Ted Talks: How Computers Are Learning To Be Creative

In a TEDx talk entitled “How Computers are Learning to Be Creative”, Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Google principal scientist, demonstrated how neural networks recognizing images can run them in reverse— thus generating them. Of this, he noted that perception and creativity are highly linked together. With Google’s neural network models, machine perception and machine creativity are no longer that far-fetched. Perception and Creativity Arcas identified perception as the process by which simple objects are transformed by the mind into overwhelmingly different concepts. With today’s technology, even computers are capable of perception. Creativity, on the other hand, is actually— as far as Arcas is concerned in his speech— the “flip side” of the former. Given that, creativity has something to do with turning a concept into something else entirely. Arcas is…


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