Ever wondered what it would be like to have your computer write everything for you? Well, you can get a glimpse of that with Google Poems, a site that uses machine learning to generate your next Haiku. And as you̵
First you need to select up to three poets from a list of about a dozen. Google uses your selections and tries to generate lines as if they were written by the original poets. Next you have to write, choose the type of poem you want and write your first line. From there, you will get a list of AI (Artificial Intelligence) based suggestions. Whether these poets would say these lines in real life or not is an entirely different topic.
While playing with the site, one of our first poems was this one:
What if I were a snowflake
Could the sexual thunderstorm be heard?
Was I on the surface of my singing?
Sing the night and the song of my bird.
The first line we entered was “What if I was a snowflake”, in case you were curious. We have something equally bizarre entitled, “What Am I?”
Swirls in smoke during the silent night?
Maybe they hit a stiff and grim one,
He bit his chest a little twilight
Crushing and twisting in his stomach.
Of course, you shouldn’t rely on this to write real poems. But it’s interesting to see Google’s algorithms at work. Obviously, Google has not programmed any boundaries here.
Go ahead, try it for yourself. But be warned, things can and do will get weird.