As we know the ultimate goal of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is to achieve that a machine has a general intelligence very similar to the human, this is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious goals that science has set and one of the most pursued today.
The goal has long been to design an AI like the human mind. Source: pixabay.com.
In recent years this eagerness to build intelligent machines has led us to make great advances, every time we can hear news about new applications of AI and its greater scope, some of which worry many by hypotheses raised by some authors or by what we see in science fiction movies, where a quasi-human robot unleashes Armageddon.
This stems from news stories where we have read about computers being able to beat a human mind in a game, carry on a fluent conversation with their human interlocutor or even being able to compose a melody like Beethoven.
This has been achieved thanks to the fact that today's computers can process large volumes of data very quickly, and based on some algorithms, can analyze, encode and decode information, making it even learn to respond to a situation that was not previously programmed. This makes it possible to simulate apparently human behavior.
And the lower production costs of computers with these capabilities has allowed us to live surrounded by artificial intelligence without even realizing it, for example, virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa or Google's Siri, facial recognition by cell phones, or the content selected for us in social networks are some examples.
Basically with machine learning algorithms machines are learning, but in a way that involves the accumulation of information and analysis of situations in which it can be used, but as much as their capabilities can surprise us they are only executing the guidelines given to them by their programmer.
But why are we surprised by artistic behaviors that we consider only human, can a form of artistic expression be programmed? Any self-respecting artist would answer no, that it requires hours and hours of endless work, repetition, learning techniques and finally capturing their experience. But precisely this is to accumulate information, thousands of data that are acquired by repeating the movements or whatever corresponds.
AI can now compose music. Source: edited image, original from pixabay.com.
And precisely the use of AI to perform musical compositions is booming, even several events such as the AI Song Contest are gaining prominence in Europe.
But even if a robot composes a melody or makes a drawing, it does not mean that it will replace the artist, perhaps it will only give him a new tool or give him another role in the creative process; it is like the doctor who receives a pre-diagnosis from an AI that has analyzed thousands of data regarding a pathology, but in the end the specialist is the one who has the last word according to the type of patient and his context.
Undoubtedly, AI will continue to advance and nurture the artistic and scientific capabilities of computers, but even if a machine can make a prediction of analyzing the melodies and rhythm trend in the networks and create a melody, this machine would not be an inventor, it would not break schemes or be a genius of the piano, and although it will continue to surprise us with its advances in artistic areas, it will only do what its programming allows it to do.
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