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Oscar Schwartz:
Can a computer write poetry?

TEDxYouth@Sydney · 10:56 · Filmed May 2015
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If you read a poem and feel moved by it, but then find out it was actually written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? Would you think that the computer had expressed itself and been creative, or would you feel like you had fallen for a cheap trick? In this talk, writer Oscar Schwartz examines why we react so strongly to the idea of a computer writing poetry — and how this reaction helps us understand what it means to be human.

Writer and poet
Oscar Schwartz's research and writing concerns the influence of digital technology on culture and human interaction. Full bio
This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxYouth@Sydney, an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.

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