Can Music Composed by Artificial Intelligence Boost Old-Fashioned Intelligence?

Let the robot reach you. As I write this, I’m listening to music written and performed by a robot that was built by Brain.fm to help me focus. I think it might be working, giving me a tiny buzz. This surprises no one more than me. It could of course be a placebo effect. It probably is. In fact, the fact that I even wrote that last three-word sentence should tell you something about the attitude in which I approached Brain.fm’s offering: skeptically. Brain.fm is a new audio startup out of Chicago that produces music written by artificial intelligence that promises to get your brain into one of several desired states, from deep sleep to focused work. “Music is something that’s so powerful and it goes through all the brain,” Adam Hewett, a co-founder of…


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