Table of Contents:


  • 1 What do you consider to be the essentials of a creative problem solving programme? Do you think it should provide a structured approach to the whole CPS process or should it just concentrate on one aspect of it?
  • 2 Design a creative problem solving programme which you think could help people to deal with different kinds of open-ended problem.
  • 3 How do you visualise computer-assisted creative problem solving developing in the future?
  • 4 Do you think crowdsourcing is a good idea? Why, or why not?
  • 5 Suggest how you might use Facebook and Twitter to get insights you may want into a pressing problem.
  • 6 How might Al and Big Data be harnessed to aid creative thinking and problem solving?
  • 7 How might visualisation lead to creative insights?
  • 8 Will Artificial Intelligence ever be able to undertake creative problem solving? Discuss.


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Brabham, D.C. (2013) Crowdsourcing, Cambridge: MIT Press.

Hussain, M. and Jatinder, M. (2016) ‘Artificial intelligence for big data: potential and relevance’, International Academy of Engineering and Medical Research, 1(1), 1-5.

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