Imagine

The Digital Human, Series 8 Episode 6 of 6

Imagination is an essential component of what makes us human, it's complexity and artistry separating us from other animals as well as machines. Yet as digital technology progresses it's beginning to model this, once believed mystical, process.

Aleks Krotoski explores the implications of this latest stage of digital evolution. Could the digital world fill the gap for people who are unable to imagine? Does the production of imaginative arts such as poetry indicate a level of humanity in our machines? And if computers can indeed be programmed to imagine, what does this mean for the beauty and artistry of the human mind?

Producer: Elizabeth Ann Duffy.

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Mon 16 Nov 2015 16:30

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Dr. Jim Davies

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Dr. Jim Davies is an associate professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University and Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory. He tells us about his work to model the visual imagination, and what machines with imagination may be able to do for us in the future.

Gill Morgan

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Oscar Schwartz

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Ross Sutherland is a poet, writer and performer. He tells how he collaborates with digital technology to kick start his creative process, and how it may be able to expand and evolve human imagination in ways we never thought possible.

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