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Offline bustthewave

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Anyone heard of Emily Howell?
« on: October 06, 2012, 01:41:14 AM »
Hey guys, so I'm wondering if anyone has heard about this, and what your thoughts were on it. The idea behind Emily Howell creeps me out to say the least.

So what is Emily Howell:

Emily Howell is a computer AI, that's been in the making by a composer/scientist/musician for something like 35 years now, who composes original music. Here's a link to a snippet of something she composed:


and an article talking about what Emily Howell is, and a bit of how she works: http://arstechnica.com/science/2009/09/virtual-composer-makes-beautiful-musicand-stirs-controversy/

I wish I could find other works that this computer produced. This particular piece I don't think shows nearly the computer's potential.

But my question is: does this type of thing bother anyone else? I dunno... it makes me feel like if a computer can compose pieces that are emotionally moving, genuinely original, and creative... it lessons the value of music.

At the same time, I'm thinking it's something that shouldn't be feared or not pursued on account of fear. I think that by not seeing how far this can be taken; that it's similar to why people thought the world was flat for so long...

But yea, what do you guys think about this?

Offline outin

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Re: Anyone heard of Emily Howell?
«Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 05:59:42 AM »
I have not heard of Emily before. No, it doesn't really bother or scare me, quite the opposite. I love the idea of AI, I can't wait to get my house robot one day, I'd like one who can cook, clean and why not teach me piano too ;D

Just think about all the human "composed" (popular) music today that is practically created by the computer and has zero artistic value.