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Can robots make art? Yes - but don't ask them to write a poem

Katherine Noyes | May 20, 2016
"Our algorithms seem not yet able to imitate human kinds of poetry," one organiser said.

Passing the contest's Turing Test required that a majority of the judges rate the entries as “human.” None of the machine-generated sonnets or short stories fooled any of the judges, with the exception of one short story that fooled one judge.

"Our algorithms seem not yet able to imitate human kinds of poetry, but the code that was submitted was still amazing,” says Dan Rockmore, a professor of mathematics and computer science who was one of the contest's organizers.

AI fared better in creating dance-music sets: Two of the eight algorithmic entries submitted fooled about 40 percent of the human voters.

You can test out your own ability to distinguish AI-created from human-made dance sets in a poll on the Dartmouth site.

Although there were no winners, the Dartmouth contest organizers said several of the entries in each category were sophisticated enough to deserve a portion of the prize money.

A full account of the results, as well as a prize-winning sonnet, can be found on the project's site.

 

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