An ‘artificial intelligence’ rustic poet

Hop over to the Miraculous Agitations blog to behold attempts to create an artificial intelligence ‘local poet’ using text analysis procedures and speech synthesis.  The poet robot is based on a very obscure 1990s rustic poet called Bill Cooper.  Cooper’s oeuvre was fed into a word-combination probability analyser (based around a Markov chain), and new rustic emissions were sought.

These experiments were briefly featured, among other feverishly discussed book-related things, on William English’s Wavelength on Friday 6th June.  The ‘Robot Bill Cooper’ text generator has implications for books in general: in theory you could dump a book’s text into a program and have a new text generated in the author’s style…

Robot Bill Cooper

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