Computational and Collective Creativity: Who’s Being Creative?

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Mary Lou Maher: Computational and Collective Creativity: Who’s Being Creative? In: Computational Creativity 2012 ICCC 2012, 67-71.



Creativity research has traditionally focused on human crea- tivity, and even more specifically, on the psychology of in- dividual creative people. In contrast, computational creativ- ity research involves the development and evaluation of creativity in a computational system. As we study the effect of scaling up from the creativity of a computational system and individual people to large numbers of diverse computa- tional agents and people, we have a new perspective: crea- tivity can ascribed to a computational agent, an individual person, collectives of people and agents and/or their interac- tion. By asking “Who is being creative?” this paper exam- ines the source of creativity in computational and collective creativity. A framework based on ideation and interaction provides a way of characterizing existing research in com- putational and collective creativity and identifying direc- tions for future research.

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author = {Mary Lou Maher},
title = {Computational and Collective Creativity: Who’s Being Creative?},
editor = {Mary Lou Maher, Kristian Hammond, Alison Pease, Rafael Pérez y Pérez, Dan Ventura and Geraint Wiggins},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Computational Creativity},
series = {ICCC2012},
year = {2012},
month = {May},
location = {Dublin, Ireland},
pages = {67-71},
url = {,’s_Being_Creative%3F },
publisher = {International Association for Computational Creativity},
keywords = {computational, creativity},

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