1st Edition

AI and the Future of Creative Work Algorithms and Society

Edited By Michael Filimowicz Copyright 2023
    112 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the intelligent technologies that are transforming creative practices and industries.

    The future of creative work will be more complicated than “the robots will take our jobs.” The workplace is becoming increasingly hybridized, with human and computational labor complementing each other. Some economic roles for the former will no doubt fade over time, while new roles are created to produce artificial intelligence (AI)-related technologies and implementations for productivity. New tools for the generation and personalization of content across platforms will be as ubiquitous as the automation of repetitive tasks in content creation workflows. Cultural conceptions of what it means to be a creative worker will necessarily change as a result of these transformations in human-machine labor. The volume covers the possibilities of humans and robots developing collegial relationships, creative cybernetics as machines and artists become co-creators of art, the reconcentration of corporate power as AI transforms the music industry, the rhetoric of algorithm-driven cultural production in streaming media and how artisans provide a model of counter-hegemony to automation processes.

    Scholars and students from many backgrounds, as well as policy makers, journalists and the general reading public, will find a multidisciplinary approach to questions posed by creative labor and industry research from communication, philosophy, robotics, media, music and the creative arts, informatics, information science, and computer science and engineering.

    1. Can a Robot Be a (Good) Colleague?

    Sven Nyholm

    2. Creative Machine-Human Collaboration: Toward a Cybernetic Approach to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Techniques in the Creative Arts

    Stephen Roddy

    3. Slave to the ’Rithm: The AI Turn in the Music Industries

    Sarah Keith, Steve Collins, Adrian Renzo and Alex Mesker

    4. A "New Economy" of blockbusters? Netflix, Algorithms and the Narratives of Transformation in Audiovisual Capitalism

    Christophe Magis

    5. Counter-hegemonic AI: The Role of Artisanal Identity in the Design of Automation for a Liberated Economy

    Matthew Garvin, Ron Eglash, Kwame Porter Robinson, Lionel Robert, Mark Guzdial and Audrey Bennett


    Michael Filimowicz is Senior Lecturer in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University. He has a background in computer-mediated communications, audiovisual production, new media art and creative writing. His research develops new multimodal display technologies and forms, exploring novel form factors across different application contexts including gaming, immersive exhibitions and simulations.