Nowadays there's a lot of hype about creativity being the best workplace skill of the future because it's the one thing that we can't currently program robots to be better at than us.
But what even is creativity anyway? Scientifically, it's "being able to come up with a novel solution to a problem". And before you say:
- remember that a problem, basically, is when you want something to be different, but you don't know how to make it different. So, for example, wishing a feeling or idea was expressed (when it isn’t, yet) is a problem that can be solved by ‘the arts’.
Which means finding a novel solution to a problem, i.e. being creative in any way, is basically finding an original way to make a thing different that you want to be different.
In real life, our problem solving 'data blocks' are basically bits of information that we store and access through memory, sense perception, emotions etc.
And in problem solving endeavours, humans have LOTS of blocks to choose from, whereas robots, i.e. computer programmes, mostly only have blocks directly relevant to their function (and they can work those blocks a lot more efficiently than humans can work the same blocks).
But robots especially lack the tons of tiny, subtle, nuanced blocks that humans have automatically programmed into their social brains and biology.
HOWEVER - in the words of Sherlock Holmes: "Intuitions [...] represent data processed too fast for the conscious mind to comprehend" - which is relevant here because it suggests that the complex biological data blocks that humans access 'intuitively', are still just bits of information, although they're in lots of different forms, accessed largely at a subconscious level.
And if something can be understood as data (and it looks like many, many things can), then it can be put into a programme.
Which means: if a robot is programmed with information about current situation A and desired situation B, and also programmed with ALL the data and rules to run through solution permutations to find optimal one, there's no reason that it shouldn't be able to come up with original 'creative' solutions in the same way that humans can.
Luckily for creatives, it'll probably a looong time before we can create a robot with access to nearly as many different types of data and data rules as a human brain has.
But you never know. Maybe one of these days robots will start making cartoons. Maybe THIS cartoon was made by a robo - ERR 404: Page Not Found.