Artificial intelligence is getting better and better. Computers can beat humans at all kinds of games without breaking a sweat. To stay ahead of the machines, we keep moving the goalposts on what qualifies as “strong AI” by coming up with more and more tests that computers can’t quite pass. If you think software will never be able to write poetry as well as Shakespeare, perhaps you’ll have to modify your test in a few years.
- A machine learning algorithm (named DeepBeat) writes rap lyrics based on its analysis of over a hundred human rap artists. Artificial intelligence might be able to create some rhyme schemes that are far more complex than many humans, but it’s not so good at conveying a coherent story or message with its skills (yet). [url]
- There’s a computer program that writes formulaic sexist jokes, modeled after some human comedians who use the same technique. These algorithmically-generated jokes are generally bad puns — such as “I like my women like I like my gas … natural” and “I like my men like I like my court … superior.” [url]
- Computer generated images (CGI) are usually easy to spot because they don’t look like a human could draw them by hand, but what about cartoons drawn by an algorithm that was specifically made to look hand-drawn? Randall Munroe might be able to go on an indefinite vacation if he can combine the right algorithms to replace himself. [url]
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