Artificial Intelligence

​The Poem That Passed the Turing Test

Andreea PopescuFebruary 5th 2015
  • Scholl contends his ​poetry ge​nerator satisfies some version of the test. “This AI can create poetry indistinguishable from real poets,” he wrote. “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.”
  • Scholl had sent in 26 poems, one for each letter of the alphabet, and “Bristlecone” was the only one that was published. The fact that Scholl sent so many poems in also likely influenced the vote count—this was a student publication, after all, and was aimed at inclusivity and encouraging budding writers to keep at it.
  • “This program works on the basis that every word in the English language is either ‘positive’ or ‘negative,'” Scholl explains in the ​generator’s Read Me file. “For instance ‘lovely’ is positive and ‘thorn’ is negative. A ‘poem’ is a group of sentences that are structured in a way to have +1, -1 or 0 in terms of the positivity/negativity. A ‘mushy poem’ is strictly positive.”

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