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Machine Poetry Room

Box, Printer, Printing paper, PC, AI, Human (2020)

石橋 友也  新倉 健人
    Tomoya Ishibashi Kento Niikura  


An AI that writes poetry and a human who mimics the writing style of the AI that writes poetry




シンギュラリティの議論が盛んにされる中、将棋や囲碁の世界ではAIの指し手から棋士が学ぶといった逆転現象が起きている。 本作では詩作という古典的な文章表現において、人間がAIを模倣するという転倒した構造の導入を試みる。

There is a large black box with "Input" and "Output" written on it and a writing stand. The participant writes the title of the poem to be composed on a piece of paper and inserts it into the black box. After a few minutes, two poems are printed out from the box. One is automatically generated by an AI that has been trained on a large volume of Japanese text, while the other is composed by a human who has undergone special training in mimicking the unique writing style of the AI. It is impossible to tell which is which at a glance.

We have made numerous experiments in generating poems (or short sentences that look like poems) using deep learning. In order to determine the line that defines ideal output for an automatically generated poem, we ourselves read and composed numerous poems while carrying out our experiments. In particular, we discovered that traits such as jumps in reasoning and repetition in word endings that are characteristic of AI have commonalities with poems composed by children or mentally handicapped people, and used such poems as references while engineering. By a process like this, the poems written by the AI and the poems written by us gradually became more similar.

Among widespread talk of the singularity, there is now a reverse phenomenon in domains such as shogi or go in which professional players learn from the moves suggested by AI. In this work, we attempt to create an inverted structure in which humans imitate AI in the traditional form of written expression known as poetry.

Photo: Ken Kato Photo courtesy: Tokyo Arts and Space


Photo: Ken Kato Photo courtesy: Tokyo Arts and Space

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