Transform your pictures into ‘poem portrait’ with Google’s AI tool

Google is always working on creativity-based projects alongside artificial intelligence to appeal its fun-loving user base. The recent one is also as quirky as its previous offerings.

Named PoemPortraits, the web app takes insights from the words you input and combines it with a selfie to create the eponymous poem portrait.

The app is an effort by Google to combine Instagram-inspired filters with AI-generated poetry for the entertainment of users.
POEMPORTRAITS: an interactive artwork combining poetry + design + AI
PoemPortrait is co-developed by Google’s Arts and Culture Lab, coder Ross Goodwin, and Es Devlin, an artist and renowned stage designer who has previously worked with Beyoncé, Kanye West, and even the National Theatre of the UK.
"To create your POEMPORTAIT, head to Once you get there, you’ll be asked to donate a word of your choice and take a self portrait. Each word you donate will be expanded into original lines of poetry by an algorithm that’s trained on millions of words of nineteenth century poetry. You’ll then receive a unique POEMPORTRAIT of your face, illuminated by your original lines of poetry. All of the lines of poetry are then combined to form an ever-evolving, collective poem.", explained Devlin. 
The poetry-generating software is the brainchild of Ross who trained a deep learning neural network on a huge corpus of 19th century poems – equivalent to over 25 million words. The software assesses the patterns in its data and is able to generate text in response to the words entered by the users.

Devlin worked to put the machine in different frameworks including the lion statue located at the Trafalgar Square of London and a photo booth at the UK’s Serpentine Gallery.

Basically, the web app is a digitalized version of a photo booth we see in parties and the results are sometimes emotional while other times ‘just silly.’

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