Prof. Selmer Bringsjord, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York

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Oesterreichisches Forschungsinstitut fuer Artificial Intelligence(OFAI) der OSGK
Freyung 6/6, A-1010 Wien
Tel: +43-1-5336112-17,  Fax: +43-1-5336112-77, Email:

Professor of Cognitive Science
Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Logic and Philosophy
Professor of Management & Technology
Chair, Dept of Cog Sci
Director, Rensselaer AI & Reasoning (RAIR) Lab
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Artists are typically assumed to be creative.  The same goes for great
scientists.  In general, we can say that, in the human case, certain
roles often call for creativity.  The flip side is that it's generally
assumed that certain roles do not call for creativity in the human
sphere.  For example, most people don't associate creativity with the
human role of driver.  A taxi/Uber/Lyft driver is not what first comes
to mind when one is asked to supply examples of even MacGyveresque
creativity, let alone of what, say, a Mozart could muster.  Given this
background, it would seem to be safe to infer that self-driving cars
don't need to be creative.  
I explain why this inference is fallacious. Drawing then on work in AI
and creativity (including some of my own research in this area), and on
real-life examples of human-driver creativity, I lay out preliminary
steps toward the engineering of a creative self-driving car.


Time: Thursday, 26th November 2015, 6:30 p.m. sharp

Location:  Oesterreichisches Forschungsinstitut
fuer Artificial Intelligence, OFAI
Freyung 6, Stiege 6, 1010 Wien


Univ.-Prof. Ing. Dr. Robert Trappl


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