<philosophy of mind, philosophy of AI> creativity is an acid test for artificial intelligence and cognitive science. If computers cannot be creative, then (a) they cannot be intelligent, and (b) people are not machines. However, the standard arguments against machine intelligence are not convincing.
Issues in computers and creativity include: Can computers be creative? Can they help us understand human creativity? How can they best enhance human creativity? What would the implications be for AI and cognitive science if computers could not be creative? This entry limits itself to two initial questions: Why is creativity important for AI and cognitive science? and How convincing are the standard arguments against machine creativity?
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