Creative Inference in Imagery and Invention

Ronald Finke

By constructing images called preinventive forms, and by exploring the various interpretive possibilities afforded by those forms, a person can discover a new invention, develop a new concept, or gain new insights into how to solve a problem. Recent studies show how imposing different types of constraints on interpreting these forms affects the likelihood that a creative inference can be made. These findings have important implications for current efforts to develop creative forms of artificial intelligence.

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