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Tapio Takala: Preconceptual Creativity. In: Computational Creativity 2015 ICCC 2015, 252-259.



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 selforganizing memory. That is used as a framework to model such phenomena as stereotypical categorization and mental inertia which restrain the mind when searching for new solutions. Using the kinematics of a robotic hand as an example, the models' dynamic behavior demonstrates primitive creativity without symbolic reasoning. 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.

Extended Abstract


 author = {Takala, Tapio},
 title = {Preconceptual Creativity},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity},
 series = {ICCC2015},
 year = {2015},
 month = {Jun},
 location = {Park City, Utah, USA},
 pages = {252-259},
 url = { },
 publisher = {International Association for Computational Creativity},
 keywords = {computational, creativity},

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