Understanding the impact of artificial intelligence on music and arts

Music waves

This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI.

The robots are coming for your job—that’s the general perception of where artificial intelligence is headed today. While that is (in my opinion—and that of many others) an overblown statement for the moment, it’s true that AI algorithms are transforming the employment landscape and changing the way we’re performing tasks.

However, some domains are considered of purely human nature and less threatened by AI disruption. Naturally, creative arts, music and painting are among the first candidates that come to mind. And to some extent, this assessment is true. Artificial intelligence has a ways to go before it yields the next Mozart, Bach or Da Vinci. Continue reading


What is machine learning?

This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try) to disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI.

I was nine years old when I had my first taste of programming, and fell in love with the art (yes, I believe programming is as much art as it is science). I quickly became fascinated with how I could control the flow of my programs by setting logical rules and conditions, if…else statements, switches, loops and more.

In later years, I learned to remove clutter from my code by creating modules and abstracting pieces of code into functions and classes. I enhanced my software development skills with object oriented analysis and design (OOA/D). I learned code reuse and design patterns. I learned to express my program in UML charts and diagrams. And I learned to apply those principles in nearly a dozen programming languages.

But the rule of thumb of programming remained the same: Defining the rules and logic. The rest were just tricks that helped facilitate the implementation and maintenance of those rules. Continue reading