From: Stephen Tattum (S.Tattum@dundee.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Feb 06 2004 - 08:02:49 MST
Q1: Is this really creativity at work?
Q2: Is the machine really inventing?
I saw this the other day too and it all depends on one's definition of
creativity and inventing - If you measure it by evidence then of course
its doing both but it cannot vouch for that fact itself - like I would
if I were being creative or inventing. The trouble with making something
that mimics one cabability of the human mind is that there's not any way
of knowing if its really going on or not - but what is real creativity
or real inventiveness? These are just concepts defined by us after we've
done the things we're defining so I suppose we can think whatever we
like - the question of whether anything REALLY is or not is always going
to be a matter of opinion. It's like Searle's Chinese room argument from
back in the 80's which didn't have a leg to stand on.
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