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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Can AI-produced art be genuinely creative?

Can AI-produced art be genuinely creative? AI-produced art has the potential to show us how we as humans frequently limit our own creativity in a very machine-like way, and could force us to rediscover the creative abilities that make us human, argues mathematician Marcus du Sautoy in this Financial Times podcast (listen, runtime: 19:56). He cites jazz musician Bernard Lubat, who experimented with machine learning systems that ended up producing music that he felt was “unquestionably” him, but years ahead of what he was actually creating. The 2001 Lovelace test was created to assess creativity in machines, saying essentially that if a machine can originate a work of art using a repeatable (rather than a random) process, but the AI’s programmer cannot explain how the output was produced, it has attained human-like intelligence.

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