Oscar Schwartz Gives a Ted Talk on Poetry and Technology

By Maryann Yin Comment

Writer and researcher Oscar Schwartz gave a talk at the TEDxYouth@Sydney conference to discuss this question: “Can a Computer Write Poetry?” We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above—what do you think?

Schwartz focused his talk on “why we react so strongly to the idea of a computer writing poetry — and how this reaction helps us understand what it means to be human.” Click here to check out Schwartz’s digital Turing test for poetry, bot or not.

In the past, several poets have spoken on the TED stage including Project V.O.I.C.E. founder Sarah Kay, spoken-word performer Malcolm London, and math enthusiast Harry Baker. What is your favorite poem?