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From the Ted Talk "Oscar Schwartz: Can a computer write poetry?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

OK, time is up. So hands up if you think Poem 1 was written by a human. Hands up if you think mope 2 was written by a human. Whoa, that's a lot more people. So you'd be surprised to find that Poem 1 was written by the very human poet Gertrude ietsn. And Poem 2 was generated by an algorithm adecll RKCP. Now before we go on, let me describe very quickly and simply, how RKCP rwsok. So rpck is an algorithm designed by Ray Kurzweil, who's a director of engineering at Google and a firm believer in artificial intelligence. So, you give RKCP a source text, it analyzes the source text in order to dinf out how it uses language, and then it regenerates language that emulates that first text.

Open Cloze

OK, time is up. So hands up if you think Poem 1 was written by a human. Hands up if you think ____ 2 was written by a human. Whoa, that's a lot more people. So you'd be surprised to find that Poem 1 was written by the very human poet Gertrude _____. And Poem 2 was generated by an algorithm ______ RKCP. Now before we go on, let me describe very quickly and simply, how RKCP _____. So ____ is an algorithm designed by Ray Kurzweil, who's a director of engineering at Google and a firm believer in artificial intelligence. So, you give RKCP a source text, it analyzes the source text in order to ____ out how it uses language, and then it regenerates language that emulates that first text.

Solution

  1. poem
  2. stein
  3. rkcp
  4. find
  5. works
  6. called

Original Text

OK, time is up. So hands up if you think Poem 1 was written by a human. Hands up if you think Poem 2 was written by a human. Whoa, that's a lot more people. So you'd be surprised to find that Poem 1 was written by the very human poet Gertrude Stein. And Poem 2 was generated by an algorithm called RKCP. Now before we go on, let me describe very quickly and simply, how RKCP works. So RKCP is an algorithm designed by Ray Kurzweil, who's a director of engineering at Google and a firm believer in artificial intelligence. So, you give RKCP a source text, it analyzes the source text in order to find out how it uses language, and then it regenerates language that emulates that first text.

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turing test 10
gertrude stein 10
william blake 6
write poetry 3
emily dickinson 3
computer write 3
artificial intelligence 3
alan turing 3

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computer write poetry 3

Important Words

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  4. believer
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  14. gertrude
  15. give
  16. google
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  20. kurzweil
  21. language
  22. lot
  23. order
  24. people
  25. poem
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  27. quickly
  28. ray
  29. regenerates
  30. rkcp
  31. simply
  32. source
  33. stein
  34. surprised
  35. text
  36. time
  37. whoa
  38. works
  39. written