Archive: 2022

  • Poppy’s Subversive Ideological Critique by Joseph Hammett

    Pop artists employ many different techniques in order to convey a message, market themselves, and create a brand towards building an audience. One such artist, known simply as Poppy, developed a unique tactic in order to jumpstart her musical career. With over a million followers on Instagram, close to 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, countless think pieces written about her performance art, and collaborations with other famous cultural figures (such as Elon Musk’s past romantic partner and fellow musician, Grimes), Poppy’s cultural influence and impact are undeniable.

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  • Can Artificial Intelligence be Creative?

    More than 2000 years ago, Plato made several interesting references to the notion of creativity, in the Socratic dialogues. In Meno, Socrates claims that “when poets produce truly great poetry, they do it not through knowledge or mastery, but rather by being divinely “inspired” by the Muses”. In another dialogue, Socrates contemplates the origins of new knowledge, which can be interpreted as creative thinking. Socrates wondered how can existing knowledge evolve into new ideas. When asked by Meno, “will we say, of a painter, that he makes something?”, Socrates responded, “no, he merely imitates”.

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