Can Computers be Creative? How? How can [a creative idea] arise, then, if not by magic? And how can one impossible idea be more surprising, more creative, than another? How can creativity happen?
– from Margaret Boden. Creativity and Unpredictability. Stanford Electronic Humanities Review 4(2), 1995.
I have been working in the M2M, IoT, and data space since founding Pod Group (a provider of IoT connectivity & billing software) in 1999, and have become greatly interested in how new technologies affect our working lives. Seeing the changes brought by automation, sensor technology, and artificial intelligence first-hand has given me insight into the everyday effects of technological progress. This led me to develop a management structure that promotes our human skills, in order to help us take full advantage of AI and the future of tech, and to ensure that businesses are prepared for radical change. Follow me on Twitter @ctowersclark and send your suggestions on what I should write next to firstname.lastname@example.org
Artificial Intelligence has increasingly become part our lives, from conversational bots, autonomous machines, personalized medicine to predictive analytics and facial recognition systems. These AI-based technologies are often regarded as black-boxes and the lack of interpretability and explainability of their functioning, predictions and assessments hamper our ability to fully trust them. In this talk, Dr. Luca Longo, academic, scientist, public speaker and teaching hero, emphasizes this problem through real-world examples, and he introduces a new discipline aimed at tackling it, namely Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI). This is a new paradigm that has started shaping the way we see and interact with machines. It will be revolutionary because it will finally empower human intelligence with artificial intelligence.
Technology is reshaping the operating-model of financial institutions fundamentally, and the attributes necessary to build a successful business. AI is weakening various components of incumbent financial institutions, thereby creating an opportunity for an entirely new operating-models and category-dynamics focused on the scale and sophistication of product, tech & data much more than the scale or complexity of capital. Unlike past'AI Springs', the science and practice of AI is poised to continue an unprecedented multi-decade run of progress. A clear vision of the future financial landscape is critical for good governance and strategic decisions. AI systems will eventually underwrite credit and insurance across the world.
Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) create an environment where design thinking skills are more valuable than data science skills? Will AI alter how we define human intelligence? Will AI actually force humans to become more human? Okay, sounds questions one might expect from an episode of Rod Serling's TV series "Twilight Zone" (which I preferred over the meaningless college football bowl games on New Year's Day). Instead of AI replacing humans, will AI actually make humans more human, and the very human characteristics such as empathy, compassion and collaboration actually become the future high-value skills that are cherished by leading organizations.
We speak a good deal on AI and creativity, most frequently around AI being creative; what about enhancing human creativity using AI? Our speaker – Dr Shama Rahman – will give us insight into the neuroscience of creativity and demonstrate how AI can be used as a tool to spark human creativity. She will explore the potential of the complementary symbiosis of neuroscientific-knowledge and AI-capabilities to result in neuro-enhancement and'augmented creative intelligence'; we can all benefit from this approach. Expounding on the stages within an innovation framework, different types of creativity, and the underlying neuroscience of the creative process, Shama will explore the capacity of AI as a symbiotic tool to augment the human creative process. The participants in this event can expect to embark on an AI-assisted creative session themselves using the'FlowCreate Innovator' which enhances creative processes combining AI, neuroscience, and digitised design-thinking tools and innovation frameworks: everyone attending will get a link to a trial version of the FlowCreate Innovator platform Dr Shama Rahman is a scientist, artist, creative technologist and futurist.
If the hallmark of intelligence is problem solving, then it should be no surprise that artificial intelligence is being called on to solve complex problems that human intelligence alone cannot. Intellectual property laws exist to reward intelligence, creativity and problem solving; yet, as society adapts to a world immersed in artificial intelligence, the nation's intellectual property laws have yet to do the same. The Constitution seems to only contemplate human inventors when it says, in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, "The Congress shall have Power … To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The Patent Act similarly seems to limit patents to humans when it says, at 35 U.S.C. § 100(f), "The term'inventor' means the individual or, if a joint invention, the individuals collectively who invented or discovered the subject matter of the invention." In fact, as far back as 1956, the U.S. Copyright Office refused registration for a musical composition created by a computer on the basis that copyright laws only applied to human authors.