From “Automate This” by Christopher Steiner:
Those who imagine art, innovations, words, novel strategies for companies, products that change the world—their jobs have often been considered outside the reach of algorithms. These professions and their perches hold high esteem, good salaries, and a sense, for those who occupy them, of freedom and mobility within the workforce. Some call these people the creative class, some call them post-college educated, and some just call them smart people.
Smart people assume that this creeping revolution of bot workers can’t touch them. The notion is that algorithms can’t innovate, that a bot can’t create. We’re now learning, however, that these are dangerous assumptions.
… Creativity is thought of as something so incorporeal that it can hardly be taught, let alone left for a machine to carry out.
… But there now exist algorithms, including one with a human name—Annie—that can produce music as daring and original as the works of masters like Brahms, Bach, and Mozart, and as popular and catchy as the tunes playing inside a big-box store.
- ability to connect the unconnected
- ability to maintain the big picture thinking while being comfortable with ambiguity that typically results while sifting through information in order to create something of value- empathy, lateral thinking, creativity
lateral thinking - edward de bono, “six thinking hats”
- solving problems through an indirect/creative approach, using reasoning that isn’t immediately obvious, involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic
- deliberately distancing itiself from standard perceptions of creativity
- concerned with judging the true value of statements and seeking errors, concerned with movement of value of statements and ideas
- to move from one known idea to creating new ones
— Diana Vreeland
Opening sentence to “100 Unforgettable Dresses”