Authorship and Agency

Sense of Authorship and Agency in Computational Creativity Support

The co-creation of human and artificial intelligence in creative environments raises novel questions regarding the authorship of the crafted results. The traditional notion of attributing authorship to humans by default becomes increasingly challenged. In particular the factual contribution to authorship and the experience of authorship can become more divergent. Thus the perception for alternative designs can be different, although those require a similar amount of contribution. Especially in the creative domain, users favor personal expression and thus naturally want to feel as the authors of a created result. If a system cannot provide this sufficiently, the overall experience is negatively affected. However, usually systems are not evaluated deeply in this regard. To better guide design decisions that result in satisfying experiences, this aspect needs to be integrated in its evaluation. We suggest to further explore a technique that emerged from neuro-science; for this, we provide examples of application, discuss limitations and future work.

In Proceedings of the Workshop on Mixed-Initiative Creative Interfaces (MICI ’17) co-located with the 35th SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17), Denver, CO, USA