Creepy humanoid robot artist presents his own AI-generated poetry to public
When people worry about robots coming to take their jobs, I don’t think “poet” is what they had in mind. Enter Ai-Da, a highly realistic AI-driven robot firmly rooted in the bizarre valley who can paint, draw, sculpt and, yes, write his own poetry.
In a first for the robot genre, Ai-Da gave a public performance of the poetry “she” created. in commemoration of the famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri. The event took place at the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford on Friday as part of an exhibition honoring the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death.
For Ai-Da, writing poetry is not as easy as putting a pen on paper: she received the 14,233 lines of Dante’s three-part epic, the “Divine Comedy”, to digest, then, by tapping into its database of words. and vocal pattern analysis programs, used algorithms to write responsive work.
The results are pretty absurd, but to be fair, a lot of poetry is too. Maybe it’s just too highbrow for me. ohI might be too distracted by her soulless eyes to feel something other than scared. here is an extract to judge for yourself, courtesy of the Guardian:
“We looked up from our worms like blindfolded captives, / Sent to seek the light; but it never came / A needle and thread would be needed / To complete the picture. / To see the poor creatures, who were in misery, / That of a hawk, eyes closed.
Friday was the latest in a series of AI-based art performances since the robot’s first solo exhibition in 2019. Gallerist Aidan Meller created Ai-Da in collaboration with Engineered Arts, a UK-based robotics company , and scientists from the universities of Oxford and Leeds.
Talk to the Guardian, Meller said that Ai-Da’s linguistic model is so advanced that it can produce up to 20,000 words in 10 seconds. Although his human managers engage in “restrictive editing” of his content, most of the words and sentence structure in his poetry are entirely AI-generated.
“People are very wary of the fact that bots don’t do much, but the reality is that the language models are very advanced, and in 95% of cases of editing, it’s just that she did. too much, ”he told the outlet. He postulated that, given the rapid advancement of language models in recent years, soon “they will be completely indistinguishable from human text”.
In an interview with CNN, Meller said that Ai-Da’s ability to mimic human writing is “so great, if you read it you wouldn’t know it wasn’t written by a human.”
“The Ai-Da project was developed to address the debate on the ethics of further development of AI to mimic humans and human behavior,” he told the outlet. “We all finally understand that technology has a major impact on all aspects of life and we seek to understand just how much this technology can do and what it can teach us about ourselves. “
That being said, Meller described the concept of Ai-Da competing with human poets as “fundamentally disturbing,” the Guardian reports. Ai-Da was not designed to replace human artists, but rather as a tool to glean insight into our own patterns of behavior in order to build better strategies in the face of an increasingly online world.
“We should all be concerned about [the] the widespread use of AI language models on the internet, and how that will affect language, and most importantly, the creation of meaning, in the future, ”he told the outlet. “If computer programs, rather than humans, create content that in turn shapes and impacts the human psyche and society, then this creates a critical shift in the use and impact of language – which we need to discuss and reflect. “