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  • The Creativity Code

  • Art and Innovation in the Age of AI
  • Written by: Marcus du Sautoy
  • Narrated by: Rich Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning author of The Music of the Primes explores the future of creativity and how machine learning will disrupt, enrich, and transform our understanding of what it means to be human.

Can a well-programmed machine do anything a human can - only better? Complex algorithms are buying our groceries, picking our partners, and driving our investments. They can navigate more data than a doctor or lawyer and act with greater precision. For many years we've taken solace in the notion that they can't create. But now that algorithms can learn and adapt, does the future of creativity belong to machines too? 

It is hard to imagine a better guide to the bewildering world of artificial intelligence than Marcus du Sautoy, a celebrated Oxford mathematician whose work on symmetry in the ninth dimension has taken him to the vertiginous edge of mathematical understanding. In The Creativity Code he considers what machine learning means for the future of creativity. Programs like Deep Dream produce drip paintings that could fool students of Jackson Pollock; Deep Jazz composes music in the style of Duke Ellington. But do these programs just mimic, or do they have what it takes to create? Du Sautoy argues that to answer this question, we need to understand how the algorithms that drive them work - and this brings him back to his own subject of mathematics, with its puzzles, constraints, and enticing possibilities. 

Where most recent books on AI focus on the future of work, The Creativity Code moves us to the forefront of creative new technologies and offers a more positive and unexpected vision of our future cohabitation with machines.

©2019 Marcus du Sautoy (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • nonrachitect
  • 2020-12-10

One of the best books I've ever listened to

The cover was misleading a bit. I thought it's another book about how Da Vinci became so famous. Turns out, it's a book about Artificial Intelligence and mathematics which has changed my mind about the usefulness of the latter and the revolutionary nature of the former. I think it's one of the best books I have ever listened to -- and I read about 200 books a year! I recommend this book to every one interested in learning about learning. Fun reading too!

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  • jhar14
  • 2021-01-26

AI in a new light

Interesting perspective. I enjoyed this one. Kept me engaged through the whole book. I recommend it.

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  • Calvin smith
  • 2020-09-07

Amazing look at creative machine intelligence!

From Mathematics to board games, to music and even painting, AI is overtaking human creativity. The author, a (a mathematician himself) explorers the frontiers of the AI Revolution, even exploring whether mathematicians themselves will soon be out of a job. Highly recommend for anyone interested in the limits of human creativity and machine intelligence.

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  • Shadract
  • 2020-01-19

key to my understanding of AI Creativity

what a well written story and account of the state of AI creativity. I highly recommend it.

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  • Joseph W
  • 2022-06-09

50% Fascinating 30% Dull and 20% Ironic

This book is entirely about coding and AI and Machine learning. Honestly, the author did a fair job of making it accessible to the AI layman but it’s still very math centric and easy to “lose the lead”. Beyond the dull points the book is generally good. Some of the stories are down right fascinating, however the authors authoritative comments on God, politics and other elements felt disjointed and frankly “out of the blue”. This would be less obvious if a large part of his book wasn’t focused on the folly of close mindedness.

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  • Chris Russi
  • 2021-07-13

Surprisingly interesting and captivating.

Really made me think of what differentiates my intelligence from an artificial source. Thought provoking.

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  • MC
  • 2022-11-23

Simply Great!

I really enjoyed this book! A Very informative on how AI is effecting human creativity

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  • BTU guy
  • 2022-10-07

1st half good

First half of the book is very interesting. Second half is a bunch of gobblygook.

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  • Thomas James Wright
  • 2022-09-25

Not Too Bad

A few fresh ideas, a knack for sorry telling, and apparently the use of some creative AI made the whole retelling of older ideas palatable and enjoyable. I quote enjoyed this book :)

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  • Andrew Darlow
  • 2022-09-25

A Mindblowing Look at AI

I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. First, the author has had a lot of first-hand experience with technology and he draws from a wide range of historical examples.

I learned a lot about how AI works, how it is trained and the philosophy/psychology behind it, especially when it is used to create art, music and articles that are often indistinguishable from works made by humans.