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How would you react? (Hypothetical)

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23983points) May 2nd, 2015

If you found out that one of your favorite and most touching poems had been written by a computer, how would you react?

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Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One's avatar

I would take comfort in the fact that the computer was “written” by someone, somewhere. That person is still the true poet.

ninjacolin's avatar

disdainful, I imagine.
The way top 40 songs are written today, that’s pretty much how I feel.

jca's avatar

I would probably be surprised that the computer were so talented.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

I would hope a human were behind it somewhere along the line.

ragingloli's avatar

That is like saying that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music should actually be attributed to his father, Leopold. Complete nonsense.

I would seek out that computer and have a good conversation.
Maybe ask it, if it wants a body.

ragingloli's avatar

And by the way, all poetry, music and books in the history of humanity were made by computers.
That is what a brain is.

whitenoise's avatar

I would be impressed by the computer and its programming, hoping it has more work to offer.

cookieman's avatar

I would be surprised that Ultron made the time to write poetry.

ragingloli's avatar

They also addressed that in an episode of Star Trek Voyager, where The Doctor wrote a Holonovel, and had to file a lawsuit against his publisher over authorship rights.
He won, by the way.

Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One's avatar


That’s not even remotely true. Wolfgang had his own “computer” in his head. The computer in question is (presumably) one that was built and programmed. It’s akin to having a remote control car and making it jump through a fiery loop. Someone was controlling the car.

But if you want to talk to the computer, be my guest.

johnpowell's avatar

I lived through the Milli Vanilli scandal so I have given up on any sort of artist integrity.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Milli Vanilli Sniff. To de-rail just a bit…I, personally think they should have just let them be. The point of music is to entertain. They entertained.

flutherother's avatar

Disbelief. Computers can’t do that.

ragingloli's avatar

To quote Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix One:
You are small, and you think in small terms.

Blackberry's avatar

I’d kill myself. Just kidding I wouldn’t care.

David_Achilles's avatar

I really don’t know. I’d like to think that that couldn’t happen. I may be wrong.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I’d be intrigued and also want to talk to the computer. I think it would be extremely fascinating.

fluthernutter's avatar

I’d want to read more poetry by the computer. Or maybe a novel or painting? I’d be curious to see its range.

Lawn's avatar

I think I’d be disappointed. The appeal of a poem for me is that it is inspired by genuine human experience. A computer can scrape the internet for poetry and use it to generate random prose from recursive grammars, but it can’t experience the human condition. Computers don’t feel shame, angst, nostalgia, awe or existential despair. It would make the poem seem phony.

It might be similar to the reaction I’d have if I was chatting with someone online and later found out that it was actually a Cleverbot clone. A convo with Cleverbot might be amusing, but connecting with a real human is more fulfilling.

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^^^ GetOffMyLawn by any chance?

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