The Synergy of Human Creativity and AI

Discover how human creativity and AI collaborate in the face of advancements. Explore the unique qualities of human flexibility, diverse responses, and AI's ability to overcome creative blocks. Learn how architecture, analogical reasoning, and rap benefit from AI's divergent thinking capabilities.

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It's natural to question the role of human creativity in the face of AI advancements. However, humans possess unique qualities that set them apart from AI, particularly in terms of flexible thinking and the ability to generate diverse and tangible responses.

Humans are more flexible thinkers than AI, even though AI excels in abstract, intangible concepts. Humans generate fewer but responses are more diverse and tangible, grounded in the real world. This contrast is fascinating and deserves further study: humans think in observable, concrete terms, while AI often operates in abstract, conceptual ways using complex language. I find it compelling to view "flexible thinking" as a human trait, showcasing our creativity in ways machines can't quite replicate.

This also suggests refined possibilities for collaboration: we can leverage AI to explore the intangible and ungraspable realms of creativity, and then translate those ideas into practical, real-world applications.

Human creativity can get stuck, and AI tools are invaluable for getting us unstuck. Human originality increases over time as our semantic networks expand, meaning creativity takes a while to warm up. Sometimes we attach too early to an idea (anchoring bias) or feel too stressed to think broadly. We may fixate on more obvious responses at first, and AI doesn't. AI doesn't need this "ramp up time" and can spark new thought paths instantly, making it a natural partner for overcoming creative blocks.

One application of this is in architecture. Architecture is a highly creative field that has always been an interesting case study for technology applications. It requires not only high creativity but also precision, math, and engineering—tasks that don't always feel creative. So, how can an architect master both divergence in the design space and convergence in practical manifestation? Midjourney, as an ideation partner, is one way.

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