a weblog by simon evans
Machines are dumb, but sometimes they do brilliant things because they can’t help themselves. They don’t talk themselves out of anything, and so they just go for it. No judgement whatsoever.
That’s Nick Zammuto from The Books describing how they got the wonderful lyrics for Free Translator by running them back and forth through multiple online translation engines, a process that produced verses like this:
Symmetrical foot in your mouth
and your high speed legs
Your knee-jerks a mark of distinction
It’s an elevator put-on
It doesn’t look like much but is lovely when sung.