The painting “The Next Rembrandt,” a creation of artificial intelligence, is shown at a gallery in Amsterdam in 2016. (Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/European Pressphoto Agency)

A news agency operating in Britain and Ireland recently announced that beginning next year, it hopes to produce 30,000 data-driven news stories per month with the help of artificial intelligence. Backed by an $800,000 grant from Google, the Press Association’s project aims to add more resources for its local news coverage by combing through databases and tailoring articles for specific communities, for example.

The announcement, like other robot-journalism initiatives, is the latest effort to use artificial intelligence to replicate tasks that humans perform.

Machines aren’t just shaping news stories but also composing music, sketching art and writing poetry in ways that can be indistinguishable from human craftsmanship and artistry. We’ve gathered some examples of what artificial intelligence can do these days and created a quiz to see whether you can tell the difference between human and computer-generated creations.

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News story excerpt:

"A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Friday evening four miles from Burney, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:00 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 6.8 miles."

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New story excerpt:

"Stocks have sailed along for a year and a half without a significant correction, but analysts see increasing signs of trouble ahead."

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3

Did a human or AI painter create this?

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Did a human or AI painter create this?

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Excerpt from a poem titled Invisible Fish:



"Invisible fish swim this ghost ocean now described by waves of sand, by water-worn rock. Soon the fish will learn to walk. Then humans will come ashore and paint dreams on the dying stone."

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6

An excerpt from an untitled poem:

“When I in dreams behold thy fairest shade
Whose shade in dreams doth wake the sleeping morn
The daytime shadow of my love betray’d
Lends hideous night to dreaming’s faded form”



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A song titled Taurus.

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Excerpt from a news story:

"FedEx shares have climbed 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased nearly 5 percent. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $162.65, a climb of 11 percent in the last 12 months."


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9

Excerpt from a poem titled "Sonnet 80":

"O! how I faint when I of you do write,


Knowing a better spirit doth use your name,


And in the praise thereof spends all his might,


To make me tongue-tied speaking of your fame."

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10

Excerpt from a news story:

"So the Yankees’ visit to second place lasted only one day. After all that losing — out in California and their first night back home — the Yankees welcomed summer on Wednesday with a victory to regain the lead in the American League East."

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