Human-Computer Co-Creativity in Improvised Music, a CREA Talk

I am happy to invite you to yet another CREA public talk at the University of Örebro (and on video here soon after)

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Human-Computer Co-Creativity in Improvised Music
Bio – Örebro University 13h-14h – 31 October 2019

Dr. René Mogensen
Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, UK.

“Is it possible for a computer to be creative? Is creativity computable? We may judge artefacts and concepts made by humans as creative products without having a clear view of what human creativity is or how it works; but if it is possible to make a ‘computer creativity’ then it must also be possible to make a specification of what it does computationally, even if creativity might be an emergent property. I approach ‘creativity’ as a family of categories and this allows the defining of a formal specification for computational creativity which can diverge from human creativity in terms of functionalities and products. The specification is based on ‘creativity’ being evident in products, in other words artefacts or concepts, and these products are arrived at through learning processes. To ground these investigations I look at computational creativity implementations that improvise with human soloists in music performances: in these music works humans and the computational creativity systems are partners in musical ‘dialogues’ and can be understood as engaging in human-computer co-creativity, where the computational partner is in a symbiotic musical relationship with humans, all within a ‘human activity system’.”

Crealectician: An Old New Vocation




Who wants to work as a crealectician? The Creal is hiring.

A crealectician is always working and it never feels painful, quite the contrary it feels ecstatic, exhilarating. Perhaps a crealectician is always working in the manner of desire as life’s thrust. But desire does not feel like the good notion, because it might suppose a lack or objects of desire. The crealectician is not lacking the most important, which is the feeling of being in the Creal, being attuned with the feeling of the Creal as the generous and continuously-creating source of the universe.

Crealectician is the job of being in the world as an active loving mind, in wonder, like a detective of the cosmos. Crealectics is a liberating protocol, practice, craft. A crealectician is always scanning the real around him or her in search not for realia, not for qualia, but for crealia. Crealia are the vibrating atoms of Creal, strings of possibility in a given situation, context, experienced present: they contain the germs or seeds of future actualisations. A crealectician is a Sherlock Holmes of the future, finding clues not of the evil past but of the future bliss. A crealectician is a co-creator, seeing news worlds in the most anecdotal situations, ways out of the everyday routine, lines of flight out of the reproduction of morosity.

A crealectician is always working, slowly developing an expertise. A crealectician is not afraid that in the long list of everyday job openings—accountancy jobs, actuarial jobs, secretarial jobs, banking jobs, consultancy jobs, customer service jobs, education jobs, engineering jobs, marketing jobs, media jobs, digital jobs, sales jobs, software engineering jobs, tourism jobs—, in this long list no one is looking for a crealectician as such. A crealectician can do some of the above-mentioned jobs, but as a more or less masterful crealectician, with an open-mind for new ways, new connections, away from dis-ease. A crealectician is a breather and co-creator of the Outside, sometimes Its martial artist, caressing the leaves of invisible trees, feeling fruits and roots like an investigator of life-lines. So many of these hiring companies today proclaim they are enchanting the world with data-compression and variable-length quantities only.

A crealectician is multiple but not in the common infra-schizophrenic manner, with one attitude at work, another mindset at home, another with the children and another when walking in a forest of spruce trees, parking the car of mindfulness at the expensive yoga workshop. A crealectician is always working at being in the same Way or style, with the calm fervour of awe, admiration for the microcosm of crealia that surround us. A crealectician is perhaps the existential equivalent of string theorists and astrophysicists of subatomic vibrations, or an occidental Taoist suspicious of Confucius. A crealectician is not afraid to die as long as he or she dies as a crealectician, because not being a crealectician is death for the crealectician. Being a normative reality-reproducer, a mere realist, a semi-neurotic of dull duties, an bureaucratic agent of the objective reproduction machine, a democratic zombie, a clicktivist, an “instagrammatist”, all that is painful for a crealectician. A crealectician can start as a fuzzy-logic programmer, or a philosophy teacher, or a slow researcher, or an anarchistic banker perhaps, but only as long as the fully-realised crealectician in her or in him (a fabulation) remains an asymptotic horizon.

Like most savoir-faire and high crafts, it takes several years if not decades if not centuries if not eons to become a full crealectician. It is necessary to go gradually at it. You will feel alone sometimes. There are no fake diplomas to master crealectics overnight. Don’t quit your current job to become a crealectician, rather crealectise your current job. To speak the language of statistics, it is acceptable to be 10% of a crealectician, and the year after 20%, and five years later 50%. The growth can also be exponential, but don’t expect more than a few miracles every day.

If you did read this text until these final lines, you may be qualified to work as a crealectician, and may even be already working as one. Continue slowly, learn every day, and teach us. Live as a crealectician, fully and blissfully, without fear, in the middle of the line that separates the insiders and the outsiders.

Who wants to work as a crealectician? The Creal is hiring.






Euformation Technology



The deployment of artificial intelligence and technology today is sometimes accompanied by a general – public, academic, corporate… – discourse about the necessity for it to be “good”, “human-centred”, “ethical”, “sustainable”, “universal”, etc. Information Technology has become euformation technology, from the Greek prefix eu (good, beneficial, pleasant, true): machines need not only to perform but also to be well-intentioned and deliver a “better society”.

However, humanity has never – and today less than ever – reached a consensus on what constitutes a good life. So how could we code the good life into our anthrobots? Should we have right-wing or leftist AI? The discourse about “good AI” must not only be about calming the people’s fears or ubiquitous social control in an anthrobotic era. Ethical committees may be well-intentioned but not always clear-minded regarding “the better society” they might wish to promote.

We know that hell can be paved with good intentions. What if “good AI” turned out to be the worse possible AI, a golden prison of artificial benevolence? What if benevolent and human-centred technology turned out to be, in the long term, nefarious for the prospect of life on earth and the socially-creative disparity of humanity? We should remain critical about universalistic beneficial solutions, and focus more on the notion of deployment.

There is much focus today on development and design, and each day we are presented with fascinating experiments and promises that won’t scale up or be implemented into reality. Deployment, the effectual spread of anthrobotic practices, on-site and “in the wild”, remains understudied, perhaps because it seems to differ on a case-by-case basis. When a complex technology is deployed, it is modified and the world changes along with it.

As we carefully deploy our anthrobotic environments, we need to give up on the anthropocentric bias and see the world as a constant and unsettled process of intertwined deployments, in which global felicity is never certain and perhaps metamorphic.

AI och Robotar / Luis de Miranda / Intervju – P4 Sverigesradio (Svenska)

Luis de Miranda Tre i rad

En intervju genomförd av Päivi Kotka
P4 Örebro Sveriges Radio

Förmiddag i P4 Örebro är programmet som tar dig i Örebro län genom förmiddagen och lunchen med musik, kultur och intressanta diskussioner.



Call for chapters: Humans Meet AI


Following our successful international conference in June 2019 at Örebro University, Prof Alessandro Saffiotti and myself will be the editors of the following book. We wish to extend the chapters to authors that did not participate in the symposium. You are welcome to send your abstract before the end of September 2019. Full papers (7000 words) are expected by the end of 2019 and content will be peer-reviewed. The publisher is very likely to be Springer (Anticipation Science Series). Please contact us for more details.

Humans Meet AI

Anticipating Anthrobotic Systems

Much has been said about artificial intelligence being used to replace the need for human workers, and perhaps even for human intelligence. We propose a reflection on the relationship between humans and AI, not in terms of replacement, but in terms of encounter, if possible a collaborative and supportive meeting. How is that possible? First we ought to admit, problematize and understand the anthrobotic nature of our epoch, the fact that humans and intelligent systems are now enmeshed in socio-technical ensembles. Then we need to anticipate what situations, issues or opportunities this merging might implicate, given that AI tools are often used today to reinforce analytical methods of prediction, a form of mechanistic anticipatory intelligence. If human and biological anticipation is more than reactive and mechanistic prediction, how can it play a role in the new anthrobotic symbiosis, if it is a symbiosis: intuitive, participative, proactive, dialectical, creative? This book emerged from the cross-disciplinary conference “Anticipation and Anticipatory Systems: Humans Meet AI”, organized at the university of Örebro in June 2019. It combines papers by computer scientists, philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, historians, etc. It is a unique and long-awaited contribution to the fields of Anticipation Studies and collaborative AI, and a contribution to the necessary cross-disciplinarity needed to solve the challenges and problems of cognitive automation in the twenty-first century.