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In Trafalgar Square, a lion appeared, who “eats” words and screams the poems generated by the computer

He will stay there until September 23.

Photos by The Verge

During the annual London Design Festival in Trafalgar Square , an unusual sculpture in the form of a lion was installed . He needs to be “fed” with words, and he responds by shouting out poems generated by artificial intelligence.

The author of the sculpture was Es Devlin (Es Devlin), a designer known for working on the sets for opera and theater, as well as for the world tours of Beyoncé and Kanye West. According to the designer, she was inspired by the anecdote that four lions in Trafalgar Square should not sit quietly, but stand on their hind legs, but the Queen acted against it.

Therefore, Devlin decided to make the fifth lion, which would be more active in the life of the city. Passers-by can come up and “feed” the lion by selecting any word on a special tablet, and in return he will give out a line of a poem generated by artificial intelligence.

AI trained on 25 million words from the poetry of the 19th century. During the day, words are pronounced through the loudspeakers, and at night they are displayed on the body of the lion.

As noted by the journalists of The Verge, most often the lion carries nonsense, but does collect words in rhyme. Most of the reporters were impressed by the effect of the bright red lion coloring. According to journalists, from afar it creates the illusion of a “hole” in space.

Photos by The Verge
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