The weird poetry Google Translate writes when fed the same characters over and over


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/04/the-weird-poetry-google-transl.html


Rare “Cyclops goat” born in Assam, India
#2

Years later, the shattered remnants of humanity, huddled in deep caverns, realized that the harbinger of the singularity was when the machines began taunting them with disturbing poetry.


#3

Uh…


#4

Sorry for inconvenience.
I cannot help it.
I’m sorry but I can not help it.
I will never forget you.

My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song.
If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.


#5

I’m kind of surprised we didn’t get “never gonna give you up” somewhere in there.
“I’m sorry I do not have my clothes, I will never stop calling you” seem like good song lyrics, though.


#6

Well, that’s mildly disappointing.


#7

“homoerotic death metal”

I’m getting more of a grindcore or power violence feel from the daddy cthulu cumshot one.


#8

What were the to/from languages on that one? I can’t reproduce it.


#9

I missed my calling as a Bulgarian poet.


#10

I’m not sure. That was from the article.

I’m not finding much success in this.


#11

I think someone cheated.

Which language was used as the input and which Unicode a-umlaut is it (if there is more than one)?

Anyway it doesn’t work for me:

This as Swedish:

lä! Cthulhu!
lä! lä! Cthulhu!
lä! lä! lä! Cthulhu!

gives me this as English:

leeward! Cthulhu!
leeward! leeward! Cthulhu!
leeward! leeward! leeward! Cthulhu!


#12

Finnish.

no idea.

ETA: I’m able to reproduce it; be warned that that’s a capital I, not a lowercase l.


#13

Finnish to English. Don’t know about the unicode values – a-umlaut created in Microsoft Word.


#14

which is a shame

English: ‘Out of sight, out of mind’. to Russian and back translates perfectly which is a shame because there was a story about early machine translation that said that translating it back to English gave ‘Invisible idiot’

I was hoping for some machine humour.


#15

Figured it out.

It’s Iä, not lä. It starts with an upper-case India, not a lower-case Lima.


#16

Try translating “hamster” from English to Arabic. Then hit reverse translate. Congratulations, you just killed all the hamsters.


#17

Inspiration, explanation and Talking Heads lyrics from Mark Libermann @ Language Log:
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=32412


#18

Still doesn’t work for me on Linux/Firefox with capital I followed by U+00E4 LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS.

Iä! Cthulhu!
Iä! Iä! Cthulhu!
Iä! Iä! Iä! Cthulhu!

Gives

IA! Cthulhu!
IA! IA! Cthulhu!
IA! IA! IA! Cthulhu!


#19

At last something odd and repeatable.


#20

Try it without so many exclamation marks.