.
To create a poem, the algorithm had to make associations between images and text. To achieve this, the artificial intelligence was exposed to thousand of images, human-written descriptions and poems, and the results were glorious.
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 just as glorious as those poems we all posted on LiveJournal or Myspace back in the day.
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: