Dartmouth Contest Shows Computers Aren't Such Good Poets [New York Times, AP]


HANOVER, N.H. — Computers are pretty good at stocking shelves and operating cars, but are not so great at writing poetry.

Scientists in a Dartmouth College competition reached that conclusion after designing artificial intelligence algorithms that could produce sonnets. Judges compared the results with poems written by humans to see if they could tell the difference.

In every instance, the judges were able to find the sonnet produced by a computer program.

Can Robot Artists Create Human-Quality Work? Not Yet [Dartmouth Now]

May 19, 2016 by John Cramer

Robots would be starving artists if they tried to write literature or poetry, although they may fare better as dance music DJ’s.
That’s the conclusion of the human judges in Dartmouth’s “Turing test” competition, which took place this week.


Can robots make art? Yes - but don't ask them to write a poem [CIO.com]

By Katherine Noyes Follow
IDG News Service | May 19, 2016 4:05 PM PT

Robots can paint, but when it comes to writing, they shouldn't quit their day jobs. That's the combined conclusion from results of two contests announced this week.

On the upside, artificial intelligence created some pretty impressive works for RobotArt.org's first annual $100,000 competition, the results of which were announced Tuesday.

Algorithms can learn the rules of music, but they're very bad at breaking them. [Inverse]

Algorithms can compute new symphonies and improvise jazz riffs. They can even aggregate a rap. But can real artistry be pre-programmed? Dartmouth professors Michael Casey and Dan Rockmore, founders of the Turing Tests in the Creative Arts, hope to find out. They’ve set up a competition to determine whether humans can distinguish between human and man-made art. Neither man doubts that beauty can be programmed, but neither has witnessed something truly unexpected come from an automaton — yet.

Harold Cohen: in memoriam Artist and pioneer in the field of computer-generated art

Harold Cohen, artist and pioneer in the field of computer-generated art, died on April 27, 2016 at the age of 87. Cohen is the author of AARON, perhaps the longest-lived and certainly the most creative artificial intelligence program in daily use.

Will computers be our next famous writers and DJs? [qz.com]

There are robot reporters and robot chefs, but for the most part, the creative world has been free from the rise of the robots. One definition of art is “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.” Can something that does not feel create art?
Dartmouth College wants to find out.


Sure, robots can perform surgery and build cars, but can they write a sonnet? [fortune.com]

Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science is launching AI contests to see if a robot can write a novel, a poem, or dance music.
Robots can do any number of tasks and are getting increasingly human-like. But can even the best among them write a poem?