Google’s Magenta takes up piano, in an effort to surpass… people? It’s old news that humans are putting more effort into making Artificial Intelligence (AI) even more intelligent. Through its Magenta Projects, Google joins scientists who want to turn robots into creative objects.
For all musician out there, there’s no need to worry. You’re not going to be replaced by a singing robot anytime soon. The Project Magenta’s goal is to use machine learning to create art. Google’s team wants AI to help in building communities that share the same interest. This would aid sharing valuable information with each other.
The search engine giant will put efforts into creating an open-source only infrastructure. Magenta currently runs on TensorFlow, Google’s open-source Artificial Intelligence engine. It aims at producing audio and video that should test new grounds while also maintaining traits of man-made art. However, artists have to use alpha code to generate their first piece of music with the help of Magenta. Which might prove to be a little confusing to the average computer user.
Magenta has already dropped its first “hit”. Well, not really, if we are to read the reviews. The four-note melody produced by Magenta was, however, accompanied by a man-produced drum beat. Would anyone want to listen to such songs? Many believe there’s no market for Magenta or other AI composers that might want to try their luck in the music industry.
The 90-second piano melody was created through a trained artificial neural network, provided with four musical notes. It’s the first product offered by Google’s Project Magenta. Along with the song, the company has also published a new blog post offering insight into Magenta’s goals.
The criticism over Magenta’s “work of art” comes as a relief. Google’s Magenta takes up piano but isn’t very good at it. Robots are already advancing at a rapid pace. Just how much longer until they’ll be taking our jobs, and now, our place on the stage? No worries, though. It seems that Artificial Intelligence may have the “brain” but not enough talent.
Project Magenta is not Google’s first attempt at experimenting with machine-generated art. This project was inspired by the search engine’s DeepDream algorithm. Basically, programmers have taught an artificial neural network to recreate surrealist images. Furthermore, the company has also developed the Artists and Machine Intelligence program that sponsors similar collaborations.