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7/10/2015 | 12:21:06 PM
Re: Dartmouth Hosts Robot Poetry Contest
This is definitely very cool. In the big picture of making truly intelligent robots, it may be more like a building block than a quantum leap. When we use terms like 'machine learning' and 'intelligence', those are often just buzzwords for tech that, as you once put it, Dave, 'is just good at one thing'. Similarly, the contest seems to imply robots/computers that produce human-like creative works based on an algorithm. It's still making poems by (very complex) rote, rather than actually being creative. Still, as we often talk about on IW, combine that with a couple of other technologies (imagine integrating it with a Siri-esque digital assistant to vary up how it greets you in the morning), and it still points to some very exciting possibilities in the future. Like jastroff says, this can sew the seeds for some useful real-world technologies, much like Watson aimed to.

I tried the 'Bot or Not' site out, and I did come up with more right answers than wrong, but admittedly not by much. The 'robot' poems were surprisingly good at not only rhyming structure, but also stringing lines with similar subject matter together. One poem was sort of about a man who was dissatisfied with his job - one line mentioned a suit, and another line mentioned a promotion. The algorithm or what-have-you at least knows to tie these two together, but the tell tale sign of the 'bots' still seemed to be that the narrative was not quite cohesive - though you're right, Dave, that some humans absolutely write poems like that as well. I'd expect something similar from the Dartmouth contest, but I'm certainly curious to see what comes out of it.
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7/5/2015 | 7:37:49 PM
Re: Applied AI Contests
@Brian -- I'm still holding out for teleportation. From what I'm told, getting people there is easier than assembling them back into the same piece as when they left. Oh, those atoms!
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7/4/2015 | 11:38:30 PM
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@jastroff, great point. The scare tactics of the robot industry is not scaring anyone. A robot can play chess, a robot can pant, a robot can write poems and a robot can create art! There is not a signal economy in the world that is based on chess, panting or poems.

Nevertheless, if robots are able to create energy without turning humans into a battery or accomplish another task that we consider extremely productive for the world economy then, great things could be possible -- time for Star Trek!
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7/4/2015 | 2:41:02 PM
Applied AI Contests
@dave – a Turing test for creativity – you've taken on a big issue here. Thanks for ramping it up

These projects are interesting. I'll play devil's advocate  --

What about a contest to apply AI to solve the problems of the California drought? Or how to plan the right IT strategy to solve [x] problem? Or how to decrease business overhead in hiring? Or how to bring down the price of very expensive prescription drugs to make them affordable, while making sure the pharmaceutical companies still make a profit?  

We've been at this a long time now, and the everyday important tasks and decisions of business still remain untouched by the higher science for the most part, unless we think a new version of Excel is a the best we can do. Or some new App. Or the better in-box.

IBM's Watson beats everyone at chess and game shows, and then moves into the realm of data analytics and deep data diving, and sort of get a bit stuck there because of efforts and costs.

Are there more pressing needs for AI contests than poetry? Maybe, maybe not. And I was a History and English major in college, so I get that poetry is important. I was even a poet for a while. Hard to make a living writing poetry. Even teaching it, hard to make a living.

Can we can do contests for applied AI which might actually have more chance to succeed than the poetry content? And have more pressing need? Maybe not as much fun, though.
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7/4/2015 | 6:11:01 AM
Any ideas !
How many kind of contests can we imagine with robots ? Robot painting contest ? Robot dancing contest ? Robot sports contest ?

Sky is the limit !
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7/3/2015 | 9:15:12 PM
Creativity
I think artificial intelligence will struggle with the creative field for a long time. Sure, I do expect it to help humans become more creative, but I just don't see them creating on their own. Yet.

This idea of a robot poetry contest is just the beginning; I would expect to see more of this type of interesting experimentation with machines.

Robot painting contest, anyone?


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