A visiting writer has helped scientists build an artificial intelligence that can write and use tools that make art
Meet the robot that can write poetry and create artworks
A robot that can write poetry and perform artistic tasks in artworks could offer a new way to solve world hunger and other global problems, scientists have said.
Microsoft researchers at the company’s AI research lab, where a visiting writer helped create the robot, received the Halo prize in artificial intelligence at the CES Asia tech show in Shanghai.
The AI, inspired by the writer’s creative output, uses natural language processing and machine learning to write poems and produce artworks.
Microsoft said the bot, which it calls Mars, has already composed a piece of art and is “evolving with the power of feedback”.
Halo founder Shou Kuan-chen told reporters in Shanghai that because the AI comes from AI and poets, “I’m already very optimistic about it”.
“I will keep writing … in order to see the amazing possibilities of an AI writing poems,” the 81-year-old told reporters.
While potential uses for the AI are exciting, what was most notable was how the writer helped develop the bot, said Shou.
Artificial intelligence will play a major role in addressing looming challenges such as climate change, food scarcity and the need to produce more while consuming less, said Shou.
The bot is designed to help people create art and nature, but especially to ensure food security in developing nations.
“Where there is widespread food insecurity and lack of access to the dignity of a meaningful life … artists can do something that no other human beings can,” Shou said.
The model was created by Professor Duan Haifeng, who teaches computer science at Peking University.
Mars is focused on writing classical Chinese poetry, having begun by creating a whimsical piece that included the mythical story of Long Bell, the handbell maker, who lost his friend Long Mei and his pet to a demonic monster.
In another poetic scene, Mars reads an exercise and describes how it is “an intelligent machine that writes poetry and gives practical instructions”.
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Hanoi-born Duan, 82, said that Mars will write more poems in the near future.
“A combination of the AI and technology is very promising,” he said.
“I think I’m encouraging the possibilities of AI in designing poetry that can be realised.”