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The Tipping Point: Technology and Creativity

What I appreciate most about being present in the tech industry as a woman is that you can bring your unique perspective and trace connections between different domains in your projects. As technology evolves continuously, you can merge your creativity with your technical skills and have an original impact instantly.

Alexandra-Maria Dobescu, WomenTech Global Amassador

The tipping point of technology and creativity can be discerned on multiple levels. Recently, while exploring reinforcement learning to deepen my knowledge, I extracted some valuable insights related to my personal development.  The Markov chain inspires us to build the future by being anchored in the present moment, independently of past experiences.  You can master your psychology and raise your consciousness to get better results at each timestep of your life.

One of the projects I was assigned in high school was to build a website that presented information on a topic that resonated with me.  In addition to the technical aspect – the use of HTML and CSS, everyone was free to express their creativity and knowledge. Their digital footprint was imprinted with their personality and passion. Many colleagues were going to study medicine, so they published information on various topics in the medical field.  Others were passionate about music, so they suggested different bands and musical instruments.

As a Science Fiction book fan, I decided to investigate the connection between art and science. My motivation has always been to bring something new into the world, as inventions are what made the difference between today and yesterday and, maybe even more importantly, inventions are what will have an impact on tomorrow. My project was called “Other types of correspondences.” It was a database containing Romanian and international researchers who were able to bring to life the discoveries predicted in Science Fiction books.

The link between the technical and artistic fields helps us better explain our human experience. Creativity is usually related to our emotional side, while technology is associated with the practical manner in which we solve problems in the real world.  An example is the first camera.  You could say that it belongs to the artistic field. Nevertheless, it is the result of chemistry and engineering that now allows us all to be artists and capture moments of unexpected beauty.  The camera is just another example of the ways creativity and technology enable us to expand the possibilities of our reality.

Our emotions are intertwined with creating technical products.  The book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology, written by Dr. Rana el Kaliouby explores this connection.  Kaliouby shares how she discovers and transforms herself and uses her emotions and creativity to become a pioneer of Emotional Artificial Intelligence.

One of the most valuable messages, I extracted from participating in the Eastern European Machine Learning Summer School (EEML) 2020, is derived from a fireside discussion on “AI for Social Good,” between Yoshua Bengio (MILA) and Shakir Mohamed (Deep Mind).  They suggested that to improve results, one should get around 8 hours of sleep a night, and when you wake up, you should meditate and let creativity bloom without immediately jumping in to work.

Everyone’s background is unique, which leads them to embrace the science and beliefs that can best explain the circumstances experienced. We are usually guided by curiosity, and we strive to explore life in a multilayered adventure of discovery.

The small incidents that influence our tipping point have their origin in both our human and technical sides. Often, the vision board technique is used to motivate and facilitate the materialization of one’s aspirations. The starting point of this process is one that stimulates creativity through pictures and quotes. The end goal of such a technique is the already-mentioned materialization of the dream from a more practical or even technical standpoint.

Using a mountain as a metaphor, the tipping point may be the peak we reach, but which was only possible to scale due to all those small steps made with an effort that can be discovered by our reflective memory.  We can recognize how gracefully all areas of our lives connect by exploring and understanding these steps in-depth