Creativity and AI: A Response to Boden

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Are creativity and artificial intelligence contradictions in terms? Margaret Boden argues that a creative product is one that is 'surprising' as a result of the combination, exploration, or transformation involved in producing it. Boden uses examples of artificial intelligence systems that fit all of these criteria, but then argues that 'real' creativity involves autonomy, intentionality, valuation, emotion, and consciousness. I analyse Boden's position and argue that her argument is problematic as a result of the anthropocentrism implicit in the bifurcated definition she sets up. Contrary to Boden, I propose that we need not jealously guard creativity as an ability that is exclusively held by humans. I suggest we rather reject the anthropocentric conception of agenthood as problematic within our understandings of creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robots in Social Institutions - Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022
EditorsRaul Hakli, Pekka Makela, Johanna Seibt
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781643683744
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2023
Event5th Robophilosophy Conference: Social Robots in Social Institutions, Robophilosophy 2022 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 16 Aug 202219 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314


Conference5th Robophilosophy Conference: Social Robots in Social Institutions, Robophilosophy 2022


  • AI
  • Boden
  • art
  • autonomy
  • creativity
  • intentionality
  • valuation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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