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.
This paper describes the use of robots within an interdisciplinary course at a liberal arts college. The course, entitled "The Nature of Intelligence" covered the major paradigms of Artificial Intelligence and their application to robotics, including contemporary objections to those paradigms. The project required students to implement their own reactive robots, and to put those robots into an environment where intelligent behavior could be exhibited.