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Google AI channels Vogons, writes terrible poems

Google's neural network has been working on generating sentences in an attempt to learn to converse naturally, and the result is just wonderful.

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Google's AI has been writing poetry.

Of a sort, at least. It hasn't been intending to write poetry, but the poetry has just been spilling out of its soul. No, that's not it either. Actually, the "poems" are a result of the neural network figuring out how to form sentences and sound more like a human, according to a paper available to read on arXiv.

To train the AI, researchers fed it around 11,000 novels, including romance and fantasy novels. Then, the AI was fed sets of two sentences, and tasked with generating sentences between the two that show a progression between the first sentence and the second.

The results may seem strange to you and I, but in terms of machine learning, they're actually fairly impressive.

"Because the model is trained on fiction, including romance novels, the topics are often rather dramatic," the paper reads.

Here are some examples, with the start and end sentences bolded.

there is no one else in the world.
there is no one else in sight.
they were the only ones who mattered.
they were the only ones left.
he had to be with me.
she had to be with him.
i had to do this.
i wanted to kill him.
i started to cry.
i turned to him.

this was the only way.
it was the only way.
it was her turn to blink.
it was hard to tell.
it was time to move on.
he had to do it again.
they all looked at each other.
they all turned to look back.
they both turned to face him.
they both turned and walked away.

he was silent for a long moment.
he was silent for a moment.
it was quiet for a moment.
it was dark and cold.
there was a pause.
it was my turn.

i went to the store to buy some groceries.
i store to buy some groceries.
i were to buy any groceries.
horses are to buy any groceries.
horses are to buy any animal.
horses the favorite any animal.
horses the favorite favorite animal.
horses are my favorite animal.

"Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning," eat your heart out.