Category Archives: Creativity

Creativity

Training the brain to think in new ways

Sometimes a better strategy can win over more intelligence.  For example,  making a smarter wagon wheel is nice, but is it practical?  Having a better strategy and a broader set of mental models can help discover something new or help to solve a mathematical or scientific puzzle.

To a person who uses hammers and nails to solve most problems, this person will use this model for almost any problem.  Someone expert in mathematics will try to apply mathematics to solve a social issue, but this may not work.

These are some of my comments from an article: Mental Models: How to Train Your Brain to Think in New Ways. This article takes many examples from how Richard Feynman solved hard problems.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Our Brain and Music

Music and Piano

Music and Piano

“This is the power of music. And as you’ve now seen, it goes far beyond an ability to enhance our moods. In fact, research has also shown it can reduce everyday stress, boost memory and creativity, enhance blood vessel function and even give an added boost to your immune system.” — from  https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/music-brain

 

 

 

 

Music — Artificial Intelligence

wow, look at the ability for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to learn your music rhythm and melody and play a duet on it.

Try it: Here!    How does it work: Here!

It is here based on Google’s TensorFlow Machine Learning open source software.  Check out this link about “Make Music and Art Using Machine Learning” at magenta.tensorflow.org   Then look at Learning from A.I. Duet .  Some real possibilities for expanding music and allowing software to help accompany the musician.  Yes this will not make one a better musician, but it sure helps to make more music.  The software is part of the work of the Google Brain team who work on Magenta project in collaboration with the Google Creative Lab team.

Now to take this to the next level, consider this note on
Style-conditioned music generation

Piano in the sunlight

Piano in the sunlight

Creativity and more…

To be creative, one must start somewhere. Creativity is bringing things together. But just brain-storm and consider things even outside the box, things that are impossible to achieve (so we think).  Try a different mathematical solution, a different marketing or engineering solution.  Success sometimes comes by just tweaking things just a little.

Consider the configuration of artificial intelligence and deep learning neural networks. There are so many ways to configure and initialize them.  So many different types of neural nodes and ways to mathematically connect the nodes also called Perceptrons.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new — possibly said by Albert Einstein

Here is a great set of project results to consider for stimulating creativity in Machine Learning…
Higgs Boson Machine Learning Challenge

near the Columbia River in the snow

near the Columbia River in the snow

Paradigm Breakthrough, it Needs a Risk Taker

Some organizations and companies at some stage need a paradigm breakthrough.

Apple is(was) a computer company, now cell phones?  Can you imagine if the culture at Apple 6 years ago was against a paradigm shift to move to cell phones.  The next normal path in bringing a user friendly computer to people is: computer, then music then the personal beautiful cellphone. Apple is a great example of a company that knows when to make a positive successful paradigm shift. Financially, consider what Apple would be today if the iPhone was not released.

Google a search company, now cell phones?  (Financially, Google is an advertising company.)

My guess is 15 years ago some marketing person or engineer suggested adding a camera to a cell phone, and maybe lost his job over the crazy idea.  Today it’s hard to find a phone without a camera.

Drew a software engineer, entrepreneur, blog writer, on camera person, now songwriting, now back to electronics and mathematics?

Some of us have stopped dreaming, we like predictable, stable and it has always worked, so why change it.

It is hard for a company culture to accept a new possibility, when the existing seems to be going well.  Change is difficult and must be done slowly and carefully. People do like change, but want it slowly.

But one has to consider:  when is the proper time for a paradigm shift!

Palouse Falls, Washington

Palouse Falls, Washington

December 10, 2014

Technical Books that have helped me…

Here is a list of books, at least have helped me in creativity, leadership and marketing:

  • Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull (Pixar story)
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo
  • Win by Frank Luntz
  • Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Only the Paranoid Survive – Andy Grove
  • EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
  • The Steve Jobs Way by Jay Elliot
  • Emotional Design by Donald Norman
  • The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker
  • Jack Welch and the 4E’s of LEADERSHIP by Jeffrey Krames

Here is a full list including ones from my current research project.

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