Panel Four: Can AI learn to be creative?

Panel Four: Can AI learn to be creative?

28th February 2019 - Monzo HQ

Creativity could be described as a form of human expression that communicates emotionally and intellectually an individual’s thoughts and feelings concerning themes about self, dreams and visions, issues and relationships. All people are therefore creative. Creativity is about humanity.

This session, we will be exploring the implications and applications of Artificial Intelligence in our creative industries.

AI has achieved impressive feats on a creative level from the IBM’s Watson cognitive platform producing a trailer for the movie Morgan, to composing music and creating art pieces that critics can’t distinguish from human-created works.

We are starting to question how much involvement AI can or should have in the creative process, and how this could impact our creativity. What could the potential capabilities of AI be, in harnessing the best ideas created by humans?

With the speed of AI innovation, should we yield technology so that AI can create freely without supervision or direction, and should this be the goal even if technically feasible?


In this panel discussion, we will engage in dialogue and explore;
• Could AI be a new creative partner in the creative process?
• Can AI learn what would be truly beautiful?
• Can AI push human creativity as a whole?
• Could AI encourage us to be more creative?



Pip Jamieson, Founder & CEO of The Dots

Pip Jamieson is the Founder & CEO of The Dots (, dubbed ‘The next LinkedIn?’ by Forbes. The Dots is designed around the networking needs of ‘No Collar’ professionals – creators, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. As routine jobs become more automated, these No Collar professionals will represent the future workforce.

Pinar Yanardag, Creator of How to Generate (Almost) Anything

Pinar Yanardag is a recent postdoctoral graduate of MIT Media Lab and currently serves as the CEO of A.I. Fiction, a creative studio specialized in artificial intelligence. Her main interests focus on creative applications of AI and digital storytelling. Her research is published at top machine learning conferences such as KDD and NIPS and extensively covered by the media including Time, WSJ, The Guardian and NPR. Pinar got her PhD in Computer Science from Purdue in 2016.

Gauthier Vernier, Co-Founder at OBVIOUS

Gauthier is one of the three members of Obvious, a collective that works on creating artworks that question the role of the artist in the creation process, by using tools that have their own inventiveness. By selling this type of artworks in the contemporary art market, Obvious launched the debate around this type of creative practices in collaboration with a machine.

Lachlan Williams, Group Strategy Director, R/GA

Lachlan has worked in creative & media agencies since 2004. His experience spans a wide spectrum of disciplines, including; brand planning, product and experience strategy, communication planning, interactive planning and content planning.

6.00pm – 7.00pm: Arrival, Creative/AI Demos, drinks & food
7.00 – 7.15pm: Panel introductions
7.15pm – 8.30pm: Panel Discussion + Q&A
8.30pm – 8.45pm: Creative/AI demos, networking, and drinks
9.00pm: Finish