Leveraging AI to enhance human creativity

AI to enhance human creativity

Leveraging AI to Enhance Human Creativity

Artificial intelligence is one of humankind’s best inventions. Unfortunately, it is still not getting the credit that it deserves, especially from the media where it is often portrayed as something inherently evil. If we look beyond the surface, we can see that there are in fact many use cases for AI that can have a positive outcome on society at large. In this article, we will look at how we can leverage AI to enhance human creativity.

AI to Enhance Human Creativity

Many experts believe that it is possible to maximize human creativity through artificial intelligence. One of the primary reasons for this is that AI is not bound by the same limitations as ours. For example, we may have a lot of inhibitions or time limitations, but if the AI is trained properly, it can most certainly help us overcome our limits and achieve true creativity.

Many artificial enthusiasts question how far we can go with the technology or even more importantly, how will we know if we went too far? The answer to this kind of questions is quite simple. There is no such thing as bad artificial intelligence. Every AI is created with a specific purpose. There is, however, bad data which can lead to unintended consequences.

For instance, the primary purpose of many AI bots is to automate mundane tasks and give us more time to think creatively. By 2023, 40% of all customer interactions will be automated through AI and machine learning (Gartner). Most digital devices these days come with some sort of artificial intelligence to help add convenience for the customer.

There are also artificial intelligence programs and robots that take creativity to the next level. In a talk at Big Data and AI Toronto 2020, Domhnaill Hernon covered a few examples about the development of AI that enhances human creativity:

  • Sougwen Chung, a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist, worked on combining the hand-drawn line and the intuitive gesture with different types of algorithms and computational technologies, which has turned into an investigation into human and robot collaboration.
  • Reeps One, a beatboxer, worked on a project called “Second Self” to train ML algorithms on his voice on how to beatbox. Those algorithms gave him back sounds and techniques that he had never performed before. The ability to collaborate with his Second Self in real time has now “levelled up” his voice and he is creating music in ways he never thought possible before.

AI in Design

If you are wondering how AI could help increase your creativity, it has already been happening without your knowledge. As previously mentioned, almost every electronic device like mobile phones, computers, laptops have a built-in AI. The advantage of using AI is that it will learn from your habits as you keep using it.

If you use the device long enough, the AI could predict patterns and make your work easier for you, freeing up some space to explore your creative side. Designers greatly benefit from that technology; design programs now have features leveraging AI to automatically edit images, which allows the designers to focus on the most important tasks.

Some software programs like Adobe are already using AI to help users enhance their creativity. Even though these programs cannot create entire designs yet, they can surely help designers be more creative. With just a few clicks, they can now quickly change the physical appearance of a person, automatically change the sky, or color black and white images among other things. Moreover, AI-powered search algorithms can search for the content you need by identifying the color palettes, depth of field, etc.

AI in Programming and Development

One of the most highlighted use cases of artificial intelligence is in the programming industry. It can be quite difficult to be creative when developing applications, especially when you must write all the code by yourself. However, artificial intelligence is capable of being your programming partner, giving you enough time to be creative.

One of the best examples of leveraging AI to enhance human creativity in development is the GitHub Copilot. Still, in the development phase, this AI is said to be capable of acting like a pair programmer. If this claim is valid, developers won’t have to sit through for hours doing mundane coding work. Instead, they can focus on bringing new creative features to the application.

Even though Copilot seems like a very promising idea, a new paper published by OpenAI reveals that the technology might have significant limitations, including biases and sample inefficiencies (VentureBeat). Hopefully, new measures put in place will allow the company to fix these issues.

No code AI systems are also helping a lot of people enhance their creativity. Products like Azure Auto ML, IBM Watson can be used without much coding knowledge. Products as such are not only helping technical experts but also people from other fields with a limited technical background in AI.

AI in Art and Photography

Photography is one of the major areas in which people leverage AI without realizing it. A lot of advanced cameras and phones come with an AI photography mode. The AI model will recognize several features and adjust the lens in such a way that the picture will look its best.

AI in photography is helping professionals all over the world display their talent while reducing the workload. Along with photographers, AI is also widely being used for computer vision and photo analysis. These new techniques created with the help of artificial intelligence are seeing many real-world applications from some of the top law enforcement agencies.

It does not stop to photography, but also extends to other sectors of the art world such as video editing. Many professional graphic design firms use artificial intelligence to improve current designs or create new ones.

A.I. is already capable of creating video games, music, screenplays, novel, and poetry. Over the past few years, we have seen multiple projects where AI was used to create ads or short films. It is only a question of time until AI is able create an entire film on its own.

What’s Next for AI

Even though artificial intelligence is already capable of many things today, it is still in the early stages of its development. The technology is already present in most devices we use to ease the UX and its performance will keep improving over time. Each year, we also see some of the most popular software being drastically improved through the addition of features leveraging AI in fields like design, photography, or programming.

We are also starting to witness some of its applications disrupting industries at large. This phenomenon will keep happening as the adoption rate increases. As the AI communities keep growing, there is a good chance that the technology will finally be adequately represented in the media for what it is: a technology that can help us overcome our limitations and enhance human creativity.


Interested in learning more about this topic? Domnhaill Hernon, Global Lead Humanizing Enterprise Technology at Ernst & Young, will be giving a talk about leveraging AI to enhance human creativity at Big Data and AI Toronto on October 13, 2021. Learn more here.

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