Artificial Poets May Take Us One Step Closer to Computational Creativity

Could computers ever be truly creative? Sarah Harmon, a computer programmer at UC Santa Cruz, has made great strides in building an artificial intelligence that can write believably human poetry, which may be a step towards computational creativity.Harmon’s first poetry writing program, a Java program named OGDEN, was relatively simple, following predefined rules of grammar and linguistics in order to write lines that sound vaguely poetic. Poetry is extremely subjective, however, so in spite of the program’s crudeness, its work was still accepted to her high school’s literary magazine.  “They accepted it,” Harmon told Motherboard, “although they did say all these funny things about how abstract it was.” But Harmon aims to create an AI that is more sophisticated than a poetry generator that serves as a silly satire on postmodernism. She…


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