About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Yuwei is from Beijing, China, where she attended The High School Affiliated to Renmin University
“Composing machines” use algorithms and neural network structures to generate new combinations of words – and in some cases, poetry. Can machines be poets, Yuwei asks, or do they only imitate and rearrange human poetry? Yuwei’s paper re-examines our ideas about authorship, suggesting that human authors, too, merely imitate rather than create new ideas. Although Yuwei challenges the idea that humans are the only creative species, she maintains that only humans experience epiphany, a spontaneous and creative force that gives us an edge over machines.Yuwei warns that the ‘life’ we create through technology isn’t necessarily equal to our own.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.