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Ira Glass quote on creativity

Human Creativity

I’ve occasionally been asked by students if I think computers will ever be able to replicate “human creativity”. My answer is that no, my definition, because our definition of “human creativity” is those things that computers can’t yet do.

Playing world class chess was once thought to require some of the highest human intelligence and crative abilities; then IBM built a computer that could beat the world’s best human chess players just by having an enormous database of previous games and enough computational power to search billions of positions, and a few clever algorithmic tricks to prune the search tree effectively. Writing music seems like an essentially creative human activity, but software can now compose music than even experts have a hard time distinguishing from Mozart.

Until recently, poker seemed like a last bastion where humanity might hold an advantage, but that appears to be short-lived.

That said, I think we can still recognize

being “creative”, whether in research, teaching, or administrating,

By the close mode, I mean the mode that we are in most of the time when we’re at work…. Its an active, slightly anxious mode,

a little tension in it, not much humor

By contract the open mode, is relaxed, expansive, less purposeful, in which we’re probably more con

more playful

“Because we’re not under pressure to get a specific thing done quickly, we can play, and that is what allows our natural creativity to surface.”

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