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11 - Artificial Intelligence and Imagination

from Part I - Theoretical Perspectives on the Imagination

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 May 2020

Anna Abraham
University of Georgia
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There is a long history of software programs that implement creativity, imagery, and imagination. They are used for generation of entertainment, creation of art, and simulation of the world. Some of these programs are created to shed light on the nature of imagination, and some are explicitly designed to model imagination in humans. These AIs also display a range of domain areas, from the creation of paintings, music, and plot structures, to the generation of entire fictional worlds. AI aids our understanding of imagination in several ways: It provides ideas of how it could work, it tests the feasibility of theories, and brings to light assumptions and new problems that are difficult to generate from theories that are only described in words.

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Print publication year: 2020

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