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The Creative Process: A Computer Model of Storytelling and Creativity

Scott R. Turner



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Psychology Press Ltd
26 August 2016
Writing & editing guides; Psychological theory & schools of thought; Machine learning
Someday computers will be artists. They'll be able to write amusing and original stories, invent and play games of unsurpassed complexity and inventiveness, tell jokes and suffer writer's block. But these things will require computers that can both achieve artistic goals and be creative. Both capabilities are far from accomplished.

This book presents a theory of creativity that addresses some of the many hard problems which must be solved to build a creative computer. It also presents an exploration of the kinds of goals and plans needed to write simple short stories. These theories have been implemented in a computer program called MINSTREL which tells stories about King Arthur and his knights. While far from being the silicon author of the future, MINSTREL does illuminate many of the interesting and difficult issues involved in constructing a creative computer.

The results presented here should be of interest to at least three different groups of people. Artificial intelligence researchers should find this work an interesting application of symbolic AI to the problems of story-telling and creativity. Psychologists interested in creativity and imagination should benefit from the attempt to build a detailed, explicit model of the creative process. Finally, authors and others interested in how people write should find MINSTREL's model of the author-level writing process thought-provoking.
By:   Scott R. Turner
Imprint:   Psychology Press Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138988996
ISBN 10:   1138988995
Pages:   308
Publication Date:   26 August 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Creative Process: A Computer Model of Storytelling and Creativity

...the book reads much like 'yet another AI program that does some nifty things in its own micro-world,'....clearly structured and well-presented....the text gives lots of previews, summaries, and retrospections. -Cambridge University Press

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