David Kirkpatrick

February 25, 2010

Composing music by algorithm

Filed under: Arts, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:58 pm

Via KurzweilAI.net — Very interesting, and I can see where composers would be concerned, but I think Cope’s getting a little ahead/full of himself with the final quote about computers, humans and soul. Hopefully the quip was tongue-in-cheek that just didn’t translate to print.

Triumph of the Cyborg Composer
Culture & Society, Feb. 22, 2010

David Cope’s algorithmic compositions rival the beauty of music by human composers and have passed the musical equivalent of the Turing Test (listeners cannot determine which music is human-composed). They herald the future of a new kind of musical creation: armies of computers composing (or helping people compose) original scores, he believes.

But some — especially composers — are threatened by the ability of artificial creativity programs to compose works fast that are good and that the audience likes.

Undeterred, Cope thinks humans are actually more robotic than machines. “The question,” Cope says, “isn’t whethercomputers have a soul, but whether humans have asoul.”
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February 11, 2010

Artificial intelligence at the human level

Filed under: et.al., Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:38 am

KurzweilAI.net — Maybe by 2050?

How Long Till Human-Level AI?
H+, Feb. 5, 2010

A significant numbers of individuals informed about AI believe it is likely that artificial general intelligence (AGI) at the human level or beyond will occur around the middle of this century, and plausibly even sooner, probably integrating a wide range of approaches, according to a survey of 21 AGI-09 conference participants.

The experts were asked when they estimated AI would reach each of four milestones:

  • passing the Turing test by carrying on a conversationwell enough to pass as a human
  • solving problems as well as a third grade elementary school student
  • performing Nobel-quality scientific work
  • going beyond the human level to superhuman intelligence


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  • March 14, 2008

    Passing the Turing Test

    From KurzweilAI.net:

    AI researchers think ‘Rascals’ can pass Turing test
    EE Times, Mar. 12, 2008Passing the Turing test–the holy grail of AI (a human conversing with a computer can’t tell it’s not human)–may now be possible in a limited way with the world’s fastest supercomputer (IBM‘s Blue Gene) and mimicking the behavior of a human-controlled avatar in a virtual world, according to AI experts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    “We are building a knowledge base that corresponds to all of the relevant background for our synthetic character–where he went to school, what his family is like, and so on,” said Selmer Bringsjord, head of Rensselaer’s Cognitive Science Department and leader of the research project.

    “We want to engineer, from the start, a full-blown intelligent character and converse with him in an interactive environment like the holodeck from Star Trek.”
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