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Can AI Replace Human Creativity?

Writen by Hassan Ali

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Technology continues to change our lives with new features that bring ease and efficiency. The evolution of artificial intelligence has brought human-like emotions to computer programs. With the click of a button and a few details, we can create audio, video, images, and content that feels like it is written by a human rather than an AI bot.

But has artificial intelligence become intelligent enough to replace our cognitive and creative skills? This question is significant for humans engaged in creative work, such as painters, artists, content creators, and even philosophers.

What is Human Creativity?

Defining human creativity has been a complex task for cognitive scientists, philosophers, and thinkers alike. Philosopher Immanuel Kant viewed creativity as an inherent human ability to imagine, understand, and create new concepts or experiences. Nelson Goodman makes a case for creativity as the ability to create and break the rules around us.

Creativity can also be something that is influenced by our environment. Exposure to diverse forms of art, musical instruments, social conditions, emotions, architecture, and literature can impact the creativity and inspiration of artists.

Likewise, creativity might also depend on the set of tools a doctor has while operating a patient. A doctor without access to electricity could use car batteries to charge a defibrillator or use vacuum suction to relieve pain. Evan you as a creative social media strategist can create an interactive infographic to convey special messages to your audience. For humans, creativity can lead to boundless possibilities.

So, How creative is AI?

Computer programs are often perceived as creative as the humans creating them. But artificial intelligence and machines may be more creative at solving problems than we are. And why wouldn’t they? We have programmed them to do so. Consider asking GPT-4 to write a creative blog. Writing an SEO-optimised blog and adding an original image that fits your needs will take less than thirty seconds.

Scientists believe AI can be creative in two ways: by mimicking human creativity or by generating novel and valuable outcomes that humans cannot.

Our current technologies and techniques are helping AI do both as we progress with computer vision, machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing, generative adversarial networks, evolutionary algorithms, and swarm intelligence that help AI learn from human data and produce similar or improved outputs.

If we gauge AI creativity through the lens of Alan Turing’s “Turing Machine,” artificial intelligence is constantly learning, solving problems, manipulating symbols, and potentially performing any computation. Sounds familiar? Our Generative Pre-Trained Transformers (GPT) and Large Language Models (LLMs) are trained to do that. They do not just use logic; they use big data and complex neural networks to go beyond human intelligence and find tangible outcomes.

Is Tesla autopilot driving our cars and suggesting the best route to recharge batteries a creative solution? It depends on how good your driving skills are or how aware you are of the charging stations around you.

Challenges to AI Creativity

Artificial intelligence is more creative than us in solving complex mathematical problems, making a website, picking investment decisions, or writing emails. Still, it has many challenges that stop it from replacing human creativity.

  • Ethical issues such as plagiarism, responsibility, ownership, and impact. Who owns the intellectual property rights of the creative products, and who is accountable for the consequences? Think about the creative NFT art that holds no value now and is easy to copy.
  • AI can also not quantify creativity in the form of quality, novelty, and appropriateness of the output. A human can always ask for a more creative answer that they think is more appropriate.
  • There is also no single answer to why artificial intelligence wants to be creative. With the evolution of AI, what goals motivate artificial intelligence to be creative? This is a more philosophical answer that AI ethical scientists are trying hard to answer.

Conclusion

In realistic terms, there is no definite answer to whether AI can replace human creativity or not. As a collaborator and partner, artificial intelligence can assist us in generating new ideas, but it still depends on human creativity to go the extra mile to complete tasks. However, in the future, AI could become sentient and get creative beyond our imagination.

 

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