Growing up to be Creative

Over the past decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a mature technology to the extent where machines have started to demonstrate what was considered uniquely a human capability – creativity. As evidenced by Google’s Magenta and ING’s Next Rembrandt projects, advanced AI nowadays has the ability to create art and music, and in the near future, its creativity may surpass the traditional sense of human creativity. However, there are certain, inexplicable aspects of human creativity that will not be mimicked or surpassed by the machines in a foreseeable future, and these are what we need to emphasize in child education to keep children competitive in this rapidly growing AI-enabled world. Throughout the talk, I will share personal experiences from my childhood and observations I made on some of the most creative people I have met in life to support my belief in human creativity.

who is

Louis Kang

Harvard/ MIT Media Lab

Louis is a researcher at MIT Media Lab developing tools for mapping brain computations with Professor Ed Boyden. Since his PhD studies in Applied Physics at Harvard University, Louis has been deeply curious about deciphering the complexity of brain circuits and molecular machineries operating them. Prior to this, Louis worked as a summer associate at the Thiel Foundation – initiative started by venture capitalist Peter Thiel, during which he conceived and formulated investment theses on advanced technologies. Louis earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley, where he worked with Nobel laureates Professors Saul Perlmutter and Dan Kammen. He has so far been co-authored in 14 publications with citations over 2500.