Artificial Creativity

January 15, 2017

Computer scientists are closing in on the next frontier in artificial intelligence — machines that can create. Make art. Write stories. Compose music. The dream is to open the door to a whole new kind of creativity. But don’t throw away your paintbrush yet—in this hour, we explore the dream and the limits of artificial creativity.

  1. Machine Music Theory 101

    Doug Eck directs Google’s new “Magenta” project, an experiment in teaching machines to make art, leveraging advances in machine learning like neural networks to enable computers to do things like compose music.

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  2. Cracking the “Bestseller Code”

    An algorithm might not be able to spit out a chart-topping song —at least not yet—but it might be able to help you write a best-selling novel.

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  3. My Robot Could Paint That

    When a computer program fixes a writer’s novel, or improvises a few bars of music, is that real creativity? Are they not just doing what they were programmed to do? Blaise Agüera y Arcas would wholeheartedly disagree.

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  4. Creative Differences with Android Lloyd Webber

    Could a computer write the next West Side Story or Hamilton? That’s what composers Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor tried to figure out—the result is a musical called “Beyond the Fence.”

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  5. Nothing Left To Do But Write Songs

    While pregnant with her first child, Amanda Shires was playing fiddle on the road for her husband, the country superstar, Jason Isbell. Near the end of her pregnancy, touring got to be too much. So she stayed home, alone, for weeks… with nothing to do but write songs. The result is her new album called “My Piece of Land.” 

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