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Can robots make art? Yes, but don't ask them to write a poem

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"In the refinement layer, the robot would repeatedly compare the picture drawn on the canvas with what it was attempting to paint to find the most different area, and then try to make it less different, similar to how a classical painter goes about completing a canvas."

"The results of this competition show a significant step in the advancement of robotics and artificial intelligence to create beauty," said RobotArt.org founder Andrew Conru.

Organizers of Dartmouth College s Turing Tests in Creative Arts announced on Wednesday that there were no winners in their competition for AI algorithms to create human-quality short stories, sonnets and dance-music sets.

The contest s organizers expected dozens of entries in each category but received far fewer submissions than they expected -- "a testament to the difficulty of writing sophisticated code that creates another dimension of AI -- creative intelligence," they said.

In the poetry contest, there were two entries that each generated two sonnets; in the literature contest, there were three entries that each generated a short story.

AI fared better in creating dance-music sets: Two of the eight algorithmic entries submitted fooled about 40 percent of the human voters.

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