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Dartmouth Contests Experiment With 'human-Quality,' Computer-Generated Creativity

Dartmouth College Professor Dan Rockmore

Dartmouth College's AI algorithm tests will investigate the neuroscience of creativity and human taste, says Professor Professor Dan Rockmore.

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Dartmouth College is pushing the limits of what artificial intelligence is capable of with a trio of new contests to see if algorithms can produce creative works indistinguishable from those made by human beings. The three contests — DigiLit, PoetiX, and Algorhythms — will pit computer-generated short stories, poetry, and DJing against human-produced art.

For the two writing contests, a panel of human judges will evaluate the short stories and poems. If a computer-generated poem or story is scored as human by the judges, the creators of the algorithm behind that story will win $5,000, with an extra $3,000 prize going to the team that enters the best software.

The prizes will be similar for the DJing contest, but the test will be different, with six finalists competing against human DJs at a dance party. Both the software and the human DJs will have 1,000 tracks, to be determined immediately before the competition, to use for their playlists. Revelers will then be asked if they thought the playlist was made by a human or a machine. The contests will run during the upcoming academic year, with prizes awarded next April.

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