Google Hopes to Unlock the Artist within AI

In 1968, Philip K. Dick posed a question through the title of one of his many famed works: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Close to 50 years later, Google somewhat answered that question when it asked its artificial neural networks what it saw in an image of clouds, or to produce a pattern it found in white noise. The results were often psychedelic. Now, Google announced it will continue to explore if artificial intelligence can indeed be creative. According to Popular Science, the company plans on launching the project, dubbed Magenta, on June 1. The project will see whether machine intelligence can produce original music, videos, images, and text. “The question Magenta asks is, ‘Can machines make music and art? If so, how? If not, why not?’” wrote Google…


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