gen·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˈjen-rə-tiv How to pronounce generative (audio) , ˈje-nə-, -ˌrā-tiv\

Definition of generative

: having the power or function of generating, originating, producing, or reproducing

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The forces of erosion act here as a kind of generative impulse, unmaking as inspiration to make. Leah Ollman,, "Gravel, glass and glaze: The radical ceramics of Masaomi Yasunaga," 5 July 2019 Pix2pix uses generative adversarial networks (GANs), which work by training an algorithm on a huge dataset of images—in the case of DeepNude, more than 10,000 nude photos of women, the programmer said—and then trying to improve against itself. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Author pulls software that used deep learning to virtually undress women," 28 June 2019 Pix2pix uses generative adversarial networks (GANs), which work by training an algorithm on a huge dataset of images — in the case of DeepNude, more than 10,000 nude photos of women, the programmer said — and then trying to improve against itself. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "A guy made a deepfake app to turn photos of women into nudes. It didn’t go well.," 27 June 2019 Ironically, this back and forth mimics the technology at the heart of deepfakes: the generative adversarial network, or GAN. James Vincent, The Verge, "Deepfake detection algorithms will never be enough," 27 June 2019 Arielle recommends the Mubert generative music app. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Everything From Apple’s WWDC," 7 June 2019 The literary games that attracted the Oulipians were the ones that held the greatest generative promise: constraints that force the author to abandon intention to a greater or lesser degree and allow the process to take over. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 Desktop Metal is developing generative design programs, whose evolutionary algorithms can generate new forms for familiar parts, to liberate this innovativeness. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 Second, generative design promises a substantial boost in product performance and quality. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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gen·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˈjen-(ə-)rət-iv How to pronounce generative (audio) , -ə-ˌrāt- How to pronounce generative (audio) \

Medical Definition of generative

: having the power or function of propagating or reproducing generative organs

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