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2017 Turing Tests in the Creative Arts: Literary Arts & Human-computer Music Interaction

Sponsored by The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College
Partners: The Departments of Music, Mathematics, and Computer Science Dartmouth College; The 2017 Conference in Computational Creativity; The Santa Fe Institute
Organizers: Michael Casey, Kirstyn Leuner, Allen Riddell, Dan Rockmore, Gus Xia

For 2017, our “Turing Test in the Creative Art” features two tracks: Literary Arts and Human-computer Music Interaction. For the former, competitors are asked to create machines that can produce sonnets and complete short stories. For the latter, competitors are asked to create artificial performers capable of performing “duets” with human performers. An artificial agent passes this Turing test if human judges cannot distinguish the machine output from human output given the same challenge. The winners of each task category, PoetiX, DigiLit, AccompaniX, and DanceX, will be awarded $2000. Prizes may also be given at the discretion of the judges for outstanding efforts.

DigiLit 2017

The DigiLit prize competition encourages the creation of algorithms able to produce "human-level" short story writing that is indistinguishable from an “average” human effort. A 2016 competition revealed just how difficult this is. For 2017, the organizers will give a prize to contestants able to create algorithms that best complete a short story. That is, given a roughly 1000-2000 word story prompt that has no ending, contestant must generate a 300-500-word conclusion to the story.

See the DigiLit 2017 Rules

PoetiX 2017

PoetiX is a competition in computer-generated sonnet writing. This competition ran in 2016 and generated some outstanding creative work. See for the 2016 results. While, there are many forms of the sonnet, for the purposes of the prize we are considering only “traditional” sonnets: fourteen line poems, in iambic pentameter, in either Shakespearean or Petrarchan/Italian form. Shakespearean sonnets are characterized by an “abab cdcd efef gg” rhyme scheme. Petrarchan or Italian sonnets will have an octave with the rhyme scheme “abba abba” followed by a sestet with no fixed rhyme scheme.

See the PoetiX 2017 Rules

AccompaniX 2017

AccompaniX is a competition in computer-generated accompaniment for human-computer duet performance. All duet pieces contain two parts: a human lead (to be performed by a human) and a computer accompaniment (to be performed by the submitted artificial performer). We mechanize the scenario in which the two performers, who are allowed to practice for a while, arrive onstage for a new performance. Though both performers “know” the music they will play, their performance will differ from others in that the accompanist needs to follow the leader anew, reacting to the human performance in a musical manner. In particular, the human lead part is an expressive rendition of a pre-defined score, the computer accompaniment has the freedom to follow a pre-defined score or to “compose” its own accompaniment score based on a given lead sheet.

See the AccompaniX 2017 Rules

DanceX 2017

DanceX is a competition in computer-generated dance partner for human-computer dance duet. All duet pieces contain two parts: a human lead (to be performed by a human) and a computer partner (to be performed by the submitted artificial dancer). Both performers “know” the music to dance with, and the computer partner needs to follow the leader, reacting to the human dance in an artistic manner. In particular, the computer partner has the freedom to follow a waltz dance, where the connection between the two dancers is tighter, or to follow a street dance, where there is more room for improvisation and choreography.

See the DanceX 2017 Rules

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