Two scientists believe they found a way to determine levels of creativity.

At Rutgers University, two scientists, Ahmed Elgammal and Babak Saleh, created an algorithm they claim can determine which pieces of art throughout history have been more creative. They experimented with over 62,000 paintings! The algorithm divides different aspects of each painting into categories that carry in complexity. Everytime the computer picks up something that it has not seen before it considers it to be innovative, or more creative than the last piece.

This has stirred a lot of controversy. Art is so subjective to the artist and the viewer that is very difficult to take an objective view on it. The question that every art historian has battled with for years, might have an answer. But seriously, can a computer determine what is creative or influential? Let us know what you think!

To learn more:
Slate: An Algorithm Is Picking Out the Most Inventive Paintings of All Time