It’s an unfortunate fact that there’s no single, online information source that covers machines that can compose music, invent patentable ideas, or make up stories on their own (yes, all of these exist). So, let’s fix that, shall we?
Today I’m introducing something new on Think Artificial: A Living Article. It’s not exactly a blog entry, wiki nor a static page, but an article that I intend to gradually add to and improve upon. The article is an easy-read overview of artificial creativity, or at least the beginning of one. You can always find it through the main menu, and I’ll be posting notifications whenever it’s significantly updated. Moreover, I invite you to help create it!
I thought it’d be cool to try see if we couldn’t put together a bit of an overview of the field, along with examples, a link repository and photo collection of research currently being carried out. As I announced recently, I’m going to be covering a bit more of creativity here and I’ll be using material from those entries to gradually build up the Living Article.
Yeah, so I’m not inventing anything new here. It’s just a webpage that gets updated and built up gradually. But as it’s being made explicitly for continual updating rather than being a typical static webpage, and because it isn’t a Wiki page (only I edit, for now), I thought’d would make sense to label it somehow. Mainly I just wanted a name for it, and I think ‘Living Article’ sounds good. Plus, it allows for an ultra-cool double helix banner
Take Part in the Action!
To make this more exciting and informative, I’d like to ask you to send along questions or comments you might have on the artificial creativity! To give you some ideas and get that gray matter cranking:
- If you make a program that invents, is it really the program that’s inventing rather than the programmer?
- Is a computer that can produce art really creative if it can’t appreciate aesthetics?
- Can computers ever really create anything new, they only do what we tell them to, don’t they?
I can’t promise I’ll be able to answer all of them, but I can promise that I’ll do my best. And, of course, I welcome any suggestions, links and general comments on the page! One more thing, if YOU want to answer something, or discuss something on creativity — drop me a line and we’ll see if we can either integrate it into the Overview or alternatively make it a guest post here.
I’m going to see if this is a good idea. See what the response is like. Perhaps I’ll put up more articles like this here if things work out. Maybe we could even donate it eventually to Wikipedia, seeing how the artificial creativity page there is a bit sad to look at. But for now this single page stays up and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! Currently, it’s styled like an encyclopaedic article — pretty dry and reciting facts. I’m wondering whether it would serve more purpose that way, or if I should make it more casual.
What do you think? Encyclopaedic or casual? (I’m just talking about the article, not the posts on Think Artificial. They have their own style.)