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Mechanical Turk

Constant Wonder
  • Jul 9, 2020 8:00 am
  • 52:44

Mechanical Turk Guest: Tom Standage, deputy editor of "The Economist" and author of "The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine" The mechanical Turk was an mechanical chess player from the 1700s that tricked many people into believing that it was magic, when in fact there was a hidden chessmaster coordinating the whole hoax. The Future of Art in a World of AI Guest: Marcus du Sautoy, Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University Award winning mathematician Marcus du Sautoy has dedicated the last few years of his life to studying creativity and artificial intelligence. Is artificial intelligence truly creative? What does it mean to be creative? And what would the future look like if our algorithms could really create art?