Ray Kurzweils Cybernetic Poet:
The free Cybernetic Poet includes the following tools:
1. The Poets Assistant
2. The Cybernetic Poet Screen Saver
The Poets Assistant provides a simple word processor ("poem
processor") in which you write your poem or song lyrics. Besides providing standard
text editing features, the Poets Assistant monitors your
"poem-in-progress," and provides a wide range of helpful suggestions as you
type. These suggestions are based on the poetry of other poets. RKCP comes complete with
extensive files of poetry from 36 poets, including both classical and contemporary poets
(youll also enjoy just reading these included poems). Each suggestion is based on a
"poet personality" that you select. Each poet personality is based on either one
of the analyzed poets, or a combination of poets. The standard version of RKCP includes 50
poet personalities. The types of suggestions include:
- Rhymes and half rhymes
- Ideas for the next word of your poem
- Ideas for turns of phrase to finish the current line of your poem
- "Rest of Poem": RKCP suggests how to finish your poem based on the selected
poet personality (you dont necessarily use the entire suggestion, but you are likely
to find stimulating ideas for words and turns of phrase that you can use)
For example, the Poets Assistant can provide rhymes (words that rhyme with one of
your words) or half-rhymes that were used by Robert Frost; alliterations used by Yeats; a
set of "next words" used by Shelley; and entire lines (or stanzas) of poetry
that are based on (but which were not actually written by) Emily Dickinson (or based on a
combination of contemporary poets). From these lines and/or stanzas, you can find ideas
for words and turns of phrase.
RKCP uses advanced language modeling techniques to actually write original poetry based
on the poems of other authors that it has "read." While sharing in language and
style with the analyzed poems, the RKCP poetry is completely original. It often comes up
with intriguing and unexpected turns of phrase, and it is this capability that is
exploited in the Poets Assistant authoring tool. See Ray
Kurzweils Cybernetic Poet: HOW IT WORKS for a brief description of the
techniques used by RKCP.
The Cybernetic Poet Screen Saver displays original poems and lines of poetry
written by the Cybernetic Poet, and interesting ideas for alliterations, rhymes and
Unlike other screen savers that display the same thing over and over, this screen saver
is always displaying something new and original.
Who knows it may display a brilliant new poem while youre not looking.
The Basic Edition described above is free, fully featured, and does not time out.
There is also a Premium Version of Ray Kurzweils Cybernetic Poet, which includes
the Poet Creator and the Poet Analyzer. With the Poet Analyzer, you
can analyze your own poems and then have the Cybernetic Poet write original poems based on
a language model of your poems. With the Poet Creator, you can define additional
poet personalities. The Premium Version also includes 50 additional built-in poet
personalities, including useful poet combinations such as "all poets," "all
contemporary poets," and "all classical poets." , The Premium Version of
RKCP can be purchased for $29.95 plus any applicable sales tax. To upgrade to the Premium
edition, visit http://www.kurzweilcyberart.com/poetry
and select "Upgrade to Premium Edition."