Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Computer Creativity

PostedMay 3, 2019

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Lede: Can computers be creative? That was a topic of conversation at yesterday’s National Math Festival in D-C, during discussion of a book called The Creativity Code.

Randy Atkins: Computers have begun using artificial intelligence to do things like create music.

Marcus du Sautoy: Maybe not Mozart or Beethoven, but certainly music that can be the soundtrack, for example, for a video game.

Randy Atkins: Marcus du Sautoy, a University of Oxford professor, says true creativity is…

Marcus du Sautoy: …something which is new, surprising, and has value.

Randy Atkins: …and that computers are learning – and getting better at creating – what checks those boxes for humans. Du Sautoy doesn’t see computers taking over creativity for us, but rather as a collaborative tool.

Marcus du Sautoy: These machines are helping us as humans to be less like machines, because we get really stuck in patterns or ways of thinking. Sometimes we need something to kick us out of that pattern and to become creative again.

Randy Akins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.