Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy

How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Festival of the Future City/
Fri 18 October 2019

Marcus du Sautoy

How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Marcus du Sautoy
Fri 18 October 2019,

Will a computer ever compose a symphony, write a prize-winning novel, or paint a masterpiece? And if so, would we be able to tell the difference?

As humans, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be alive. Yet in many other areas, new developments in AI are shaking up the status quo, as we find out how many of the tasks humans engage in can be done equally well, if not better, by machines. But can machines be creative? Will they soon be able to learn from the art that moves us, and understand what distinguishes it from the mundane?

Marcus du Sautoy examines the nature of creativity, as well as providing an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music. How long will it be before machines come up with something creative? Will machines shock us into being imaginative? Du Sautoy provides an exploration of  both AI and the essence of what it means to be human.

This event is part of the 2019 Festival of the Future City.

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