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AI's Creativity

Updated: May 27, 2019

Creative AI event hosted by Pint of Science

AI's Creativity was the main topic on the first of three the Pint of Science Festival held on Monday May 2O-22th.

In it's Annual event, the Pint of Science organization held events in 24 countries on May 20-22, 2019 where researchers shared their scientific discoveries at their local pub or cafe.

Ottawa's Pint of Science team organized a series of events over the three day event including a very informative session on AI Creativity on May 20th. At this event we heard from two researchers using AI technology to extend the abilities of humans in new and creative ways.

From Google Brain, Pablo Samuel Castro a Senior Software Developer, presented his research on "Using Machine Learning Creatively" where he demonstrated how AI technology can be applied to some interesting musically creative uses. As summarized by Pablo...."The field of machine learning has seen an increase in the last few years, largely due to the impressive(often super-human) results achieved by some of these models. While research has traditionally focused on quantifiable tasks like image-classification and game-playing, there is a growing body of work on using machine learning models and techniques in a creative fashion. This is a space where progress is not easily measurable, but has the potential to take art to exciting new spaces that were previously not possible"

During the presentation, Pablo's live demonstrated how AI can create its own musical scores based on training the machine with musical work from the greatest composers. This was a an amazing talk which opened up a lot of discussion among participants about the future of AI and the creative arts.

Isaac Tamblyn, a Research Scientist at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) presented his work on how AI can be applied to theoretical physics research.

Issaac's presentation focused on how AI can be used in the world if Physics and how using AI can drastically improve the effort and time associated with scientific discovery. In recent years, AI based learning algorithms have become part of our everyday lives. However as Issac asserted, if a machine can learn to mimic and predict human behaviour, it can be trained do the same with the study of electrons and molecules. If so, the number of new scientific discoveries in the field of theoretical physic will be significant.

About Pint of Science:

Pint of Science is organized by a grass roots community of thousands of scientists across the world.

The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public. The aim is to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out and no prior knowledge of the subject is required. It is run mainly by volunteers and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012. 

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