Can a Computer Write Poetry?

Oscar Schwartz

TEDxYouth@Sydney 2015 · 21 May 2015

If you read a poem and felt moved by it, but then found out it was written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? Would you think that the computer had expressed itself, that it had been creative? Or would you feel like you had fallen for a cheap trick? In this talk Oscar examines why we react so strongly to the idea of a computer writing poetry, and how this reaction can help us understand what it means to be human. Oscar Schwartz, 26, is a writer and a poet. He is undertaking a PhD that asks whether a computer can write poetry, which led to the development of a Turing Test for poetry. His research and writing concerns the influence of digital technology on culture and human interaction. He tweets about all this stuff from @scarschwartz.

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