Can an Artificially Intelligent Computer Make Art?

The human first plays a short tune, and the computer follows up with a longer variation of the tune. Is the computer-generated melody an original piece of music? Is it art? At the music and technology festival Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina, Google researchers were onstage to put those questions to the test. Adam Roberts, one of the researchers in a group called Magenta, demonstrated a digital synthesizer program. Its artificial intelligence would listen to the notes Roberts played and play back a longer melody, according to Quartz, which attended the meeting. Magenta hopes to find out if artificial intelligence can be trained to create original pieces of music, art or video. Try Newsweek for only $1.25 per week If Magenta succeeds, it brings into question whether the program’s creation can…


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