New AI creates original music by looking at pictures

Could computers be capable of creating art? This new AI from Chinese search-engine giant Baidu seems to be able to do just that.In a new exhibit at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Baidu’s new AI is analysing photos and paintings and creating entirely original musical arrangements based on the imagery it sees.Baidu, often called the Google of China, is the country’s largest search-engine provider. It comprises China’s “big three” internet companies alongside Alibaba and Tencent. It’s project is another example of what AI can do — months after Google’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence won four out of five games in Go against world champion player Lee Sedol.Speaking to Tech in Asia, Baidu said that the AI does its job by deconstructing the elements of a picture…


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