Jun 1, 2017

The next great test for computers: creativity

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Computers beat us at our own games, surpass us in diagnosing some diseases and fool our senses. Some of us worry about them taking our jobs while others envision they'll free us up to do more meaningful, creative work. But as algorithms acquire and improve human skills, will they too become creative?

A contest at Dartmouth that serves as a Turing test for creativity assures us that hasn't happened yet. Contestants submit algorithms that produce sonnets, complete stories and can perform as one partner in dancing and singing duets. Last year's submissions for a short-story-concluding-code, for example, fooled just one human judge one time.

But will creativity remain a seemingly untouchable aspect of human intelligence? That's the question we asked researchers.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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