Saturday, March 29, 2008

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?

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4 Comments:

Blogger Victor said...

Interesting news. Some time ago I found a short article how to create different vector patterns with EC but to create poetry is much difficult objective obviously. Waiting for another promising projects from human arts area.

31 March, 2008 18:22  
Anonymous Hrafn Th. said...

That's cool. In related research, check out the common sense, short story teller MakeBelieve . Some of the stories are very impressive, considering.

Created in 2002 at MIT by Hugo Liu and the late Push Singh.

Makes use of the Open Mind Common Sense Net to, well, get the stories to make some sense.

09 April, 2008 21:46  
Blogger Marcelo said...

Hi, Hrafn!

Thank you very much for that story. :)

The sample text is a little funny, and, surely, unfortunate for the poor protagonist. :)

Best Regards!

Marcelo

10 April, 2008 01:23  
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