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.
Benchmarks can be very misleading, says Douwe Kiela at Facebook AI Research, who led the team behind the tool. Focusing too much on benchmarks can mean losing sight of wider goals. The test can become the task. "You end up with a system that is better at the test than humans are but not better at the overall task," he says. "It's very deceiving, because it makes it look like we're much further than we actually are."
By Ratna Mehta Technological advancement is a double-edged sword; while it oils the wheels of advancement and innovation leading to breakthroughs that improve efficiency, rationalise cost and improve the quality of life, it has its fallouts, i.e. job losses, health issues and environmental pollution. Man vs Machine With the rise of AI, there is increasing anxiety around massive job displacement. This is substantiated by widespread research: - Accountants have a 95% chance of losing jobs - 29% of legal sector jobs could be automated in 10 years - Intelligent agents and robots could replace 30% of the world's current human labour Being a trader was an esteemed profession, but with AI systems that can analyse information from markets, social media, corporate filings and economic conditions to quickly decipher trades, these systems can trade better than any human. As per analysis firm Oxford Economics, up to 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world could be replaced with robots by 2030. Man and Machine Joining Forces How we use technology depends on our perspective; we can use it to'replace' humans or we can leverage it to'augment' humans.
Christie's made the headlines in 2018 when it became the first auction house to sell a painting created by AI. The painting, named Portrait of Edmond de Belamy, ended up selling for a cool $432,500, but more importantly, it demonstrated how intelligent machines are now perfectly capable of creating artwork. It was only a matter of time, I suppose. Thanks to AI, machines have been able to learn more and more human functions, including the ability to "see" (think facial recognition technology), speak and write (chatbots being a prime example). Learning to create is a logical step on from mastering the basic human abilities.
Perhaps many people are like me in that hearing the word "machine learning" for the first time brings forth images of Skynet from The Terminator movies or Haley Joel Osment's character from the Steven Spielberg's film A.I. Artificial Intelligence. However, machine learning has now become a regular part of our vernacular when it comes to predictive modeling in many conditions. Ramgopal et al use machine learning methods to derive and validate a new prediction model for risk stratification of febrile infants 60 days of age. Using various machine learning approaches, the authors developed a prediction model with high sensitivity and specificity compared with recent prediction models for febrile infants. So, are machine learning models the new paradigm for risk stratification of febrile infants? The results are intriguing, particularly the high specificity of the model, but further work must be done, as explained nicely by Chamberlain et al in an accompanying commentary (10.1542/peds.2020-012203).
Despite only announcing the promotion on Wednesday morning, Chipotle Mexican Grill has already awarded all of the allotted prizes to the first 250,000 winning participants of an online "Chipotle IQ" quiz. THIS IS EACH STATE'S FAVORITE FAST-FOOD FRENCH FRY, STUDY CLAIMS The quiz, which promised digital buy-one-get-one coupons for winners, tasked participants with successfully answering 10 trivia questions about the chain's "sourcing, ingredients, recipes, and sustainability efforts." Some of the questions, such as, "What percentage of Chipotle bowls are made of compostable fiber?", seem quite obviously designed to tout the brand's sustainability measures (spoiler alert: it's 100%), while others, like "When is Chipotle's birthday," are a little more obscure. "There were 250K Chipotle brainiacs who came before you, so unfortunately we're fresh out of BOGO prizes," reads a message greeting visitors to the Chipotle IQ test. "Chipotle IQ allows our customers to discover Chipotle in a whole new way and rewards our most devoted brand experts," said Chris Brandt, Chipotle's chief marketing officer, in a press release. "We're introducing a test our fans will actually be excited to take."
Unless you're a machine and you're reading this, you are in fact a human being. You perceive, make sense of, adapt, and respond to what life presents you. In doing so, you come up with creative acts and solutions, thriving for stability or exciting new outcomes as you go. You do so even if you don't feel yourself to be all that creative. As humans, we make sense of, adapt, and respond to what life presents to us.
This week, host Isaac Butler traces the creative origins of Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer-winning musical A Strange Loop. After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss Michael's distinction between an autobiographical work and a self-referential work. In Slate Plus, Michael talks about two celebrity encounters, one with Liz Phair, whose music inspired a lot of his work, and one with Tyler Perry, whose work was satirized ruthlessly in A Strange Loop. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to email@example.com
Unless you're a machine and you're reading this, you are in fact a human being. You perceive, make sense of, adapt, and respond to what life presents you. In doing so, you come up with creative acts and solutions, thriving for stability or exciting new outcomes as you go. You do so even if you don't feel yourself to be all that creative. To offset this side of us, we all need a certain degree of methodical focus too.
Kinetiq, the world's first TV intelligence platform to unite paid, earned and owned media, has named Rishit Shah as chief product and technology officer (CPTO) to lead product strategy and technological advancements for the growing company. In this new role, Shah is responsible for designing and implementing a product roadmap to accelerate Kinetiq's platform innovation and align product strategy with customer needs. "Rishit is an important addition to the Kinetiq leadership team and we look forward to working with him to chart a path forward for the company," said Kevin Kohn, CEO, Kinetiq. "With his strong technical and product background, there's no doubt Rishit will play an instrumental role in evolving our product strategy and dramatically scale our platform as we continue to build out a truly unique TV intelligence platform that provides unparalleled insights into paid, owned and earned media." Shah brings deep technical roots and extensive data platform development experience to his new role. Prior to joining Kinetiq, Shah held executive product and technology positions at 7Park Data and Lotame, and launched digital products for The Washington Post.
But rather than nudging out the need for humans, the artificial intelligence might stand to enhance the creative process. Or so the experts say. The implication of AI on design is a major theme of the 21st century, with experts from many fields discussing the AI's entanglements with fashion, design, media, art and beyond. Entrepreneur Camilla Olson was in town to promote her fashion-tech software solution Savitude, which uses AI to recommend clothing based on a shopper's shape and proportions. Before Savitude, Olson founded two predictive modelling companies and designed an eponymous fashion label, both of which informed her insights into solving fashion's fit issues.