Creative – Matthew Harrison

 

Creative

These days,
With robots and AI
Taking over everything,
We are urged to be creative –
A sort of last refuge for humanity
In the dance studios and theatres,
The concert halls and galleries –
While all the non-creative stuff
Is done by robots.

Yet, setting aside whether we can –
Whether we are budding Shakespeares,
Thwarted Picassos, Beethovens-in-waiting –
And the question of demand –
Whether we really want ten million sonnets
A million Last Suppers, a billion epigrams –
And assuming they are right to say
(Neural networks notwithstanding)
That robots can’t be creative too,
There is the difficulty
That the robots themselves
Will dominate the customer base,
And who knows what they will like?

Maybe robots will relax
By solving advanced mathematical problems,
Or joining a coding bootcamp,
Or watching a virus go viral,
Or maybe, just maybe,
(Since one never goes broke
Underestimating the intelligence of the customer)
Dumb human products
Will serve well enough,
And we will entertain the robots
After all.

 

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Matthew Harrison lives in Hong Kong, and whether because of that or some other reason entirely his writing has veered from to literary to science fiction and he is currently writing poetry. He has published pieces in all these genres. Matthew is married with two children but no pets as there is no space for these in Hong Kong. www.matthewharrison.hk

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