The Shepherds of Electric Sheep: Generative AI and Creativity

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We may locate important artificial intelligence (AI)-related issues within fundamental concepts concerning the symbolic structures of semantic meaning, tracing the evolution of modern philosophy, mathematics, and logic to the invention of the programmable digital computer-the Atanasoff Berry Computer (ABC)-in the 1940s. The chapter formally researches and attempts to theorize the historical and cultural experiments in AI, beginning with Strachey’s fascinating computational “literary” compositions using the “ABC” (1952). The recent generation of AI tools has not only prompted more creative experiments in computational thinking but an increasingly anxious need for new literary, aesthetic-based insights into the very concept of sentience itself, in terms of both organic and inorganic entities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLiterature and Computation
Subtitle of host publicationPlatform Intermediality, Hermeneutic Modeling, and Analytical-Creative Approaches
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781040038000
ISBN (Print)9781032341668
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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