Changing channels: divergent approaches to the creative streaming of texts

  • Tony VealeEmail author


Text is an especially malleable medium for human and machine creativity. When guided by the appropriate symbolic and/or statistical models, even a small and seemingly superficial change at the formal level can result in a predictable yet profound change at the semantic and pragmatic level. Text is also a virtually unlimited resource on the web, which offers abundant, free-flowing channels of topical texts for almost every genre and register. In this paper we consider diverse approaches to transforming these input channels into new and creative streams of machine-generated outputs. We focus on the specific kind of linguistic creativity associated with metaphor, yet also demonstrate that divergent approaches to metaphor generation can, in turn, enable divergent uses and applications for machine creativity.


Metaphor Computational creativity Twitterbots Divergent thinking Story generation 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

68T50 68T30 68T35 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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