Doggerel Ex Machina
May 19, 2017 10:01 AM   Subscribe

What happens when you use machine translation on repeating pairs of Japanese syllables? Insane computer poetry (courtesy of Language Log). More examples collected in examples posted by Naomi Clark; likewise from Dan Luu.

I'm particularly fond of "pekopeko i got this feeling inside me", generated by feeding the machine successively more pairs of the Japanese syllables "pe" and "ko", described by Naomi Clark as a "machine-terror poem from Google Translate":
Cow
Be very hungry
Be very hungry
Be very hungry
Be very huge
Be very hungry
Be very hungry
Be very hungry
It makes me feel hungry
It makes me feel hungry
It makes me feel hungry
It makes me feel hungry, it makes me feel hungry
It is very tight, it makes me feel hungry.
It makes me feel hungry and tight, it makes me feel hungry.
It is very tight, it makes me feel hungry.
It is very tight, it makes me feel hungry.
It is very tight, it makes me feel hungry.
It makes me feel hungry, it makes me feel hungry. It makes me feel hungry.
It takes a lot of time to make yourself cranky.
It makes me feel hungry, it makes me feel hungry. It makes me feel hungry.
It takes a lot of time to make yourself cranky.
It makes me feel hungry, it makes me feel hungry. It makes me feel hungry.
It takes a lot of time and effort to make yourself cheeky and hoardy. Pierce Perk here
It makes me feel huh, it makes me feel hungry, it makes me feel hungry.
It makes me feel hungry, it makes me cheeky, there is a lot of trouble.
Let's be hungry, you will have a lot of time, it will be huge.
Let's be hungry, you will have a lot of time, it will be huge.
Let's be hungry, you will have a lot of time, it will be huge.
Let's be huge, you will have a lot of time, it will be huge.
posted by cortex (13 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
I anticipate these being fed into the latest vaporwave tracks. Brilliant.
posted by rebent at 10:27 AM on May 19 [1 favorite]


Cow
...
Let's be hungry, you will have a lot of time, it will be huge.


Oh that is the perfect driving song for this summer, heading to the Iowa State Fair.
posted by Wordshore at 11:28 AM on May 19 [1 favorite]


...I stay up late.
I lik the bred.
posted by ejs at 11:41 AM on May 19 [1 favorite]


Public mind
The
The public mind is the public mind is the public mind
The public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind
The public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind,
The public mind is the public mind, the public mind is the public mind, the public mind is the public mind.
The public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind,
The public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind
The public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind
The people are the people, the people, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts,
The people are the people, the people, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts, the hearts,
There is no need to worry about the people.
In the case of public opinion, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind, the public mind,
It is not the case that the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is the public mind is
In the case of public opinion, public mind is public mind, public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is
In the case of public service, the public service is called public service, while the public service is public service.
I think that it is a good idea to have a lot of people.
In the case of public opinion, public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind is public mind
I am a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen, a citizen,
I think that it is a good idea to have a lot of people in your life.
I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen,
I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen,
I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen,
In addition, there is no need to worry about the fact that the government is not responsible for the actions of the public.
I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen,


i feel like this poem could be entitled "some thoughts the day after election day in the united states of america, 2016"
posted by millipede at 12:16 PM on May 19 [2 favorites]


I forgot to copy the actual text.
http://i.imgur.com/wuSU7XV.jpg
posted by echomadman at 12:52 PM on May 19


"I am a citizen, I am a citizen, I am a citizen", it is trying to tell us something.
posted by SageLeVoid at 1:24 PM on May 19 [1 favorite]


It's almost time not to be soon almost soon sortingly, almost a little while about, almost a minute soon, almost a little more, almost a little more, almost a minute soon, almost a little while about, almost a little later about a minute soon soon is almost time we will almost come.

Google is staying on point here. The seed character pair is left as an exercise.

Or this one:
Male
A crush
Mushroom
Embroidery
...

posted by kurumi at 6:05 PM on May 19


Gertrude Stein looks down from heaven and laughs and laughs.
posted by the sobsister at 7:37 PM on May 19 [1 favorite]


Oooh. Makes me want to find my lecture notes of when we were learning about "A rose is a rose is a rose." Sublime repetition begets affect.
posted by yueliang at 3:24 AM on May 20


BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO BUFFALO
posted by tspae at 8:43 AM on May 20


Some of these remind me of Talking Heads lyrics. Consider this stanza from "Stay Hungry":

Stay hungry, stay hungry, stay hungry
Move a muscle, move a muscle, move a muscle.
Make a motion, make a motion, make a motion.
Pull it tighter, pull it tighter, pull it tighter.
Double beatin', double beatin', double beatin'
Double beatin', double beatin', double beatin'
Palpitation, palpitation, palpitation.
Stay hungry, stay hungry, stay hungry.

posted by Lyme Drop at 8:56 AM on May 20 [1 favorite]


I like how philosophical this one turned out:
For example,
I if.
I see you.
Peace
Naked
Do not be afraid.
I'm fine.
Barely
I guess
I should not go away
How about you?
It is barely natural.
If nothing else is the way
I should not go away
In other words,
I wonder if it is natural
If it is not so
If it were not for a long time.
If it is not so, it should not be.
In other words,
As long as it is not so.
I did cheat a little with some punctuation though.

Hello hello! I've been lurking for nearly ten years but finally just got an account!
posted by roast beef on the moon at 12:46 PM on May 20 [3 favorites]


Yay, hello!
posted by cortex at 12:47 PM on May 20


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