Computers excel at poetry, Labour peer says

Houses of Parliament, Wikimedia CommonsA peer of the realm of the United Kingdom believes that computers can write poetry that is equal to many human beings.

Lord Giddens, a Labour peer, waxed lyrical yesterday about how the digital revolution is more important than the industrial revolution.

Perhaps IBM could have a bash at knocking this out:

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’ – Shelley, Ozymandias.

He said: “I have come to see supercomputers as the prime driving force. Recently another IBM supercomputer called Watson beat the two world champions at Jeopardy!… no one anticipated even a few years ago, that computers would be able to do that.”

He said:  “When you have an iPhone in your pocket you feel empowered, and indeed you are: you can get information about people whenever you want it, and you live a kind of just in time life.”

He said computers will have unprecedented consequences for breakthroughs in medicine, and “these must be incorporated in avant garde government policy”.

Lord Giddens said he believed that hospitals will eventually disappear and said that in Denmark, 90 percent of people “pass away at home in the company of loved ones”.

Lord Giddens might want to visit Northwick Park Hospital in north west London, where consultants scrabble around because the trust has removed CD ROM drives from their computers for reasons that no one, not even surgeons, can fathom.