Poetry

Can Computers Be Creative?

We tend to look at creativity as a strictly human trait, but can computers be creative too? In 1952, British computer scientist Christopher Strachey programmed the Mark 1 baby computer to generate love poems. The result was generated from a database of romantic verbs and nouns-something like a sentimental Mad Libs. Artificial intelligence has also produced musical compositions, fiction stories, and original paintings.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Creativity is a prominent feature of problem solving and a way to psychologically unburden the self. 00:23

  2. In 1952, British computer scientist Christopher Strachey programmed the Mark 1 baby computer to generate love poetry. 00:55

  3. Freud said that a child's awareness and pride of their own feces is the child's first introduction to their ability to create. 01:40

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