Microsoft's AI has published the first-ever poetry collection written by an AI.
The poems were published on May 19 by Beijing-based Cheers Publishing, which claimed that the book is the first one written by an AI in human history.
The AI, named Xiaoice (literally: "Microsoft Little Ice"), wrote more than 10,000 poems in 2,760 hours. Of those, 139 were selected for the collection, titled "Sunshine Misses Windows."
The book has 10 chapters, each highlighting a human emotion such as loneliness, anticipation or joy.
The AI previously studied all the modern poems of some 519 poets dating as far back as the 1920s. For a human writer to go through such intensive preparation and study, it would take about 100 years.
Since February, the AI has been publishing its poems on several online forums under 27 aliases. Few people have guessed that the words were written by a robot.
"Every time it sees a picture, it gets inspired and creates modern poems. The process is basically the same as for a real poet," said Dong Huan, chief producer of the book.
Dong added that the collection kept all the original wording, including small errors produced by Xiaoice, Yangtze Evening News reported.
"It may lag behind in some ways, the same as any inexperienced poet. Some poems may even sound repetitive. We want to present our readers with the 100 percent authentic AI output," said Dong.