Artificial Intelligence and Human Creativity: Range and Limits of Machine Intelligence Using the Example of Music

Artificial intelligence is the endeavor to imitate human intelligence through technology. Amazing progress has already been made in individual fields of application such as autonomous driving or chess computers. Artificial intelligence beats humans on quiz shows (e.g. Jeopardy). Can we expect that all aspects of human intellectual activity can be imitated or even surpassed by machines? An important objection is that machines will never take over the higher levels of human creativity such as artistic activities, e.g. machines will never be able to compose symphonies like Beethoven. AI fans often see such objections as challenges. The musicologist, composer and programmer David Cope has analyzed the notes of composers such as Bach, Beethoven and Mozart by machine and, on this basis, implemented new machine compositions in their style. In blind performances, these compositions are expected to convince a musically educated audience. Newer projects like MuseNet by OpenAI are also making headlines.

At the event, the pianist Barbara Zeller will perform musical examples composed by humans and machines on the grand piano. Artificial intelligence in the field of music will be discussed together: Will AI also be able to surpass human creativity? What are art and music actually and what meaning do they have for people?

Monday, 05-16-2022, starting from 05:15 p.m., Degginger Regensburg

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This is an event of the philosophical café, an open, interdisciplinary philosophical discussion series at the OTH Regensburg that takes place regularly in every semester.