Evolving Poetry Through Simulated Evolution
From Wired and posted at Bruce Sterling's blog, see here.
It is a genetic algorithm that evolves poetry. Each 200 generations a new population of poems is created. There is an interesting video outlining the genetic algorithm general working.
It reminds me of the famous Mark V. Shaney created by our blog friend Don P. Mitchell and put on USENET as a cyber-prank by Rob Pike and Bruce Ellis. See an instance here. I was told by Don Mitchell that his first experiments concerning Mark V. Shaney were performed using the Tao Te Ching text.
An excerpt from the surrealistic Mark V. Shaney composing ability:
"While at a conference a few weeks back, I spent an interesting evening with a grain of salt."
I wonder about the time when those programs really will compose human level literature. What about a Literature Nobel Prize for the next generation evolutionary algorithms?