The Lovelace effect: Perceptions of creativity in machines

  title={The Lovelace effect: Perceptions of creativity in machines},
  author={Simone Natale and Leah Henrickson},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
This article proposes the notion of the ‘Lovelace Effect’ as an analytical tool to identify situations in which the behaviour of computing systems is perceived by users as original and creative. It contrasts the Lovelace Effect with the more commonly known ‘Lovelace objection’, which claims that computers cannot originate or create anything, but only do what their programmers instruct them to do. By analysing the case study of AICAN – an AI art-generating system – we argue for the need for… 

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