Commentary | Published:

2020 Computing

The creativity machine

Naturevolume 440page411 (2006) | Download Citation


What will emerge from using the Internet as a research tool? The answer, Vernor Vinge argues, will be limited only by our imaginations.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1

    Kilgarriff, A. & Grefenstette, G. Comput. Linguist. 29, 333–347 (2003).

  2. 2

    Salganik, M. J., Dodds, P. S. & Watts, D. W. Science 311, 854–856 (2006).

  3. 3

    Croquet Project

  4. 4

    Butler, D. Avian Flu Maps in Google Earth

Download references

Author information

Author notes

  1. Vernor Vinge is an emeritus professor of computer science at San Diego State University. His novel Rainbows End (2006) considers the Internet of 2025.

    • Vernor Vinge


  1. Search for Vernor Vinge in:

About this article

Publication history


Issue Date



By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.