Music, movies and media: The future of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is defined as a machine mimicking cognitive human functions. Artificial intelligence machines are now able to create music, make movie trailers and even write news media.

Google has utilized artificial intelligence for the creation of music. Project Magenta, announced by the Google Brain Team, has two goals. According to the official Project Magenta site, the Google Brain Team’s first goal is to advance art in machine intelligence. They want to “explore developing algorithms that can learn how to generate art and music, potentially creating compelling and artistic content on their own.”

“Second, Magenta is an attempt to build a community of artists, coders, and machine learning researchers,” the site said. They want it to be simple for artists to incorporate music created by artificial intelligence into their own music.

The system involves feeding many songs to a machine loosely wired to model the human brain, which gives it information to generate music on its own using a combination of all it has heard. Project Magenta’s leader, Douglas Eck, said “We don’t know what artists and musicians will do with these new tools, but we’re excited to find out.”

An artificial intelligence machine also made a movie trailer for Kate Mara’s upcoming film, Morgan. Led by IBM Watson, the trailer was made by a computer that was consulted and tasked with making the scariest promotional video possible. Watson was given 100 classic horror movies to analyze. After its analysis, it was fed the entire Morgan film and programmed to make the trailer. The trailer is currently available on “YouTube” titled “Morgan: IBM Creates First Movie Trailer by AI.”

Although writing music and publishing movie trailers are a new concept for artificial intelligence, companies are already having robots write news stories. According to Wired, many companies give data to computers that spit out entire articles. “The Associated Press uses software to generate news stories on corporate earnings reports. Fox auto-generates some sports recaps that appear on its Big Ten Network site, while Yahoo uses similar technology to create fantasy sports reports custom-made for each of its users,” said the Wired article.