Computer Models of Creativity

  • Margaret A. Boden University of Sussex
Keywords: creativity


Creativity isn’t magical. It’s an aspect of normal human intelligence, not a special faculty granted to a tiny elite. There are three forms: combinational, exploratory, and transformational. All three can be modeled by AI—in some cases, with impressive results. AI techniques underlie various types of computer art. Whether computers could “really” be creative isn’t a scientific question but a philosophical one, to which there’s no clear answer. But we do have the beginnings of a scientific understanding of creativity.

Author Biography

Margaret A. Boden, University of Sussex
Department of Cognitive ScienceResearch Professor
How to Cite
Boden, M. A. (2009). Computer Models of Creativity. AI Magazine, 30(3), 23.