Has the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) changed our view of how the world will develop? AI can create art no one thought existed and can change the whole academic world because some students think it’s okay to put a word programme like Jasper AI or ChatGPT to write complete essays, and suddenly weeks of work can turn into 30 minutes of work. 

It can already be hard for the academic world to know whether something in a paper was written by a student or a computer program, but then comes the following concept: Artificial Imagination.

Do you think Artificial Imagination is a new invention or discussion? Something the big IT companies have invented to be able to make even more money?

Because indeed, you have seen an absolute flow of conferences, congresses, colloquiums and other types of meetings that deal with AI and whether this field in our time of development is even suitable for humanity. Suppose AI is what will succeed society, and perhaps even wipe man off the face of the earth.

But in fact, Artificial Imagination is a technological evolution based on the concepts of Imaginational Intelligence, that psychologist James Hillman wrote about as early as 1982. As so often before, the latest and greatest new introduction in our everyday lives has been slowly cooking, off-radar,  for decades. To find out more about James Hillman, ask ChatGPT or any other AI client.

The concepts of Imaginational Intelligence itself can even be traced back to the philosophy of the ancient Egyptians, where the intelligence of imagination also was called the intelligence of the heart.

However, further research is needed on Artificial Imagination and its impact on business, business management, or computing in general and computer science in particular. But much of what we read is instead about fear and power. Will it affect business events within the foreseeable future?

We know today that advanced research says that AI and Artificial Imagination are emerging fields of work. Still, that research should show significantly more attention to business and computer development in connection with the dramatic effect of extensive data analysis, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence.

After several decades of studying the brain, scientists have finally started to understand where imagination comes from and how we can become even more creative.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” This quote comes from Albert Einstein, who was probably right. Intelligence is essential to bring about changes. But the ability to do so begins with thinking about and imagining ideas.

Imagination brings out ideas beyond the conventional, and intelligence is needed to give actual shape to them. So, imagination is more critical in the first place.

Imagination is the mind through which we encounter the world around us. The things we touch, see, read, feel, hear, etcetera merge into a mental “picture” in our imagination. Without this ability to imagine, we cannot develop an empathic ability to understand, or “walk in someone else’s shoes.”

The ‘I’ in AI may stand for Intelligence, but also Imagination. And you are still in charge of driving both.