Data and creativity.. A tale as old as time.. Well, maybe not data and creativity, but definitely humans and creativity.
Creativity is a human trait that will not be replaced by AI anytime soon. Not even by writing pop ballads, mimicking the styles of great painters or forming creative decisions in filmmaking. An AI that is creative on its own, coming up with something novel, unexpected and useful is still a moonshot away and Sociology professor Anton Oleinik argues that neural networks are structured in a way that limits the possibility that they will ever have true artificial creativity.
What sets us apart from other species and what has created the world we live in today, is not in our genes and cannot be learned. Humans "rule the world" because we are the only type of animal that can cooperate flexibly in large numbers by having made up things like human rights, governments, laws, taxes, marriage, money... Things that do not actually exist, except in our common imagination. The silent acceptance of the story that a piece of paper with a 50 on it can be exchanged for goods is a kind of glue that holds us all together and also what brings us forward. I'll quote one of my favourite authors, here:
"You can never convince a chimpanzee to give you a banana by promising him that after he dies, he will get limitless bananas in chimpanzee Heaven. Only Sapiens can believe such stories. This is why we rule the world, and chimpanzees are locked up in zoos and research laboratories." - Yuval Noah Harari
Our ability to imagine things that do not exist is our competitive advantage. In other words, our creativity is what got us where we are (whether that is good or bad is another discussion) and what made us different from animals in the past and from robots (AI) in the future.
In the world of business and the success that you build for yourself, creativity is key. Becoming successful consists of a long road of problem solving. We live in a world that is constantly changing, new tools, new ideas, new technology. People in today's leadership positions must be creative problem solvers to succeed. Don't believe me? Look at "The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019" created by LinkedIn.
This new data world that we created will also need regulations and laws to adhere to. Once that is set and done, it will be very interesting to see what data and creativity will bring us in the future! What an exciting time.
Also.. Did I find the perfect comic of the week for this or what?