The young Jacobal received another update to the child’s toy. He was asked to have it generate poetry.
Here is what was generated by the new machine’s software; shown in reverse, chronological order:
Jacobal laughed more than a few times and responded back to the developers by mentalmark; as usual.
Jacobal still remembered that strange story that the machine had made in an earlier version:
… so he laughed again. The potential was great, but it sure had a long way to go before it could go on the market, if ever.
Some of the stanzas were not bad, some needed work, and many needed to be thrown out altogether; or so Jacobal thought.
The team wanted the machine to have a unique personality built in. They wanted creativity at the risk of failure. This idea was not good for Return on Investment (ROI) and management usually had the final say in such matters.
T.L. Toys was an altogether different sort of toy company. Located in a unique location with unique opportunities to be exploited, it had potential in the high-end children’s toy department that nobody else but the T.L. cofounders had thought could be done.