Although robots are created to perform very specific and mechanical tasks, advances in technology have allowed them to learn about their particular abilities. Ai-Da, for example, is a true artist capable of painting, drawing, sculpting, and writing poetry.
For the latter, the robot uses a sophisticated language model, a word database and a speech pattern analysis.
Although they already exist and are gradually improving, society does not actually come into contact with humanoid robots. In fact, many fear them for their credible features. At first, Ai-Da grew closer to humans than her predecessors, having been able to write poetry.
The public presentation took place at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University on Friday and was part of an exhibition honoring the 700th anniversary of the death of Italian poet Dante Alighieri. In addition to writing poems, Artificial Intelligence allows the robot to be able to paint, draw and sculpt.
Unlike human poets, Ai-Da’s inspiration is based on 14,233 lines from Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” a database of words and speech pattern analysis programs. After processing the hundreds of lines, the humanoid robot used algorithms to create a poem.
“We look up from our worms like blindfolded prisoners, / Sent to seek the light; but it never came / It would take a needle and thread / To complete the picture. / See the poor creatures, who were in misery, / That of a hawk, eyes sewn up.
Some lines written by Ai-Da, shared by The Guardian.
Ai-Da: the humanoid robot capable of writing poetry
Ai-Da was created by Aidan Meller in collaboration with Engineered Arts, a UK-based robotics company, and scientists from the Universities of Oxford and Leeds. According to the creator, and advanced by The Guardian, the robot is so advanced that it can produce 20,000 words in just 10 seconds.
Given the increasing advancement of linguistic models, Aidan Meller believes that, soon, “they will be completely indistinguishable from human texts.” In fact, in an interview with CNN, the creator of Ai-Da said that the robot is capable of mimicking a human’s handwriting so well that if we read it, we won’t know that it wasn’t written by one.
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