One week ago today, I heard a story on the news as I was driving into work that almost made me drive off the road into the lake (I exaggerate, just a wee bit). A student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a computer program that analyzed the works of Shakespeare, then helped the program's creator write sonnets. The program would suggest words authentic to the Bard, using only words that Shakespeare himself used. The ultimate choice rested with the poet, student and program creator Nathan Mathias. According to the story, it's "the same predictive software we see when our devices try to finish our sentences and suggest the next word."
The story suggested that the next logical step is software that can create the entire poem, from stem to stern. Mathias believes we will see the creation of a fully-automated poet in his lifetime. And I have to ask the question: