AI for Creativity by Niklas Hageback

Every discovery contains an irrational element or a creative intuition.

Karl Popper, Austro-British philosopher (1902–1994), The Logic of Scientific Discovery

One of the most notable features that makes us humans a distinctly unique species is our creative capacity providing, at times, an extraordinary productivity and remarkable innovations, an ability that through quantum leap innovations has propelled us to the current digital age. However, generating creative breakthroughs are easier said than done, they appear less frequent and in a more scattered manner than desired, it seems that we have not yet fully cracked the creative code, allowing us to advance academia, commerce, and science entirely at our will. There is a puzzling irrational element to it which makes creativity hard to control, much to the dismay of authoritarian regimes, and as history has shown, it is not always easy to produce the expected results to solve elusive problems, and when breakthroughs do come, they tend to carry the hallmarks of serendipity. A lot of research has been put into understanding the creative process, given the great value it holds both commercially and intellectually, but the mechanism behind our creative capabilities has proven stubbornly difficult to fully explain. The critical junction of creative breakthroughs which often come through so-called Eureka moments, its activation and origin remain enigmatic, and deliberately trying to provoke it into action has often proven futile.

However, artificial intelligence with its aspiration to replicate the human mind is set to change all that. Key areas of artificial intelligence have been progressing remarkably swift and now allow for no longer only envisaging computational creativity as a future aspiration but actually embarking on the practical work with the design and development of tools that can be embedded into the human creative process. The integration between the human mind and its artificial counterpart is thereby perhaps nearing its completion. But what will that look like and will it be the missing link in the quest for a seamless man–machine interconnectivity?

AI for Creativity is a book for anyone with an interest in the advancement of artificial intelligence, notably the truly fascinating prospect of computational creativity. By being guided on how the human creative process works, the reader is equipped with an understanding of the design principles of the ongoing research and work on various applications that aspires to empower artificially induced creativity. The book provides a fascinating read of what is currently emerging in a truly cutting-edge area of artificial intelligence, how tools are being developed to enable computational creativity that holds the propensity to dramatically change our lives.

The book is structured in four chapters that detail the creative process and what has been ascertained about it. It also makes a deep dive into the enigmatic part of creativity that borders almost to the mystical and provides a plethora of perspectives on creativity from art to science. The book explains the in-depth conceptual sketch on what computational creativity might look like and how it is set to operate, and finally, it concludes with highlights of how the holistic man–machine connect is about to accelerate human creativity into an unprecedented phase.

Published by Niklas Hageback

Niklas Hageback The Virtual Mind

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