Preconceptual Creativity

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Creativity, whether seen in personal or historical scope, is always relative, subject to the contextual expectations of an observer. From the point of view of a creative agent, such expectations can be seen as soft constraints that must be violated in order to be deemed as creative. In the present work, learned conventions are modeled as emergent activity clusters (pre-concepts) in a self- organizing memory. That is used as a framework to model such phenomena as stereotypical categorization and mental inertia which restrain the mind when search- ing for new solutions. Using the kinematics of a robotic hand as an example, the models' dynamic behavior demonstrates primitive creativity without symbolic rea- soning. The model suggests cognitive mechanisms that potentially explain how expectations are formed and under which conditions an agent is able to break out of them and surprise itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2015)
EditorsToivonen Hannu, Colton Simon, Cook Michael, Ventura Dan
Place of PublicationProvo, Utah, USA
PublisherBrigham Young University
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978­-0­-8425­-2970­-9
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Computational Creativity - Utah, United States
Duration: 29 Jun 20152 Jul 2015
Conference number: 6


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computational Creativity
Abbreviated titleICCC
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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