AAAI Publications, 2015 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Using Watson for Enhancing Human-Computer Co-Creativity
Ashok Goel, Brian Creeden, Mithun Kumble, Shanu Salunke, Abhinaya Shetty, Bryan Wiltgen

Last modified: 2015-09-23


We describe an experiment in using IBM’s Watson cognitive system to teach about human-computer co-creativity in a Georgia Tech Spring 2015 class on computational creativity. The project-based class used Watson to support biologically inspired design, a design paradigm that uses biological systems as analogues for inventing technological systems. The twenty-four students in the class self-organized into six teams of four students each, and developed semester-long projects that built on Watson to support biologically inspired design. In this paper, we describe this experiment in using Watson to teach about human-computer co-creativity, present one project in detail, and summarize the remaining five projects. We also draw lessons on building on Watson for (i) supporting biologically inspired design, and (ii) enhancing human-computer co-creativity.


creativity; biologically inspired design; biomimicry; education

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