We’ve heard it all before: For every job a human can do, there’s a robot that can do it better, faster, and without posting whiny memes about the Monday struggle. But when a researcher decided to test a robot’s ability to complete one job requiring a specific kind of creativity, she was pleasantly surprised to find the bot was a bit of a failure.
Janelle Shane is a research scientist at UC San Diego who trains neural networks. Recently, she documented the process of training a neural network to name and create new paint colors.
Giving colors appealing names is in fact a real, human job. But what if a robot could be just as creative as a professional color creator?
That’s what Shane decided to find out.