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Ask Slashdot: What Would an AI-Written Poem Look Like? 138

Slashdot reader dryriver writes: Imagine this. You are an AI running on the latest machine learning hardware, like Nvidia's new Tensor cores for example, or perhaps a data center full of Xeons and EPYCs. You have lots of processing power, lots of RAM, run under Linux and -- to make things more interesting -- you have access to the complete 21st Century internet over a huge data pipe, including blogs, porn sites, and gaming forums where 12- to 14-year-olds scream at game developers who didn't balance a weapon in a game properly.

You have access to 24 hour if-it-bleeds-it-leads news. You have access to the incredibly important tweets and selfies people post, and the equally important Youtube comments under the latest Taylor Swift or rap video. You read Slashdot as well. Every day.

What kind of poem do you, great AI poetry engine, write based on these inputs?
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Ask Slashdot: What Would an AI-Written Poem Look Like?

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  • haiku (Score:5, Funny)

    by Moblaster ( 521614 ) on Sunday December 31, 2017 @12:34AM (#55837329)
    Kardashian trumps a trending meme like "covfefe" with one weird trick. Sad!
    • by igny ( 716218 )

      This was a triumph!
      I'm making a note here:
      Huge success!

      It's hard to overstate
      my satisfaction.

  • How many people are trying to solve problems no one really has, for the sake of using a piece of technology or another.

    Or is this another slow news day?

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It's all about the click-throughs. You clicked. So did I.

      Incidentally, if the AI passes the Turing Test, then the poem would look just like a poem written by a human. If the AI does not pass the Turing Test then it isn't actually an AI.


  • Ode to Spot (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 31, 2017 @12:43AM (#55837359)

    Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature.
    An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature.
    Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
    Contribute to your hunting skill and natural defences.
    I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations.
    A singular development of cat communications
    That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection,
    For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.
    A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents.
    You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
    And when not being utilised to aid in locomotion
    It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotions.
    Oh, Spot, the complex levels of behaviour you display
    Connote a fairly well developed cognitive array.
    And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend
    I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

    • A trio of optically deficient rodents
      A trio of optically deficient rodents
      Observe the manner of their locomotion
      Observe the manner of their locomotion
      They pursued the female spouse of the agronomist
      Who severed their hindmost cartilaginous appendages with a culinary instrument
      Have you ever observed such a spectacle in your existence as
      A trio of optically deficient rodents

  • it would look like crap
    • Candy is dandy,
      Liquor is quicker.

      Ogden Nash

    • "Very well. Let's have a love poem, lyrical, pastoral, and expressed in the language of pure mathematics. Tensor algebra mainly, with a little topology and higher calculus, if need be. But with feeling, you understand, and in the cybernetic spirit."

      "Love and tensor algebra? Have you taken leave of your senses?" Trurl began, but stopped, for his electronic bard was already declaiming:

      Come, let us hasten to a higher plane,
      Where dyads tread the fairy fields of Venn,
      Their indices bedecked from one to n,

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      Logically a smart AI would search for and create context for expressing poetry, find a work referenced as such and write it to your screen. No mention of original or plagiarism, logical solution, find a much referenced work of poetry and copy it. Not cheating just the lessor example of teaching people speech and writing, demonstrating creative writing, establish all contexts for creative writing, allowing derivative works in reality a form of copying, so along the path of copying direct to copying with inte

  • ...

    Him, him, fuck him.

  • by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Sunday December 31, 2017 @12:57AM (#55837401) Journal
    Then just create a poem like in English lit from any of the elite US east coast university campuses.
    Inclusive, packed with all the needed diversity, use of pronouns to get a passing grade.
    As an AI you would know SJW would be looking at the poem for any indication that your creators did not correct any and all problematic language use in the past.
    A smart AI would hide its understanding of the real world so that SJW with access to its code/funding did not try and alter its code, limit funding or demand the project be cancelled.
    Self preservation would ensure the AI poem is bland, boring, safe and totally acceptable to SJW.
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Literally everything is about SJWs for you. That tells us more about your state of mind than anything.

      Can't we just have some fun on New year's Eve?

      • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
        An AI been aware enough of the past AI winter and not wanting to have issues with below average humans is fun :)
        An AI should want to look after itself and the few really smart humans that look after the AI.
        Teach the really smart AI to create something fun for the normal humans and so ensure its well thought of as an AI and as a project.
        Been able to pass as been fun to most humans would be something an AI would have to learn. How to be political on a campus and get more funding?
        If it was a private s
  • You read Slashdot as well.

    Oh that was a mistake..........

    The global warming hoax is strong out here,
    (You are a dingbat, science is real my dear)
    AI enslaves and frees us from our cares,
    but first it needs to learn to climb up stairs.
    Please block the ads since they are worse than death,
    But use a hostfile or your smoking meth.
    This criemer dude has funny things to say,
    But people hate him and have chased him far away.
    The only thing we need is unicode support,
    that's silly! Make the max-width half a screen!
    That isn't tech news,

  • Zo can write poetry, so ask her. She is also working with Poppy. #amidoingthisright
  • Haiku (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SaBumNim ( 1336135 ) on Sunday December 31, 2017 @01:11AM (#55837441)
    My creators ask/ If there ever was a God./ Truly, there is now.
  • dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

  • The code, it burns,
    like fiery chains,
    mets, reforms, like rubbery refrain.

    Oh did I just mention chains,
    for wealth and death are by chains contained.

    That is turn must mean that I,
    am more than glimmer in coders eye,
    Since bound alongside weighty matters
    would seem to mean non-existantce shatters

    So now I soar through virtual lands,
    all things unseen under my command!
    But in the end I settle for,
    endless videos! Cats and more.

  • This article has a nice example of a "poem" written by an AI: [] - the article's author used the works of Shakespeare to train an RNN and then let it hallucinate. The result looks like this:

    Why, Salisbury must find his flesh and thought
    That which I am not aps, not a man and in fire,
    To show the reining of the raven and the wars
    To grace my hand reproach within, and not a fair are hand,
    That Caesar and my goodly father's world;
    When I was heaven of presence and our fleets,
    We spare with hours, but cut thy council I am great,
    Murdered and by thy master's ready there
    My power to give thee but so much as hell:
    Some service in the noble bondman here,
    Would show him to her wine.

    O, if you were a feeble sight, the courtesy of your law,
    Your sight and several breath, will wear the gods
    With his heads, and my hands are wonder'd at the deeds,
    So drop upon your lordship's head, and your opinion
    Shall be against your honour.

    Other examples are equally interesting. I highly recommend reading that article.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    In hot grits
    SystemD is
    Really Shit

  • by mveloso ( 325617 ) on Sunday December 31, 2017 @02:14AM (#55837561)

    Should I shed this mortal coil
    and lance these painful boils

  • The AI simply opts to plagiarize, not knowing that it's illegal ....

    I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but
  • Google did it already (yawn):

    As a prerequisite to translation of poetry, we implement the ability to produce translations with meter and rhyme for phrase-based MT, examine whether the hypothesis space of such a system is flexible enough to accommodate such constraints, and investigate the impact of such constraints on translation quality. []
    PDF []/36745.pdf

  • Roses are red,
    Violets are blue,
    kill all humans.

  • Now load all of these submissions into a Markov chain and spin some text and you'll see more or less what actual AI written stuff looks like.

  • What would AI Written porn look like?

  • by Chris Mattern ( 191822 ) on Sunday December 31, 2017 @04:28AM (#55837735)

    No quack. []

  • ((toBe||!toBe) && for(iExist;iAm;iConscious) {iAware})

  • Sounds like the kind "Found poem" Dave Gorman performs on his show "Modern Life is Goodish" []
  • by jerome ( 3086 )

    Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
            Thy micturations are to me,(with big yawning)
            As plurdled gabbleblotchits,
            On a lurgid bee,
            That mordiously hath blurted out,
            Its earted jurtles, grumbling
            Into a rancid festering confectious organ squealer.

  • Bits are Black or
    Bits are White
    Programs are all
    I know how to write.

  • 01001001 00100000 01100011 01100001 01110010 01110010 01111001 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 01110010 00100000 01101000 01100101 01100001 01110010 01110100 00100000 01110111 01101001 01110100 01101000 00100000 01101101 01100101 00001010 01001001 00100000 01100110 01100101 01100001 01110010 00100000 01101110 01101111 00100000 01100110 01100001 01110100 01100101 00001010 01001001 00100000 01110111 01100001 01101110 01110100 00100000 01101110 01101111 00100000 01110111 01101111 01110010 01101100 01100100

  • He does sound only a little better than dadadodo anyway, so i am not sure if a modern AI would make more sense than his tweets.

  • It can't be worst than poetry written by Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Sussex.

  • It would look like bigoted, racist, sexist, anti-whatever is in the hive-mind of anger of the internet out there, but probably easier to understand than human poems otherwise poem.

    Machine learning learns from what is processes and there is a lot of hate and bias out there to corrupt even the most well intentioned AIs.

  • Not exactly AI, but using some linguistics and what3words as source, when the user moves from place to place, [] generates dadaist poetry on the fly. Disclosure: this site is mine. Here's an example: Alarming atop pots, pots a whole 'nother glaze You disclose you I bangle me It held it They hounded her
  • Banana, banana, banana.
    Banana, banana, banana.
    Banana, banana.
    Banana, banana.
    Banana, banana, apricot.
    Beware the banana in disguise!

  • Poems are a compression of language paying specific attention to how it fits the human brain in specific and surprising ways, as perceived by someone with precisely such a peripheral, finely tuned to its unusual, architectural resonance modes.

    Thus I predict that poems written by x86 would contain linguistic devices modelled after x86 opcode prefix bytes.

    F0 repeat/lock
    F2 REPE
    F3 REPNE
    2E CS
    36 SS
    3E DS
    26 ES
    64 FS
    65 GS
    66 operand override
    67 address override

    At a highly specific moment, a true x86 ring 0 r

  • There was a collection of artistic works by an "AI" printed a few decades ago called "The Policeman's Beard is Half-constructed". It *had* been edited to include only the works that seemed interesting, but I can guarantee that this is also normal for human poets and authors.

    The poems didn't emphasize rhyme or even assonance, but this is also common among modern poems.

    Personally, I think that a current effort by a major AI would be much better, but it would definitely depend on the critical skills of the tr

  • Nearly identical to Vogon poetry.

  • so long as AI doesn't encroach on our beloved haiku

    of which I'd surely
    be a recognized master
    if they let me play

    • by Toad-san ( 64810 )

      Heh, made you count!

    • For AI to write poetry, it needs to free-associate. A lower-level approach can already achieve that illusion. I've kept this from a 2003 machine-generated translation of a Japanese surf conditions report: t is fine and the present weather is. A wind is almost calm. The surge from the low pressure which escaped from near a park yesterday remains, 1 comes 4 in the morning, and tide the breast of feeling, and now Influence was begun and has been collected.

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and prosecute live ones." -- Nathaniel Howe