Artificial Intelligence and Literary Creativity: Inside the Mind of Brutus, a Storytelling Machine

Artificial Intelligence and Literary Creativity: Inside the Mind of Brutus, a Storytelling Machine

by Selmer Bringsjord, David Ferrucci
     
 

Is human creativity a wall that AI can never scale? Many people are happy to admit that experts in many domains can be matched by either knowledge-based or sub-symbolic systems, but even some AI researchers harbor the hope that when it comes to feats of sheer brilliance, mind over machine is an unalterable fact. In this book, the authors push AI toward a time when

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Is human creativity a wall that AI can never scale? Many people are happy to admit that experts in many domains can be matched by either knowledge-based or sub-symbolic systems, but even some AI researchers harbor the hope that when it comes to feats of sheer brilliance, mind over machine is an unalterable fact. In this book, the authors push AI toward a time when machines can autonomously write not just humdrum stories of the sort seen for years in AI, but first-rate fiction thought to be the province of human genius. It reports on five years of effort devoted to building a story generator—the BRUTUS.1 system.

This book was written for three general reasons. The first theoretical reason for investing time, money, and talent in the quest for a truly creative machine is to work toward an answer to the question of whether we ourselves are machines. The second theoretical reason is to silence those who believe that logic is forever closed off from the emotional world of creativity. The practical rationale for this endeavor, and the third reason, is that machines able to work alongside humans in arenas calling for creativity will have incalculable worth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805819878
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
List of Tables
List of Figures
1Setting the Stage1
2Could a Machine Author Use Imagery?33
3Consciousness and Creativity67
4Mathematizing Betrayal81
5The Narrative-Based Refutation of Church's Thesis105
6Inside the Mind of BRUTUS149
Bibliography205
Index226

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