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Programming for Serendipity

Proceedings of the 2002 AAAI Fall Symposium on Chance Discovery - The Discovery and Management of Chance Events, AAAI Technical Report FS-02-01

13 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2009  

José Campos

Instituto Politécnico de Viseu

Antonio Dias de Figueiredo

Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

Serendipity, the faculty of making fortunate and unexpected discoveries by accident, is recognized today as playing a key role in sparking innovation. It does not seem, however, to be manageable by any means, which has kept it as a relatively unexplored subject of research. This paper claims that, although it may not be possible to program serendipity, it is quite possible to program for serendipity, that is, to induce serendipitous insights through the use of computers. The paper begins by commenting on the nature of serendipity and on its relationship to conventional creativity, before it presents Max, a software agent that uses simple information retrieval techniques and heuristic search to wander on the Internet and uncover information aimed at stimulating serendipitous insights.

Keywords: chance, creativity, discovery, information encountering, innovation, programming, serendipity, sofware agent

JEL Classification: O3, O31

Suggested Citation

Campos, José and Figueiredo, Antonio Dias de, Programming for Serendipity (2002). Proceedings of the 2002 AAAI Fall Symposium on Chance Discovery - The Discovery and Management of Chance Events, AAAI Technical Report FS-02-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1385402 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1385402

José Campos

Instituto Politécnico de Viseu ( email )

Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão
Campus Politécnico de Repeses
Viseu, 3504-510
Portugal

Antonio Dias de Figueiredo (Contact Author)

Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra ( email )

Polo 2
University of Coimbra
Coimbra, 3030-290
Portugal
351239790021 (Phone)
351239701266 (Fax)

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