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AI-generated poems at Expo 2020

Expo 2020 is currently being hosted by Dubai until March 31, 2022. The dates are all misaligned because this year’s World Expo was originally scheduled for last year.

As is typical of World Expos, countries from around the world participate by building a physical pavilion. Below is a photo of the UK Pavilion, which I thought was really interesting. It was designed by Es Devlin.

The pavilion is a cross-laminated timber structure with no actual exhibits inside. The structure itself is the exhibit.

As you can see, on one elevation of the pavilion there are a series of displays. These displays are used to show AI-generated poems that appear in both English and Arabic.

Part of the point is to celebrate the diversity of the UK. But the other point is to bring our attention to the growing involvement of algorithms in today’s world.

Photo by Ry Galloway and Alin Consstantin, courtesy of Es Devlin and via Dezeen

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