Human creativity vs AI creativity [Infographic]

5 July 2024 – Vol 2, Issue 3.

While AI can generate outputs that might be perceived as creative, this perception is often misleading. AI’s outputs, though sometimes original and effective, lack the depth and authenticity seen in human creativity.

Human creativity vs AI creativity [Infographic] - Gil Dekel

Human creativity vs AI creativity [Infographic].

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Human Creativityhuman creativity heart icon


Artificial (AI) Creativity
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Driven by genuine interest


Operates based on programmed instructions and data
Involves deliberate and mindful choices


Lacks intentionality, follows pre-set algorithms
Reflects unique perspectives and emotions Authenticity Outputs are derivative, based on processed information
Excels at identifying, defining, and formulating problems uniquely Problem Finding Can only address problems it has been programmed to recognize
Complex cognitive processes Process Data-driven mechanisms
Original ideas often emerge spontaneously Originality Can produce original outputs but lacks true novelty
Novel ideas arise from simple components through complex processes Emergence Combines existing information, often leading to derivative results
Products of complex neurological processes Hallucinations Computational errors or anomalies
Reflects personal insights and feelings Self-expression No self-expression; outputs lack a personal touch


Human creativity is characterised by genuine interest, deliberate choices, unique perspectives, emotions, problem-finding, complex cognitive processes, spontaneous originality, personal insights, and self-expression.

Artificial intelligence output is characterised by programmed instructions, pre-set algorithms, processed information, data-driven mechanisms, derivative results, computational errors, and no self-expression.

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© Journal of Creativity and Inspiration.
Graphics/infographics © Gil Dekel. Text © Mark Runco and Gil Dekel.


About the authors

Dr. Mark A. Runco is the Director of Creativity Research & Programming at Southern Oregon University, USA. He has taught at the University of Hawaii, Cal State Fullerton, and various international institutions. Mark has published around 200 works on the measurement and enhancement of creativity.

Dr. Gil Dekel specialises in processes of creativity and inspiration. He is a lecturer, visionary artist, Reiki Master/Teacher, and co-author of the ‘Energy Book’. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Coin, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to pastoral work at Hampshire Constabulary.