On the impact of ICT over the creative process in humans



In this paper  we dwell upon the  effect that Information  Society at  large, and the use of ICT technologies in particular, have  on  the  ability  of  humans  in  generating  new  ideas  through  a  creative  thinking  process.  In  order  to  ground  our discussion onto scientific terms,  we first describe  a  general model  of the creative  thinking process, the  DIMAI model, which  identifies  the  main  mental  states  occurring  in  the  mind  of  the  creative  thinker:  drive  and  focus  definition, information  gathering, movement from  idea to  idea, assessment, and implementation. We then move  on to  discuss the facilitators and inhibitors introduced by ICT technologies onto these five mental states, as well as on the overall process, and we show that there are numerous nuances and specificities on both sides, such as the impact of  virtual worlds, self-authoring  tools,  hyper-connectivity,  reduction  of  attention  span,  protection  of  intellectual  property.  Therefore,  the conclusion is that there are many positive as well as negative implications, but without any doubt we  can state that the impact  of  ICT  on  humans  creativity  is  very  significant.  The  future  evolutions  of  technology  are  certain  to  bring  even further implications, including the birth of the creative process for a global distributed brain.


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