From David Klinghoffer at Evolution News & Science Today:
AIVA [a music generation program] can combine musicals styles — that of, say, Bach and Beethoven, if you feed it enough of those two composers’ works. What such a program can’t do is innovate, says Dr. Marks. It can’t strike out in a new direction of its own, put Bach together with Beethoven and come up with…Stravinsky. Such a leap would be uncomputable, therefore permanently beyond the reach of even the most cleverly designed artificial intelligence.
Marks explains the Lovelace test which, unlike the better-known Turing test, focuses precisely on this hard limit to what computer algorithms can do. AI cannot, in this sense, truly create. That indicates an impassable border for AI, not the only one. Beyond lies the unique realm of the human, no matter what addled things Stephen Hawking may say about computers “replacing” us. More.
Stephen Hawking merely “addled”? It’s come to this? Apparently so.
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