Watson's impact: the algorithm for creativity

Jeopardy was a great platform from which to reveal creative capacity.  A team of IBM designers from many disciplines worked four years to program this computer to be ‘smart’ enough to compete in a game of trivia.  It beat out it’s human competitors.Impacts

Does it mean the era of learning facts is over?  Could.  Are schools set up for the new world of asking fresh questions and selecting good answers?

The public’s expectations may have been altered somewhat toward what it means to be smart.  Within the next decade we’ll have computers that will provide ‘best’ answers; they’ll have algorithms that in a nano-second

  1. Define or delimit questions to enable search for options that relate
  2. Generate alternative scenarios and options from which recommend new directions
  3. Recommend best actions to take against along with the impacts it will have on the system overall

We might get so lazy that we’ll just plug into the computer with a quick question and it’ll give us the answer of what to think and do.  We’ll need to trust the programmers integrity moving forward because other people’s agendas may not be served through what they include, or not, in their data banks and algorithmic considerations.

Algorithm for Creativity

The algorithm for creativity is simple, and has no content. It’s a process that can be applied by humans until the time that we will no longer need to sweat through the threats of being original.

  1. Define or delimit your scope
  2. Generate options for fresh ideas
  3. Create tentative solutions
  4. Test those solutions against reality
  5. Select the best option
  6. Make it happen

Books can be written about each stage of this process, in fact, many already have.

Until the time comes that computers prevail as purveyors of creative thought, and recommendations for innovation, don’t you think it would be great if more people could get over their resistance to step into creating the future?

A simple way to do that is to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21.  Here’s how.