Alexander Manu on 'Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Creativity'

Discover the intersection of AI and creativity in "Transcending Imagination." Explore AI's impact on art, design, and education, challenging traditional boundaries.

Presented by: Rotman School of Management
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Following the conversation, we invite you to join us for a meet-and-greet with the author, book signing and light refreshments.

Co-presented by: Business Design Initiative


Alexander Manu, Strategic Foresight Practitioner; International Lecturer; Author


Emma Aiken-Klar, Academic Director, Business Design Initiative


Transcending Imagination: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Creativity (Chapman and Hall/CRC, April 2024)

Book Synopsis:

Imagine a world where the boundaries of creativity are not only stretched but redefined. This bookserves as your guide to this new frontier, engaging general readers, tech enthusiasts, and creatives alike in the captivating interplay between human ingenuity and artificial intelligence (AI).

Journey through the ground-breaking advancements in AI as they intersect with art, design, entertainment, and education. Discover how AI’s power to analyze and understand language can be harnessed to generate breathtaking visuals from mere text descriptions―a process known as text-conditional image generation. But this book goes beyond just showcasing AI’s capabilities: it delves into its transformative effects on the creative process itself. How will artists and designers adapt to a world where they co-create with machines? What are the implications of AI-generated art in educational settings? This book tackles these questions head on, offering a comprehensive view of the changing landscape of creativity.

At its core, this book challenges you to rethink what’s possible in the realm of artistic expression. Manu contends that as AI evolves, mastering the art of collaboration between human and machine will become essential. More than just a look into the future, Transcending Imagination: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Creativity is a roadmap for artists, designers, and educators eager to navigate the uncharted territory of AI-augmented creativity. It is a must-read for anyone interested in how AI might redefine the realms of art, design, and education.

About our Speaker:

Alexander Manu is a visionary who has consistently challenged the boundaries of innovation, strategy, and foresight, an individual whose insights have shaped industries and inspired countless professionals to reimagine the future and their role in it. He is a celebrated author, a distinguished professor, and a sought-after consultant who has advised Fortune 500 companies, governments, and academic institutions. His work has been a catalyst for change, challenging the status quo and pushing boundaries in ways that redefine what is possible.

With a career spanning decades, he has been a beacon of inspiration, guiding businesses and individuals alike to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of technology, design, and human potential. His teachings and writings have been instrumental in helping organizations transition from the industrial to the knowledge value economy, emphasizing the importance of imagination, creativity, and personal transformation. He believes that the future is not something that happens to us but something we create.His insights into the intersection of technology, business, and human behaviour have made him a leading voice in shaping the future of our interconnected world.

About our Moderator:

Emma Aiken-Klar is an anthropologist with over a decade of industry experience applying human-centered research methodologies to complex business and design challenges. She works with clients to uncover insights about human beliefs and behaviors and translates this understanding into strategies that elevate human experiences and improve business outcomes. Her strategic guidance augments traditional decision-making frameworks to deliver human-centered business impacts.

Formally trained in anthropological theory and ethnographic methods, Emma has conducted extensive research into a broad range of social phenomena, including consumer and popular culture, digital interactivity, the future of data privacy and security, gender equity at work and the cultural aspects of technological innovation

Emma has a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Toronto, and an MA in communication and cultural studies from Ryerson/York Universities.

Event Logistics:

This event is available to attend in-person.

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General Admission: In-Person Ticket Details

  • The event will be hosted in the Career Centre Lounge at the Rotman School of Management (105 Saint George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3E6). Your registration fee includes a copy of the book, meet-and-greet with book signing by the author and light refreshments.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

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  • In-person registrants who do not pick up their book at the event will have 5 business days to request postal delivery by emailing us at All unclaimed books will be returned to the publisher after that time.

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