The Creativity Code 1

What’s in it for me? A closer look at art-making AI.

Algorithms that paint psychedelic images, apps that do your makeup, programs that generate photos of people that don’t exist – even if you’re not a tech nerd, you’ve probably read about some of AI’s recent advances in your news feed. Many of the headlines concern AI forays into art, music and other areas of human creativity. Perhaps AI art is such a hot topic because creativity is one of our most distinguishing features. In fact, the human urge to express oneself through art might be older than modern humans. For instance, archeologists have found 500,000-year-old carved shells in Java that they believe to be the work of Homo erectus, ancestor to both the Neanderthals and us. If creativity predates humans, is it possible that it will transcend us? Is the proliferation of AI already paving the way for the next step of evolution – giving rise to intelligent machine artists who create paintings, music and literature of their own?  To answer this question, mathematician and art enthusiast Marcus du Sautoy takes us on a journey, from the basic principles of computing to the math of music and the near future of art-making AI.  In these readims you’ll learn about the three different types of human creativity; the common language that unites math, music and computing; and a computer program able to compose symphonies like Bach.

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