With each passing day, Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to outperform the best of human efforts. Be it detecting diseases of the heart or predicting pregnancies, AI operates at supreme levels of mental horsepower. No wonder it takes the lead. As AI proceeds to change the ways and means of different fields, there is one field where humans tend to lead the way – Creativity.
Most people truly believe that creativity is the last human-exclusive domain that AI simply cannot wrap its head around. We are proud of our brain’s unpredictability, something that machines cannot compete with.
Instead of considering AI to be a barrier or, worse, a threat to human creativity, it is beneficial to consider ways where AI complements human creativity. Here are five ways in which AI boosts human creativity for the better!
David Cope, a traditional music composer, turned to computers to navigate a musician’s block way back in 1982. He has spent the last three decades working on Experiments in Musical Intelligence. Since then, the algorithms have created a variety of original musical compositions. In addition, Cope also created a computer program named Emily Howell in the early 1990s.
Emily consists of an interactive user interface that composes music based on her style rather than taking inspiration from other music composers. Fast forward to today, Sony’s flow machine is one of the many AI-backed music tools out in the market. The machine offers technical and songwriting assistance to musicians.
Award-winning director and choreographer Wayne McGregor is highly renowned for taking the assistance of AI in enhancing his choreography projects. He fed the algorithm with hundreds of hours of video footage showing individual styles of dancers. AI then learned how to dance and curated new dance patterns.
As is understood here, the goal was not to replace the choreographer; but to effectively iterate and develop new choreographic patterns.
Highly voted face swap video app, Hellos has changed the age-old definitions of entertainment. This AI-backed face-swapping technology enables users to switch their faces with famous movie stars and celebrities. Users can explore a wide range of content from across 12 languages and 7 genres. Tap into your creative quotient with Hellos and create trends in a jiffy.
What’s more? Users can also share them across their social media platforms and connect with friends & family. As digital media continues to take the front seat, groundbreaking innovations and AI-assisted technologies like Hellos have become everyone’s favorite.
Who said AI was limited to spaces outside the kitchen? Chefs across the world also appreciate AI’s creative assistance. Besides altering long-established recipes, it also helps curate new combinations in the food industry. Microsoft has been working with distillery companies based in Sweden and Finland to develop what is known as the AI-developed whiskey.
Furthermore, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory(CSAIL) at MIT is taking stock of all photos of the food we post on social media. Through computer vision, the images are analyzed to determine people’s food habits and thereby suggest recipes based on the food pictured.
Novels and Articles
Although there is a vast amount of information confirming the writing capabilities of AI, it has always been a challenging skill for AI to acquire. So far, AI was most successful in producing short-form content. With rapid advancements in neural networks, AI is now able to write novels as well. Did you know that Kopan Page has published a book on Superhuman Innovation that not only talks about AI but is also co-written by AI?
Poem Portraits is yet another noteworthy collaboration between AI and human creativity. All you need to do is provide the algorithm with a single word, and it will be used to generate a short poem.
The Dawn Of A New Era
Listed above are some of the many remarkable collaborations between AI and humans. It is not entirely correct to assume that AI has supreme creative capabilities in comparison to humans. In fact, it only fits to say that AI is merely a facilitator and an extension of human creativity.
Be it the music or food industry, we have seen how AI generates mind-boggling results only after humans have given their inputs. While this status is unlikely to change in the near future, we cannot completely rule out the array of other possibilities. But, we can conveniently and comfortably embrace AI and make the most of human intellect for now!