Professor Andrew Brown, 'Wired for Genius: The Roots of Creativity in Artists & Machines Seminar'

Professor Andrew Brown participated in the Wired for Genius: The Roots of Creativity in Artists & Machines Seminar at the World Science Fair at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane.

 

'Wired for Genius: The Roots of Creativity in Artists & Machines'

Can the passion that fuels a work of art be mimicked by machines? Inspired by the terror inflicted during a World War II bombing, Picasso painted the Weeping Woman, one of his most famous works of art. Now computer scientists are trying to harness that creative spark, developing computers that can paint, compose music and design complex puzzles and games.

Critics argue these smart machines aren’t creative; they’re merely extensions of their programmers. But what if the machine is taught to rewrite its own code, becoming better—and more distinct—from its original program? At what point does the machine own its creativity?

Joined by leading experts in psychology, neuroscience and computational creativity, this program explores the roots of creativity in humans and computers, what artificial creativity can teach us about our own imaginations, and the promise of systems that build on the capabilities of both.