Creativity and The Machine (The Creativity Series)


NPR Studio 360: Are Computers Creative

“This week, Kurt Andersen asks: can computers make art? And if so, when?  Will it be any good?  We’ll meet a program named AARON that’s been painting for nearly 40 years, a filmmaker who replaced her editor with an algorithm, and professor who thinks what computers need is more Shakespeare.

It’s 4pm, and I’m in my car. I put on WYNC, the local NPR station, and the program Studio 360 begins. The question that starts the show is “Are Computers Creative?”, and the first thing you hear is about a computer named Brutus that is writing a novel.

What?

Well, the creator of Brutus goes on to say that all Brutus is doing, through its algorithms and pathways and thingamajigs is a copy of what he and the other programmers have, well, programmed it to do. It’s aping the apes, so to speak.

Then there is the inventor of The Creativity Machine, Stephen L. Thaler, Ph.D. An A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) computer that he states that yes, machines CAN be original and creative, and they have the machine to prove it. They just send a jumbled signal through, and it produces music and more.

Then there is AARON above, that has been painting for almost 40 years (photo on the linked page); a machine named Darci that judges Art, and…well, the program link is above. Just click on the title and it will take you to the Studio 360 page. Well worth the listen.

So…what do you think? Welcome to the Machine?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Li @Flash Fiction
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 18:48:56

    I suppose that machines can be taught to mimic the arts, and some of it might be quite good, but what will be lacking is the human experience/emotion which imbues so many creations, particularly in the performance category. Perhaps a machine can create a song and “sing” it, but will it ever move me to tears? I somehow doubt it.

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  2. bornstoryteller
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 18:52:03

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? These are questions we may not be around to answer, but…AI people think so, maybe, sorta…it’s an interesting program to listen to.

    Thanks Li.

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