I collaborate on technology, research, and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. I'm a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard.
Inspired partly by JM Coetzee's statistical work on Beckett's writing style, Swift-Speare is a set of experiments in machine-learning-assisted poetry composition using the Dr. Johnson prototyping framework I designed for SwiftKey.
I am currently compiling a collection of poetry in the style of Shakesepeare, Milton, Longfellow, and others with very distinctive styles. I am also applying these methods to novelists with distinctive styles, such as Joseph Conrad, William Gibson, Russell Hoban, and James Joyce.s
Step one: create a statistical model of the sonnets.
Step two: apply our predictive text algorithm interactively as I compose new writings in the style of famous writers.
Here is the beginning of a poem, based on a statistical model of Shakespeare's sonnets (showing the associated predictions):
Let base clouds stir the world's enshrouded tears Which have no astronomy to be assail'd Thus in thy fair appearance lay thy buried fears Whose uncovering gaze my fond perception failed > And in | [my, 0.000261165812844411] [quest, 0.000130582906422205] [their, 0.000130582906422205] [possession, 0.000130582906422205] [hue, 0.000130582906422205] [the, 2.94613328151172e-05]
Sing sweetly of battle-borne ages of fell foes infernal, and the king whose woe endured hailing rage and the death of exiled heroes.
Since nature gave the world to all our hopes and beauty gives to us the youthful pleasures still; No weariness I'll yield to all man's gain Nor would I tell those powers above to rage. The wise counsels of age shall have the spoil of art, and elephant, and crown above > when I have seen the | [Muses, 5.35540220880648e-06] [Earl, 4.53149414170184e-06] [Queen, 3.70758630197088e-06] [Greeks, 3.29563226841856e-06] [British, 3.29563226841856e-06] [English, 2.88367823486624e-06]
I need somebody to be reality The only thing that makes me crazy is your breath and no matter what we've done whatever it could be once in a star, once in my heart > Dancing close, baby | [,, 4.57498754258268e-05] [oooh, 1.71562023751903e-05] [nooo, 8.57810118759517e-06] [doll, 2.85936721411417e-06] [know, 2.85936721411417e-06] [yeah, 1.42968360705709e-06] yeah girl yeah girl girl I swear girl I know yeah yeah this beat rocks yeah girl