Tuesday July 28, 2015

Bot or not: Can computers write convincingly human poetry?

This poem happens to have been created by a 4-year-old human -- but couldn't you believe it was generated by a bot?

This poem happens to have been created by a 4-year-old human -- but couldn't you believe it was generated by a bot? (duluoz cats/Flickr )

Listen 14:16

Can you tell the difference between poetry written by a human and poetic words generated by an algorithm? 

Australian researcher Oscar Schwartz joins Shad to discuss his research on computer-made poetry and what it says about art, the nature of creativity, and what it means to be human.

Plus, we put real poet Christian Bok to the test. Can he tell which is which? 

WEB EXTRA | Think you can tell which poem was generated by a computer? Read both, vote and listen to today's segment to see if you got it right. 

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