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Poems from the A.I. archipelago: a PIW first

“Language speaks us”
12 NOVEMBER 2018 by Abol Froushan “When we humans confront what we call a poetic text, it talks us and our world into a new focus, regardless of whether it was made by human or robot. Now what makes a text poetic is something I leave to the literary audience, but what makes us relate to it in this way is the very fact that we are human and very much born into language.” – Abol Froushan

AI poetry in full bloom in Japan
12 NOVEMBER 2018 by Yasuhiro Yotsumoto “You feel some presence behind the text that integrates each part, and that presence is something that should be called human unconsciousness or simply humanity... Our unconscious does not mean ‘no consciousness’. I believe, in the end, it is the desire to write or sing that separates human from AI.” – Yusuke Miyake

Poetry and Artificial Intelligence are tricky to define
12 NOVEMBER 2018 by Eran Hadas “We believe that poetry transmits an emotional message from one person to another which bears a distinctive token of humanity, something that only a human soul can convey and share with another human soul... [Now] new tools provide an infinite potential for researching language and probing our relationship with words, and I would recommend that everyone consider adding these tools to their poetic tool belt. I think, however, that we should be careful when using or even thinking of the future of technology. The assessment of technological evolution should take into account who gains …

Can computers write free verse?
12 NOVEMBER 2018 by Abol Froushan It is possible to assert about human-machine symbiosis that we have arrived at a new era. Machines are no longer parasitic to the human operator. They are increasingly autonomous black boxes with various outputs simulating forms of consciousness – scientific, musical or poetic. Emphasis is placed on “simulating" as far as the rest of this column goes. From guessing the next word to guessing the next tanka, our predictive tools, like intelligent keyboards, have come a long way, applying statistical techniques to predict the next word as we type. Some of us are developing machine …

Jottings on poetry and selfhood
12 NOVEMBER 2018 by Yasuhiro Yotsumoto 1. Shuntaro Tanikawa, a leading contemporary Japanese poet, shocked and upset fellow poets in the 1980s with the verse line, “I have nothing to write”. A decade later I wrote a poem titled ‘Thus spake Electric Boy Tron’ in which the speaker talks about how he writes poems. According to this poem, Tron selects and combines the ‘memories’ of his particular languages, and depicts the type of poems that he finds most interesting (and challenging) as "plain, nonsensical, yet real ones”. I placed this poem at the very end of my first book, suggesting that …



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