Poems on humanity by artificial intelligence in stores now. Published in early 2023, Aum Golly 2 is an illustrated book of poems – written and illustrated in 12 hours by artificial intelligence.

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Aum Golly around the world

The talk around town about Aum Golly

Aum Golly is at once amusing, amazing and terrifying: this is what AI could do in 2021.

Riku Rantala / Helsingin Sanomat

“The book is funny, touching, inventive, witty and sensitive.”

Laura Järvinen / Tampereen korkeakoulujen kirjastot

Aum Golly shakes up established notions of poetry and its authorship by demonstrating that a talented poet who gives his all is no longer needed to create a convincing and emotional piece of art…

Tohtorikoulutettava Reeta Holopainen / Runografi

At their best, Aum Golly’s poems manages to touch and amuse with their surprisingness.

Mikko Saari / kirjavinkit.fi

Aum Golly

how to get one

The AI poetry series Aum Golly is available in English and Finnish.

NEW: illustrated poems on humanity by artificial intelligence

Aum Golly 2

Poems on humanity illustrated and written by AI in 12 hours.

Author: Jukka Aalho, ChatGPT
Illustrator: Midjourney
Year of publication: 2023
ISBN: 9789527397343
Publisher: Kertojan ääni
Language: English
Sivuja: 79
Other languages: Finnish*

UNIQUE GIFT: For collectors and special days

Aum Golly 2 with a unique poem

Order a poetry book with a unique poem written by AI. Available only in Finland.

The package includes:

  • the signature of the human author
  • a unique poem based on the idea of the commissioner
  • one unique illustration
  • Only available in Finland

Author: Jukka Aalho, ChatGPT
Illustrator: Midjourney
Year of publication: 2023
ISBN: 9789527397343
Publisher: Kertojan ääni
Language: English
Sivuja: 79

Part 1: where it all began

Aum Golly

The first part of a series: poems written by AI in 24 hours.

Author: Jukka Aalho, GPT-3
Year of publication: 2021
ISBN: 9789527397367
Publisher: Kertojan ääni
Language: English
Pages: 79
Other languages: Finnish*


How Aum Golly was born

Highlights from the AI poetry series over the years.

Aum Golly 2 in English and Finnish


Jan 30, 2023 / Aum Golly 2, the sequel to Aum Golly, is published in print in English and Finnish

Dec 3, 2022, 9 am to 9 pm: Aum Golly 2 is born

The sequel to Aum Golly is a 12-hour collaboration between Jukka Aalho, ChatGPT and Midjourney.

Nov 30, 2022 ChatGPT announced

US-based OpenAI releases the new ChatGPT language model.

July 12, 2022 Midjourney released

Midjourney, an AI art generator, is launched in open beta.

Aum Golly 1 in English


Oct 9, 2021 / Aum Golly 1 published in English as a paperback and e-book.

Apr 23, 2021 / Deliveries start

Deliveries of the printed Aum Golly in Finnish (Basam Books) begin

Aum Golly 1 in Finnish


April 15, 2021 / Aum Golly in Finnish is published as an audiobook and e-book.

April 3, 2021 / The book deal

Basam Books and Jukka Aalho sign a publishing contract for the first Aum Golly.

Birth: Aum Golly 1


Jan 31, 2021 / Jukka Aalho and GPT-3 create the Aum Golly poetry book in 24 hours.


OpenAI releases the GPT-3 language model in open beta.

Who is Jukka Aalho?

Jukka Aalho is an Oulu-based writer, podcaster, science communicator and TEDx speaker.

The co-author of Aum Golly is Jukka Aalho (b. 1986) from Oulu, who has directed the AI and selected the poems to be published. Aalho is an award-winning writer who has won prizes such as. the Martti Joenpolvi short story competition and J. H. Erkko writing competition twice. Since 2016, he has hosted the Kertojan ääni literature podcast.

Besides his creative endeavours, Aalho works in science communication and marketing.

Aum Golly is his first work of poetry.

What are ChatGPT and GPT-3?

ChatGPT and GPT-3 are language models published by the US-based OpenAI.

Large language models based on huge amounts of text and computing power are able to produce text, analyse code and summarize given text.

Launched in 2022, ChatGPT can converse in multiple languages.

What is Midjourney?

Midjourney is a US company and image generator of the same name, launched in 2022.

Midjourney generates images based on text input from the user. In Aum Golly 2, the illustrations are fed by the phrase “an illustration for this poem [itse runo]”.


Explore the world of Aum Golly

  • Video critique of AI literature

    Video critique of AI literature


    The Roughest Drafts YouTube channel reviewed AI literature in their video critique during the spring of 2024. The review includes Aum Golly and Aum Golly 2.

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  • On the importance of Aum Golly book series reviews

    On the importance of Aum Golly book series reviews


    A review of the two parts of the Aum Golly book series was published on 31.8.2023 in the Finnish literary site Kiiltomato. The authors were Teemu Korpijärvi and Tuuli Hongisto. You can read the review here. Criticism warms the writer’s heart. Someone takes the time to study the work, organise their thoughts and share them…

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  • Using Artificial Intelligence in Product Images

    Using Artificial Intelligence in Product Images


    Some of Aum Golly’s product images are made using artificial intelligence. See examples.

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