Music composed by artificial intelligence

Google engineers are trying to see if Artificial Intelligence can generate works of art, thus morphing into Artificial Creativity.  The company’s Project Magenta is working on algorithms that would allow computers to compose music.  See Can machines make music? Google tests creative boundaries of AI. – CSMonitor.com.  

The first composition has been released.  It consists of only four notes.  (The drums are human additions.)  Hear it after the jump.

Then discuss:  Do you think machines with Artificial Intelligence will be able to create art?  What’s the difference between the Artificial Intelligence of a machine and the Actual Intelligence of a human being? What else is needed to create a work of art besides “intelligence”?  Can machines ever have those things?
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Could Google steal the election?

Research shows that whether favorable or unfavorable articles show up on search engines–and the order of those articles–influences the way people vote.  So, conceivably, Google–or, rather, the search algorithm that Google uses–could determine the election.  So warns Wired Magazine. [Read more…]

Should we have the right to be forgotten?

As we blogged about last year, the highest court of the European Union ruled that Google must implement “the right to be forgotten,” requiring the search engine to strike out embarrassing about individuals upon their request.  There is now a movement to bring that right to the United States.

Read about it after the jump.  Would this be a blow for internet privacy?  Or an effort to censor the internet?  Would it be a salutary method of covering up old mistakes?  Or an attempt to remake history by implementing an Orwellian “memory hole”? [Read more…]

Google is investing in letting us live for 500 years

Google is putting some of its gazillions of dollars into a venture capital fund.  Its goal is to fund research that will let us live for 500 years. [Read more…]

More on “the right to be forgotten”

We blogged about the European Union’s Supreme Court equivalent ruling that Google must take down links to information about individuals if they request it.  Well, the requests are pouring in. [Read more…]

The right to be forgotten

The highest court of the European Union has ruled that Google and other search engines must allow individuals to request that links about them that appear in searches be deleted. [Read more…]


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