Google's AI Has Written Some Really Sad, Weird Poetry

By Gary Cutlack on at

Google's AI researchers have made a genuine sad modern internet person just like one of us, by feeding their routine endless crappy romance novels and having it make a shot at writing poems.

In a paper called paper Generating Sentences from a Continuous Space [PDF] the science is revealed, with a team from the Google Brain division feeding their AI with around 11,000 novels from various genres -- including unpublished fantasy and romance material -- then giving it a couple of sentences as beginning and end points and having it come up with what should go in between.

The result is some weird poetry that could pass for the lyrics of the new Stone Roses song:

it made me want to cry.
no one had seen him since.
it made me feel uneasy.
no one had seen him.
the thought made me smile.
the pain was unbearable.
the crowd was silent.
the man called out.
the old man said.
the man asked.

The first and last sentences were given to the AI and it contributed the rest. It's all part of an attempt to make a computer what talks like what we talk in all broken weird sentences and that like this one, so that it might one day deliver better targeted adverts to people talking in regional accents. We think. [Quartz via Android Authority]

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