Google AI Turns Selfies Into Ethereal Poetry Portraits

first_imgStay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Roses are red, violets are blue, donate a word, and Google’s AI will write a poem for you.From the folks who brought you fine-art doppelgängers and 3D world heritage tours comes POEMPORTRAITS, an online collective artwork that superimposes unique verses on an ethereal self-portrait.Described by creator Es Devlin as “a combination of poetry, design, and machine learning,” the program invites people to generate their own compositions, and contribute to an evolving poem.Visit g.co/poemportraits to “donate” a word of your choice and take a selfie (or skip that step for text only), then watch as the computer ponders life, the universe, and everything to come up with a (sometimes incomprehensible) stanza.Create a personalized poem, with the help of AI (via Google)“Each word you donate will be expanded into original lines of poetry by an algorithm that’s trained on millions of words of 19th century poetry,” according to Devlin.The London-based artist and stage designer teamed with Google Arts & Culture and Ross Goodwin to create the technology behind POEMPORTRAITS.“It works a bit like predictive text,” Devlin said. “It doesn’t copy or rework existing phrases, but uses its training material to build a complex statistical model.“The resulting poems can be surprisingly poignant, and at other times nonsensical,” she admitted. “And it’s the profoundly human way that we seek and find personal resonance in machine-generated text that’s the essence of this project.”Case in point: I offered the word “dystopia,” and got this in return: “That dystopia still compasses the world. The calm of the sun and the sunshine.”It’s quite addictive, really. After each AI-generated poem, I dive back in with another word—”tulip,” “media,” “technology,” “equality,” “ampersand.” I’m not sure if I’m making the collective poem better or worse, but I can’t seem to stop.One of the first in-browser selfie filters that responds to the shape of your face, POEMPORTRAITS may not work on some mobile devices.More on Geek.com:Rare Bonnie and Clyde Poetry, Photos to Hit Auction BlockAI-Powered ‘Private Detector’ Protects Bumble Users From Dick PicsArtificial Intelligence Created an Entirely New Sportlast_img

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