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Parmy Olson

Creative AI Is Generating Some Messy Problems

The hot new trend in tech circles comes with thorny legal and ethical challenges.

Creative AI.

Creative AI.

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A tense scene in the 2004 movie iRobot shows the character played by Will Smith arguing with an android about humanity’s creative prowess. “Can a robot write a symphony?” he asks, rhetorically. “Can a robot turn a canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?”

“Can you?” the robot answers.