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DARPA is teaching artificial intelligence software to play jazz

Cinema of late has become littered with themes related to artificial intelligence, but arguably one of the most provocative moments from this genre comes in the movie Her when the intelligent OS begins composing music in its spare time. Music has long been used as something of a gold standard in reference to culture and creativity, showcasing the best and brightest aspects of the human intellect. Now The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the US military, would seem to be robbing humanity of this last emblem of intellectual singularity by teaching an artificial intelligence system to play jazz.”

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