By Thilina Balasooriya
For centuries, philosophers have contended that one fundamentally unique quality of humans is their innate creativity. Often paired with intelligence, natural artistry—the ability to conjure emotional and imaginative ideas, often from thin air—is often said to distinctively define humankind. For instance, Socrates believed that poets were divinely inspired, while Imannuel Kant asserted that the imagination and genius of artists followed no rules. However, Aristotle had a different theory; he believed that the poet was rational and goal-oriented in his execution, using almost algorithmic precision to evoke the desired response from the audience. This idea, though unpopular at the time, is taking new meaning in the present-day. A new dilemma is emerging concerning this seemingly inherent human characteristic: can artificial intelligence be creative?