Around Valentine’s Day in the US and UK, these things called candy hearts (or conversation hearts or sweethearts) appear: small and sugary, bearing a simple, short Valentine’s message. There are only room for a few characters, so they read something like “LOVE YOU” or “CALL ME” or “BE MINE”.
I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, a neural network will learn the patterns that let it imitate the original data - although its imitation is sometimes imperfect. The candy heart messages it produced… well, you be the judge.
The neural net did produce some that would pass for - and arguably improve upon - the standard messages.
Others were in the same spirit, but perhaps not quite as effective.
YOU A LOVE
YOU ARE BABE
ME MY <3
YOU ARE IT
FANCY MY HERO
Others were, um, strange. I don’t know what they mean, but some of them might work on me.
PIN A FACE
BE A GOOL
TWEET UP BAT
These will probably not be one of the standard messages anytime soon.
LOVE 2000 HOGSYEA
HOW U HOT
YOU ARE BOA
YOU A GOO
YOU ARE BAG
If you need more love help from the neural network, check out the pick up lines it wrote.
Heart pictures made using https://cryptogram.com/hearts/
UPDATE: MORE HEARTS!
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