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Robots may be able to imitate Shakespeare, but we’ll always treasure the human touch

Mary Kenny


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A remote-controlled robot runs tests on a suspected Covid-19 patient to limit the human exposure to the virus in Tanta, Egypt. Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A remote-controlled robot runs tests on a suspected Covid-19 patient to limit the human exposure to the virus in Tanta, Egypt. Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A remote-controlled robot runs tests on a suspected Covid-19 patient to limit the human exposure to the virus in Tanta, Egypt. Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

And so, the latest development in this brave new world of ours is that a super-robot equipped with a “neural network” can simulate the writings of William Shakespeare or the novels of Jane Austen or Sally Rooney.

Feed a template of the original into GPT-3 and artificial intelligence will compose a similar version.


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