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Google's Artificial Intelligence Translates Poetry


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Google's poetry-translation software can wrestle with the complicated meter of Shakespeare.

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Researchers at Google are tackling what they call one of the most difficult challenges in artificial intelligence.

"It's what we call AI complete," says Dmitriy Genzel, a research scientist at Google. "Which means it's as difficult as anything we can attempt in artificial intelligence."

Programming a machine to simply understand language, after all, is a task IBM spent four years and millions of dollars to accomplish with its Watson computer, which competed on Jeopardy last week.

Watson understands human speech. But for a computer to understand and translate poetry, there are added problems of length, meter, and rhyme.

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