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Artificial intelligence, robotics, and rocking out


Almost a hundred years ago, Leon Theremin created the eponymous theremin, the first mass-produced electronic musical instrument. Since then, music and technology have had a mostly symbiotic, sometimes conflicting, relationship. As The Buggles famously sang in “Video Killed the Radio Star”:

They took the credit for your second symphony
Rewritten by machine on new technology

But music, which at its heart is based on the harmonious arrangement of a limited number of notes juxtaposed with language, is a perfect medium for artificial intelligence to learn. Musical instruments—which are used to reproduce those notes on physical devices—are ideal for robots to learn both precision and nuance.

Here are three articles on how different aspects of engineering, both computational and physical, are changing the world of music.

Arafat Kazi

Things I love: tech convergence, the singularity, cats.

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