Have we ever considered that creativity is a special part of human intelligence?
Maybe so, since we have never thought of machines as being able to grasp any sort of creativity. Is this because we would have a difficult time quantifying the parameters of a creative function? After all, a machine’s output is always predetermined by a programmer, right?
However, the latest news is that artificial intelligence is starting to embrace creativity. And it is doing so in various arenas from industry to art. Because of this, the future appears ready to usher in machines that are even more creative than ever.
Defining Machine Creativity
One such example of a machine being creative is none other than robotic art. This has actually a fairly rapidly growing field and is considered to reside in a place between the study of human psychology and artificial intelligence.
Anyone that cares to check out the winners from the Robot Art Competition of 2017 would be quite impressed. Just as works which had been created by skilled artists, striking compositions that were conjured up by this competition’s robotic artists are amazing. One of the robot paintings had featured the bearded face of a man glaring intently out of the canvas, with his eyes locked into those of the viewer. And this there was an abstract painting called “inspired” that was created by data of EEG signals, which visually depicted human emotion of misery along with gloomy stripes of purple and black.
To be sure, a machine that creates is actually software (often times enclosed in a robot structure) which synthesizes various inputs to create new ideas, solutions to complicated scientific problems, or original artwork. In a process which is very similar to what a human artist would do, creative machines begin its work by first framing a problem. After that, the software specifies what requirements the solution would need before it generates “answers” that are in the form of unique patterns, designs, or any type of creative output.
Granted, to some people the idea of a creative machine probably seems like science fiction or something, but this basic notion has been slowly coming along for many decades. For instance, one of the most popular robot painters named Aaron has been painting since the 1970s.
Industrial designers have been utilizing automated processes for decades in order to design computer chips. Also, there is a program that a man named David Cope created which writes original music using the various styles of classical composers. Some these works have actually been performed live by real human orchestras.
Creative Machines Have Been Around For Decades
As we can see, creative machines have been around for a while. However, the thing that is unique about the new generation of robotic creators and designers is their power and ubiquity.
There has been a recent explosion of creativity from artificial machines. This fact has been resulted in the quick maturation of other exponential technologies which are currently affecting our daily lives. Things such as very fast and powerful processors, ubiquitous sensors, wireless networks, and more improved algorithms are paving the way for big changes.
As they keep improving, these creative machines are going to undertake a huge range of creative tasks. These activities will range from daily problem solving all the way to even creating once in a lifetime masterpieces. We could see the machines doing everything from designing casts for marble sculptures or even designing the newest wine bottle openers. The possibilities will be endless.