Making machines think creatively.

The Bussiness Dictionary defines “creative thinking” as a way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective that suggests unorthodox solutions.

Many defend that this domain is exclusive for humans, specially with he increasing fear of automated machines taking over many jobs, and that might be why many people look at me with an astonishing face when I tell then that my PhD research is on Artificial Creativity.

This thrilling field (also known as mechanical creativity or creative computing) is a multidisciplinary endeavour located at the intersection of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, philosophy, and the arts. The goal is to model, simulate or replicate creativity using a computer to better understand this cognitive process and ultimately build autonomous machines that show some kind of agency in the innovation activity. As pioneer scientist Margaret Boden says “our minds are virtual machines, and AI has given us a way to think about how our brains process information in rigorous and systematic terms”. All these questions about creativity, aesthetics, thinking and behaving are all products of information processing, so in the end research in AI can accelerate our understanding of human cognition.

Hrafn Thorri Thórisson at Think Artificial reminds us that a strong emphasis has therefore been on creating systems which mimic our abilities and specifically those of artists because creativity is easily identified only with the arts. This antropocentric view may be limiting us for finding new ideas and perspectives in other living systems and philosophies…

An interesting example can be found in the japanese culture which is  influenced by sintoist religion and it´s animistic worldview. In the far east robots are designed to help humans and enhance our capabilities, think of Nobita Nobi and his helpful synthetic friend Doraemon, where the robot mentioned it´s not only the kid´s best friend but treated as his brother by the whole family.

The answers to our questions probably will be easier to find not in misticism or pop culture but in a truly adventurous attitude towards a co-evolutionary perspective between biological and synthetic organisms. Let’s keep moving foward in this collaborative journey towards a better understanding of the creative forces that lead the transformation of humanity in the 21st century!

*(Picture: Javier Joaquín - La Nación).

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