Addressing the “Why?” in computational creativity: A non-anthropocentric, minimal model of intentional creative agency

Christian Guckelsberger*, Christoph Salge, Simon Colton

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Generally, computational creativity (CC) systems cannot explain why they are being creative, without ultimately referring back to the values and goals of their designer. Answering the “why?” would allow for the attribution of intentional agency, and likely lead to a stronger perception of creativity. Enactive artificial intelligence, a framework inspired by autopoietic enactive cognitive science, equips us with the necessary conditions for a value function to reflect a system's own intrinsic goals. We translate the framework's general claims to CC and ground a system's creative activity intrinsically in the maintenance of its identity. We relate to candidate computational principles to realise enactive artificial agents, thus laying the foundations for a minimal, non-anthropocentric model of intentional creative agency. We discuss first implications for the design and evaluation of CC, and address why human-level intentional creative agency is so hard to achieve. We ultimately propose a new research direction in CC, where intentional creative agency is addressed bottom up.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2017
PublisherGeorgia Institute of Technology
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780692895641
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Computational Creativity - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 19 Jun 201723 Jun 2017
Conference number: 8


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computational Creativity
Abbreviated titleICCC
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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