The Creativity Code
a public lecture by
Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS
Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the Oxford University
Professor of Mathematics and Fellow of New College, Oxford.
Wednesday 15 January 2020
6 pm – 7:20 pm
Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln
The lecture will be followed by signing the book “The Creativity Code” by the author. This book (and some others by the same author) will be available to purchase before and after the lecture from a bookstall by “Lindum Books” .
Humans are increasingly handing over our decision making responsibilities to complex algorithms; whether it’s to decide the music we listen to, the partners we date, or driving our investments. What happens when those algorithms go one step further and learn, adapt, and create like humans? Professor Marcus du Sautoy looks at the nature of creativity and asks how long it will be before computers can compose a symphony, write a Nobel Prize-winning novel or paint a masterpiece. And if so, would we be able to tell the difference? As humans, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be alive. Yet in many other areas, new developments in AI are shaking up the status quo, as we find out how many of the tasks humans engage in can be done equally well, if not better, by machines. But can machines be creative? Will they soon be able to learn from the art that moves us, and understand what distinguishes it from the mundane? Du Sautoy asks how much of our emotional response to a great work of art is down to our brains reacting to pattern and structure and explores what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music. Could machines come up with something creative, and might that push us into being more imaginative in turn?
Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the Oxford University, a chair he holds jointly at the Department of Continuing Education and the Mathematical Institute. He is also a Professor of Mathematics and a Fellow of New College. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. In 2001 he won the prestigious Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society awarded every two years to reward the best mathematical research made by a mathematician under 40. In 2004 Esquire Magazine chose him as one of the 100 most influential people under 40 in Britain and in 2008 he was included in the prestigious directory Who’s Who. In 2009 he was awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List. He also received the Joint Policy for Mathematics Board Communications Award for 2010 and the London Mathematical Society Zeeman Medal for 2014 for promotion of mathematics to the public. Marcus is well known for his work popularising mathematics on radio, TV, and in print. He is the author of the best-selling popular mathematics book “The Music of the Primes”, as well as of six other popular mathematics books, including his latest book “The Creativity Code”.