Creativity and the art of artificial imagination

Can art already being created by machines be treated on a par with art created by humans — that is, are the principles of human creativity getting increasingly programmable? It is getting increasingly clearer that artificial intelligence (AI)-guided automation would make human labour redundant for a number of jobs, from driving to financial advisory services. But can machine learning and robotics — key elements of AI — replace human creativity as well? A highly-cited Oxford University report on automation and job loss — which enumerated at least 70 jobs, from driving to financial advisory services, were at the risk of getting automated — was sceptical of this, saying occupations that require high creative intelligence are unlikely to get automated in the next couple of decades. But the MIT Technology Review,…


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