Creating Stories

Our lives are shaped by technology and the stories that we tell each other. Technology provides the tools that enable us to transform our environment. Through stories we can explore what might be possible and create realities that differ from our own. Together they inform our experience and understanding of the world.

The CraftBook website features articles looking at some of the themes found in fiction and technologies that could make those imagined worlds a reality. Content on the CraftBook site also includes; a quiz that will test your knowledge of books and movies and Creative Intelligence, an eBook that explores human creativity and the impact of artificial intelligence.

People have long voiced concerns about machines replacing them in jobs that involve routine tasks, but knowledge and creative workers now fear that artificial intelligence could impact their ability to earn a living. This has led to calls for regulations to protect the rights of people whose creative work is used to train generative AI.

Artificial intelligence has featured in many science fiction stories and AI already outperforms humans in a variety of repetitive or purely analytical tasks. Some people believe AI will become sentient and surpass human intelligence and creativity, while others consider such abilities to be beyond anything machines will be able to achieve.

Creative Intelligence is a short book, which could be read within an hour. It explores the nature of creativity, how to become more creative and the possible impact of artificial intelligence upon how we live and work.

Creative Thinking Skills

Creativity is thought by some to be a rare gift, that is possessed by a talented few. However, the inspiration that leads to people creating original work is often the result of long hours devoted to learning and practicing their chosen art or craft.

We can decide to fill our mind with knowledge and experiences that will enrich our inner world. The landscape of our mind is formed from such memories, our perception of ourselves, other people and the world around us. Many people are unaware of their own creative potential and they might develop new talents.

The demands of daily life can make it difficult to find the time and space that are conducive to entering a creative state of mind. However, there are steps you could take to find your own path to creating work that will resonate with others.

Reading Creative Intelligence might help you to develop your own creative thinking skills.

Predicting The Future

People have long tried to predict future events, in an attempt to increase their survival prospects. Science-fiction reflects our fascination with the future and how we imagine human beings will live during the decades and centuries yet to come.

Individuals contemplating their future will typically base their expectations upon past experiences and their understanding of the world. Societies might look to history as a guide to learn from and recognise mistakes they can try to avoid.

Rather like a complex weather forecasting simulation, we could input data into a detailed model simulating the world in the past. Comparing predicted outcomes with recorded history might help us to build models that predict the future, but our conclusions will still be shaped by the stories around which we build our lives.