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Can robots be creative?

Humans have been mastering the arts and creating music for thousands of years - how can we expect computers to do it in less than a century?

Asked by: Dave Roberts, Sheffield


Yes they can. Creativity involves combining ideas together in novel ways. In nature, we see amazing creativity arising from evolution, where genes from different parents are uniquely blended. So when we use genetic algorithms, which mimic evolution, computers ‘cross over’ ideas in novel ways to produce highly creative solutions. Today, computers can compose music, produce art, and design unconventional and efficient solutions to problems.


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