Could Artificial Intelligence Replace Your Favorite Musicians?

It seems that now it's musicians' turn to think about their career choices.

Truth be told, the answer to questions that start with “Can Artificial Intelligence...” will almost always be “yes” in the long term. However, is it really possible at some point in the future machines will be able to produce music indistinguishable from that of a human? This video talks about the answer in length.

Music is ultimately a set of patterns that humans find meaning in. Since it is closely related to our feelings and emotions, it is hard to imagine an “emotionless” robot composing the works of the great Chopin or Pink Floyd.

Humans make music out of almost a need, a need to explain the “human experience.” When fed enough data, AI can make adequate enough music, however, the product lacks soul and diversity. However, humans also produce music that lacks these qualities. So, where do we draw the line?

When we look at pop music, we see that it is made up of the same four chords in similar or identical sequences. Genres such as Top 50 show that we, as the holders of “natural” intelligence, are inclined to follow similar patterns like artificial intelligence.

Just imagine an AI enjoying music that’s made by another AI. The video explains the dilemma rather expertly, with guest appearances ranging from Harry Potter to Bach, it will surely answer all the questions that are brimming in your head. 

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