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We Used Google’s New AI to Generate Angsty Poetry About the Future

__Dan Robitzski__Filed Under: Artificial Intelligence
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A new website uses Google’s artificial intelligence to generate short couplets so vague and lowkey nonsensical that they may as well have been your high school friend’s 2008 Facebook status.

The project, Poem Portraits, lets you “donate” a single word that the algorithm then uses to generate a short poem. If you’d like, you can also take a selfie — no word on how Google AI uses it — which the website uses to create a “poem portrait.”

"Crypto and Honour are the bells of the sea, / Your cool fingers are cold and the sun shines."

Kicking The Tires

According to the website, the algorithm was trained on 20 million words of poetry from the 1800s, which may be why some of the poems we generated with futuristic-sounded words didn’t quite work out.

"A musk and stream of light and stars, / This hat for words were seen to turn our eyes."

The algorithm rejected many of our prompts, including words like “Elon,” “SpaceX,” and “Cryptographically Secure,” perhaps because the poets of the 1800s hadn’t yet begun to ponder modern-day startup jargon.

Like other poem-writing AI tools, the results don’t always make sense. So our futuristic poems aren’t about to dethrone Grimes — sorry, c — as queen of technology rhymes, despite our best efforts.

"The futurism of the first poem of the day, / That boo and see the sun and sea."

READ MORE: Google’s poetry algorithm automates teen angst [Engadget]

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