4 May 2009

Random and Rules: Computer Creativity in Goertzel's Chaotic Logic

by Corry Shores
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Random and Rules:
Computer Creativity
in Goertzel's Chaotic Logic

Stochastic self-reconstructing computers suffer from no lack of potential creativity. How much of this creativity is actualized depends on the intricate interaction of the deterministic and stochastic components.
This brings us to a basic principle of systems theory: The essence of creativity is the interplay between rules and randomness. This ancient concept, which received its modern form in the work of Ross Ahsby (Design for a Brain, London: Chapman and Hall, 1954), is one of the most humanly meaningful implications of the computer revolution. It is humbling to realize that even the most marvelous works of the greatest geniuses -- Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, Goethe's Faust, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony -- were produced by a complex combination of random chance with strict, deterministic rules. (119bc, some emphasis mine)

Goertzel, Ben. Chaotic Logic: Language, Thought, and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science. London: Plenum Press, 1994.

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