Maya Angelou, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost: all great poets of the last century. Joining them in the canon of modern poetics is Google’s latest Artificial Intelligence project, as it’s learned to write some questionable poetry.
The project hopes to improve the AI’s ability to communicate. The neural network was fed over 11,000 novels – two sentences from each – from which it could generate sentences. It was then asked to fill in the gaps to create its own poetic anthology. The end product has proved super emo.
The AI has definitely picked up on some of the bleaker, drearier tones of the human condition we’ve so eagerly documented in poetry and literature in the last, say, millennia.
A project last year, known as Project Gutenberg, was founded by another Google team, who programmed the AI to replicate and depict the work of deceased authors. It was given sentences to analyse, learn the style and then predict what would have been written next. Another separate project saw researchers teach AI basic conversation from film scripts. It was then able to discuss the mean of life, morality and show aggression with who it was speaking it. When asked the meaning of life, it said: “To live forever”. AI’s deep, man.
Read some of the life-musing, could-annotate-a-pic-from-DeviantArt examples of poetry from Google's AI below:
When the AI doesn't get the girl and it gets a bit murderous:
there is no one else in the world. there is no one else in sight. they were the only ones who mattered. they were the only ones left. he had to be with me. she had to be with him. i had to do this. i wanted to kill him. i started to cry. i turned to him.
"it's all right here. "everything is all right here. "it's all right here. it's all right here. we are all right here. come here in five minutes. "but you need to talk to me now.
The AI's really hungover and contemplating that run to the shop:
amazing, isn't it? so, what is it? it hurts, isnt it? why would you do that? "you can do it. "i can do it. I can't do it. "i can do it. "don't do it. "i can do it. i couldn't do it.