Cracking Creativity with Computers: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

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Episode title: Marcus du Sautoy on creative AI ( 3/4/19 )

Source : Financial times Tech Tonic

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Guests:

  • John Thornhill -

  • Marcus du Sautoy - Oxford mathematician

Introduction

We loved this episode of FT Tech Tonic hosted by John Thornhill who interviewed Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy. Marcus recently published a super interesting book on Creativity and Artificial Intelligence. Here’s our notes and recommendations about this amazing piece of content

The 3 main points

  1. AI can help humans to find new ways to unleash creativity. We believe that we are at the pinnacle of creativity but we aren't, AI can help to dissipate the clouds over the next creativity peak standing in front of us.

  2. AI has already exhibited an extraordinary level of creativity in a number of different famous examples. The most notorious is the "Move 37" in the Alpha go game against Lee Sedol. As a consequence of that revolutionary move, we play go on a completely different way.

  3. Less Artificial intelligence and more Augmented Intelligence. The new trends towards AI move towards more cooperation between humans and machines, it is not mere replacement, this is especially true for complex tasks.

Lessons Learned

  • There are three different types of creativity:

    1. Exploratory - take something and push it to the extreme (e.g. Bach)

    2. Combinatory creativity- apply style of one composer to another, or mix elements of different styles (e.g. fusion cuisine)

    3. Transformational creativity - break the rules moment of genius

  • Computers and AI struggle being creative with text: too many nuances (e.g. Humor that mixes presentation, performance skills with linguistic ambiguity and psychology) music and images are easier to create because they are full of patterns

  • Creativity can be seen as a collective societal effort capturing the state of culture and the current trends tastes and resulting styles.

Our Suggestions

  • buy The Creativity Code book, seems really good ( 4.27 / 5 Goodread score, v high but only 42 votes)

  • check out some examples of "Artificial Creativity" in the deep dream tools

  • know more about the key technology behind Artificial Creativity, watch this short YouTube Video about GANs (Generative Adversarial Neural Networks)

 
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