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Raised on a Christmas tree farm in central Missouri, Brent’s previous experience includes farm work, playing music, writing music, driving a taxi, acting in plays, building sprinkler systems, plowing snow, reading math papers, writing math papers, and algorithmic pricing. He currently lives on the western edge of Germany with his fiancée, where he enjoys riding his bike in the forest, bouldering, and programming.
Brent’s experience in both music and mathematics demonstrates to him that collaboration on creative work and sharing the results with others have
compounding rewards over time. He believes that the modern internet is one of the most powerful tools available for collaboration on, and sharing of, creative output. He hopes, therefore, that his work at Creative Commons helps remove barriers to the free flow of content on the internet, thereby enhancing this most useful tool in some small way.
In the second part of our series on artificial intelligence (AI) and creativity, we get immersed in the fascinating universe of AI in an attempt to determine whether it is capable of creating works eligible for copyright protection. Below, we present two examples of an AI system generating arguably novel content through two different methods:…
Should novel output (such as music, artworks, poems, etc.) generated by artificial intelligence1 (AI) be protected by copyright? While this question seems straightforward, the answer certainly isn’t. It brings together technical, legal, and philosophical questions regarding “creativity,” and whether machines can be considered “authors” that produce “original” works. In search of an answer, we ran…