In recent years, you know, artificial intelligence has experienced a real boom in popularity, thanks to its convergence with Big Data and machine learning. At what point is it? Well, I'd say it's gone a long, long way.
It is capable, for example, of SEEM sentient (to one of the engineers who programmed it). He is able to create complex drawings and spectacular photo compositions simply from an instruction received. And it can, of course, to compose a piece of music complete with text and synthesized voice.
All things, you will tell me, that we have already seen done. Sure, but the changes we are witnessing are simply epochal. The transition from the GPT-1 and GPT-2 linguistic model to the GPT-3 model, for example. GPT-1 (born 2018) was trained on 117 million parameters. GPT-2, born in 2019, was trained on 1,5 billion parameters. GPT-3, June 2021, is trained on 175 billion parameters. Do you sense the progression?
Yes, but let us hear this song!
As mentioned, even in the recent past there have been examples of songs conceived or modified by an artificial intelligence. The experiments were many, and it was like witnessing the first uncertain steps of a child.
The impression is that a little more time is needed, but even in this case it is enough to look in the recent past and the difference between a piece of the past years and one of these years is remarkable.
Take Mr. Shadow, the song I'm going to show you shortly. It was created by Flow Machines, a technology that learns different musical styles, “mixes” them and composes its own song based on what it has put in its teeth.
A little bit Tony Bennett, a little bit we're all going to die
I state: Flow Machines is a software that anyone can use. If you are interested (it is not a review, I do not take money from these gentlemen or any bonuses) you can download it, only if you have an Apple device, to this address.
We come to the song: can I tell you what I think? Ok. Already knowing that he was born from an artificial intelligence I find something strange, especially in the voice. Something that terrifies me, to be precise. A bit like those lullabies for children that we find in horror films, those that suddenly have a discord, a strangeness that disturbs us.
I miss the proof, though. If I hadn't known that the song is from an AI, would I have noticed it? Maybe yes, come on. But I have the impression that this will not be the case in a while. Very little. Here you are Mr. Shadow: let us know what you think on the social channels of Futuroprossimo, and if you are crazy enough put it in your playlist.