I May Ask One

A poem written by Ray Kurzweil's Cybernetic Poet
after reading poems by Pat Camarena Rose and Kamau Bashiri

I may ask one
who beats the
passion drum insane,
who beats the big black ties and
wrote out of
high school and now to share
this rush with the
passion drum insane,
inducing sleepless nights,
drum insane,
inducing sleepless nights,
visited by the ravens eye.

 

Support

For questions pertaining to the Cybernetic Poet, call
1-781-263-0000 or email rkcp@kurzweiltech.com.

System Requirements

To run the Cybernetic Poet, your system must have:

(1) Windows 95 or 98; NOTE: Windows NT and Macintosh are not supported
(2) Pentium I or later CPU
(3) 16Meg RAM
(4) 40Meg of hard drive space
(5) Netscape Communincator 4.61 or Internet Explorer 4.0 or later
(6) Internet access and an email account

Frequently-Asked Questions

Question: When I try to download, I keep getting FTP error messages. What is the problem?

Answer: There may be a problem with our FTP server. If you get such messages, please let us know by emailing KCAT support.

Question: The access code I got when I upgraded won't work. What is the problem?

Answer: Most likely, there is a problem with some settings on your computer. If you get such messages, please email KCAT support or call toll-free 1-877-365-9633.

Question: What is the Cybernetic Poet?

Answer: The Cybernetic Poet is a collection of programs that help you write poetry.

Question: How can I get the Cybernetic Poet?

Answer: Click on the "Download Free Software" link at the top of this page.

Question: What is the difference between the free and the premium editions?

Answer: The free edition provides the Poet's Assistant (a WordPad-like program that suggests alliterations, rhymes, words and phrases while you type), a screen saver, and 50 "poet personalities". The premium edition provides everything in the free version, plus some software to allow you to create your own "poet personalities", plus 50 more prepared poet personalities.

Question: What happens when I install the software on my computer?

Answer: The setup program creates a folder, creates some application programs in the folder, adds some other programs to your Windows folder, and adds some information to the registry of your computer. The setup program does not change any existing settings on your computer, and all programs you have now are not affected by the installation of the Cybernetic Poet.

Question: Can I easily unistall the software?

Answer: Yes. Just run the uninstall.exe in the Cybernetic Poet folder on your computer's desktop.

Question: How do I write poetry?

Answer: Start up the Poet's Assistant. You will see a white composition area, and a Poet's Assistant pop-up box at the right of the screen. Begin typing your thoughts. As you type the Poet's Assistant pop-up box will generate suggestions for alliterations, rhymes and turns of phrase. Select and insert the suggestions you like into your poetry.

If you have writer's block, you might find it useful to have the Poet's Assistant generate an initial poem for you which you then modify. To create an initial poem, click on the "Rest of Poem" tab in the Poet's Assistant pop-up-box.

Question: How do I install the screen saver?

Answer: The software for the screen saver is copied onto your computer when you install the free version. To select the Cybernetic Poet as your screen saver, click on your desktop with the right mouse button, click on the "Properties" menu item on the menu that pops up, click on the "Screen Saver" tab in the dialog box that pops up, and select "Ray Kurzweil's Cybernetic Poet" from the drop down list on the "Screen Saver" page.

Question: How do I create my own poet personalities?

Answer: Three steps are required:

(1) Create poetry template files from your poetry or other poetry which you have in ASCII (make sure you have copyright permission to use other people's poetry)

(2)Convert the poetry template files into style files using the Poet Analyzer.

(3)Combine poetry styles with poet settings using the Poet Creator to create poet personalities.

For much more detail, read the Help instructions for creating your own poet personalities.

Question: I keep getting an error message that says "missing export MFC42.DLL:6453". What is the problem?

Answer: The problem is that you don't have the MFC42.DLL and MSVCRT.DLL files in your Windows System folder. You can get copies by clicking on the following links:

MFC42.DLL

MSVCRT.DLL

Once you download these files to your desktop, move them to your Windows System folder.

If you already have these files in your Windows System folder, do not overwrite them. Instead, contact Kurzweil technical support at the number or email address above.

Question: I'm using AOL. I click on the "Tell a friend" button in the Poet's Assistant. AOL starts up, but I get a blank screen. What is the problem?

Answer: The "Tell a friend" button relies on a connection between the Poet's Assistant and the AOL program. For some AOL users, the connection between the Cybernetic Poet program and AOL won't work properly. We continue to investigate the problem.

To tell a friend about RKCP before this problem is fixed, click here

Question: I'm using AOL. I click on the "Upgrade" item on the "Help" menu in the Poet's Assistant. AOL starts up, but it tells me "The file may not be supported by AOL. AOL will try to open it as a text file if you choose to continue." When I click on "OK", it then tells me, "The file is too large to open using AOL. Please open this using another application." What is the problem?

Answer: The "Upgrade" menu item relies on a connection between the Poet's Assistant and the AOL program. For some AOL users, the connection between the Cybernetic Poet program and AOL won't work properly. We continue to investigate the problem.

To upgrade before this problem is fixed, contact Kurzweil CyberArt at the number or email address above.

Question: I'm using Netscape. When I click on the "Upgrade" item on the "Help" menu in the Poet's Assistant, Netscape starts up, but tells me about a bug in Netscape, and instructs me to upgrade to Netscape Communicator ver. 4.61. What is the problem?

Answer: You must upgrade to Netscape Communicator ver. 4.61 or later. You can upgrade your Netscape browser at http://www.netscape.com/download/.

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