Artificially intelligent composers

I really liked the following article regarding computationally composed pieces of music: Triumph of the Cyborg Composer.

I too have long wondered why people get so angry about the possibility of automating some activities that we chauvinistically think of as being `uniquely human’. The chemistry professor mentioned at the end of the concert, who considers the music to be `one of the most moving experiences of his musical life’ until he realizes that this was actually created by a computer program that was (to use my terminology, to paraphrase) learning a style from demonstration data and generating new variations, is a fairly typical example of AI detractors. I wonder what it will take to convince some of these folks…


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