Creative vs. Computational Thinking

When surprise becomes a rational necessity

A public talk by Prof. Giovanni Corazza in the Creativity and Innovation Lecture Series organized by the Webster Center for
Creativity and Innovation (WCCI)

Date: 24 May 2018
Time: 18:15 – 19:00 (followed by a small reception until 19:30)
Place: LLC Commons Room

This event is free and open to the public, but we please request that you register here.

The human species is running fast towards what can be identified as the Post-Information Society, in which anthropomorphic as well as non-anthropomorphic forms of artificial intelligence will be pervasive, with dramatic impact on both the job market and the educational system. It is therefore essential that we pose today both ultimate and proximal questions about the future of our species and its role in future cyber-physical collaborations. While there is a current tendency to believe that the correct answer for the educational system is the introduction of computational thinking as a subject for all, we maintain that this set of skills will not be sufficient, and indeed not the most important one. Our well-being from both psychological and social points of view, as well as the preservation of our specific role in the economy, will depend on the development of the specifically human traits and abilities related to what we identify as organic creativity, which includes our capacity to use unexpected elements in our cognitive processes: surprise will have to become a rational necessity!

Giovanni Emanuele Corazza is a Full Professor and Member of the Executive Board at the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, President of the CINECA Consortium, founder of the Marconi Institute for Creativity, Member of the Marconi Society Board of Directors, Member of the Partnership Board of the 5G-PPP. The Marconi Institute for Creativity, a joint initiative of the Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi and of the University of Bologna, was founded in 2011 with the purpose of establishing creative thinking as a science. The three pillars upon which MIC operates are those of scientific research, education activities, and support to the process of creativity and innovation.

Thursday, May 24

Webster University Geneva, LLC Commons Room
Route de Collex 9 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland

Event Type

Global Campuses, Geneva



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