Computational Creativity

Computational creativity (CC) is the art, science, philosophy and engineering of computational systems which, by taking on particular responsibilities, exhibit behaviours that unbiased observers would deem to be creative. As a field of research, this area is thriving, with progress in formalising what it means for software to be creative, along with many exciting and valuable applications of creative software in the sciences, the arts, literature, gaming and elsewhere.

CC is a new way of looking at AI, which leaves behind the problem solving paradigm, and moves forward to problem-seeking approaches. In doing so, it echos some of the original motives of early AI, and also of the current Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) movement. The Association for Computational Creativity is the international organisation the promotes study of this new science.

At the VUB, Computational Creativity has a cognitive slant, with most of the work focused on predictive statistical systems that are claimed to model human creativity. One particular theory, Information Dynamics of Thinking, is at the centre of this work.