How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer?
I would assume that the world in which we live is officially a simulation and that the Matrix has me. Once I’m aware of this, I’m sure I would be tracked down by hackers in the real world who would offer me a red or blue pill and then, based on my choice of the red pill, unplug me from the system, allowing me to wake up in a tub of pink goo.
But that’s not likely to happen because I don’t spend a lot of time reading poetry. And I’m not sure I’ve ever been moved by a poem before. Unless you count One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Deeply moving.
How about you? Would you think differently of a poem if it were generated by a computer? Let me know down in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.