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@MetaphorMagnet -- A Creative Metaphor-Generating Twitterbot

@MetaphorMagnet -- A Creative Metaphor-Generating Twitterbot
Twittersphere | May 1st, 2014

Computational Creativity on Twitter

Twitter is the ideal midwife for pushing the products of true computational creativity -- such as  metaphors, jokes, aphorisms and story pitches -- into the world. A new twitterbot named Metaphor Is My Business (handle @MetaphorMagnet) employs knowledge-driven metaphor-generation services to generate a novel, well-formed, figurative tweet every hour or so. @MetaphorMagnet’s outputs are the product of a complex reasoning process that combines a large knowledge-base of stereotypical norms with real usage data from the Google n-grams. Though encouraged by the quality of the bot’s outputs, we continue to expand its expressive range, to give the twitterbot its own unique voice and identifiable aesthetic. Outputs such as What is an accountant but a timid visionary? What is a visionary but a bold accountant? show how @MetaphorMagnet combines metaphorical comparisons with affective reasoning to craft a distinctly hard-boiled persona. Ongoing work with the bot aims to further develop this sardonic voice.

Some favorite examples:

To disavow and preach against a faith: This can turn noble scientists into unclean infidels. #ScientistOrInfidel

To reject a luxury: This can turn selfrighteous bishops into modest ascetics. #BishopOrAscetic

Not all environmentalists are caring. Some are as predatory as the most carnivorous hunter. Which are you? #EnvironmentalistOrHunter?

Discipline. noun. Collective term for a group of unforgiving disciplinarians and less-than-forgiving parents. #ParentOrDisciplinarian

To be freighted with and burdened with a care: This can turn happy fools into troubled worriers. #FoolOrWorrier

Compassion. noun. Collective term for a group of compassionate pastors and not-so-compassionate extremists. #ExtremistOrPastor

Visit https://twitter.com/MetaphorMagnet to see all of this CC bot's most recent musings.

Organized by Tony Veale