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October 16, 2016
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Autosuggest: You Are a Sweet Girl

I was typing a text message—it got too long and I got too bored. I gave up and began hitting the auto-suggest button when…EUREKA! Where are these seemingly random suggestions coming from? Let me collaborate with this thing and compose a random poem. Here’s a brief demonstration of what I did. By the way, it‘s super-easy, anyone can do this.

First, I opened a chat app and tapped on the middle autosuggest word over and over for two minutes. I believe the middle suggestion is the strongest signal from the auto-suggest algorithm. But really, it doesn‘t matter. I just stuck to the same button over and over to isolate multiple variables. After doing this for a few minutes, it generated 348 words without grammar or punctuation (aside from capitalizing the initial character):

Then I spiced it up with a few line breaks, commas, and periods here or there, and voilà! This is the a.i. without the i. we get without a human hand—math. As they say, “Garbage In/Garbage Out.”


You Are a Sweet Girl

You are a sweet girl
but a great day for me
to do it.

and she will always love him so
I know that I know what I did
and what time I am.
I know what I did to him
and he did it all,
I did to him I love it
and he did what he wants
and what he wants me
and what he did he wants me
and he did what he wants
and what I want for me he wants
and I know that he is a good person.

I will always love it.

he is my father he said
and I did it
and I am a good person to know
that he did not have a great time
he did and I know what he wants
and he did what he did to him
and I am not sure he wants
and he did what he did to him he did what he did
and what I want for the way I am
he did to him
and I am not happy he did
and what I am not going for
he did what he did
he was a great person
he did not have a good time
he did not know
he did he was not going for the job
and did he did what he did to me
and I am a great brother
to me he is my father
he is a father of a great day
he is my father
he is a father of father of the year
he is my father
“he is a great day father” he said
“and I did it all night” he said.

he wants
and wants me
he said he did
he said he was not sure
he was the person that I am
a person of, and I know that I am not going,
for a good father
and I will not be able
he is a great day
he is my father
he said he wants and wants me
he wants to him
he wants to be happy.


There’s all kinds of experimentation and play when it comes to machine learning. Just today I was reading an article in the New Yorker about a Mathematician working on building mathematical models for investment firms on Wall Street. By the way, she quickly became disillusioned with her work and ended up writing a book called Weapons of Math Destruction.

I came across another instance where some data scientist fed a ton of pop songs into a database, ran an algorithm, then told it to compose a pop song in the same vein as the Beatles, or something to that effect. Yet another focussed on handwriting, another on photography, the list goes on an on.

These are experimental times, fun and play is such a big part of the genre-bending, cross-discipline mashups. But hurry up and have your fun because I’m pretty sure these things won’t age too well.


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