Matthew Zapruder has written "Why Poetry." Matthew Zapruder has written "Why Poetry." Matthew Zapruder makes the case for poetry's accessibility and necessity in his debut work of nonfiction, "Why Poetry" (Ecco, $24.99). "The true meaning of a poem isn't hidden in a textbook," he writes. "It comes to be, each time, in the mind of each half-dreaming reader."
As if the world weren't already full enough of awful human poetry, now the robot overlords want in. Researchers from Microsoft and Kyoto University were interested in whether they could invent an AI that writes poetry inspired from images, "generating poems to satisfy both relevance to the image and poeticness in language level." Some of the poems produced are pretty objectively abysmal. Here's one inspired by a photo of a dead crab: "and now i am tired of my own "i have been a great city Researchers ran the poetry past actual humans to see if they could spot it was machine generated. Both poetry experts and uncultured swine (like myself) were tested, and it resulted in "competitive confusion to both ordinary annotators and experts."
As discussed in several of the contributed articles in this book, the Turing test was devised by Alan Turing as a way of certifying machine intelligence. Turing described a situation in which a human judge communicates with both a computer and a human using a computer terminal. The judge's task is to determine which is which. The judge cannot see the computer or the human and must make his or her determination by interviewing both. The computer attempts to trick the judge into selecting it as the human.
Hi everyone, its been quite awhile since I've posted. I have a number of great things in the works, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, I'd like to tell you a story about how I developed another kind of artificial intelligence. This AI can create poetry indistinguishable from real poets. The real Turing Test of this AI was to get it accepted to a literary journal, which was accomplished - this poetry was successfully accepted into a literary journal at a prestigious university.