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Mark Zuckerberg’s AI butler also recommends music

Every year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chooses a ‘personal project’ to focus on, with 2016’s being the development of an artificial-intelligence butler named Jarvis.

It’s an app and Facebook Messenger chatbot that controls various aspects of he and wife Priscilla’s home, but in an interview with Fast Company, Zuckerberg has also revealed that Jarvis has music-recommendation features.

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BPI boss Geoff Taylor on AI, music and the technological singularity

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI and Brit Awards, wrote this foreword for Music Ally and the BPI’s recent Music’s Smart Future report, addressing the potential of machine-learning, chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) composition technologies.

“For most of us, the notion of artificial intelligence may conjure up visions of replicants from Ridley Scott’s dazzling sci-fi thriller Blade Runner, or the more recent humanoid offerings in Ex-Machina or C4’s Humans.

Yet AI is no longer the province of science fiction. In many areas of life, computers are now taking decisions or undertaking tasks (such as medical diagnosis or driving cars) that we previously assumed required human judgement and intelligence.

The technology has the potential to revolutionise the way we live and to shape the nature of our society. It also raises profound questions about the very essence of consciousness, our identity as humans, morality, and, yes, the Meaning of Life itself.

Thankfully those broader questions are beyond the scope of this report, but we feel it is time for us to reflect on the impact that AI technology may have on the music industry – and on music itself.

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AI could be the music industry’s next Napster moment – but much bigger

“It’s probably fair to say that AI will change the music industry and lots of other industries a lot more than the internet did.”

Ed Newton-Rex, CEO of startup Jukedeck, set the tone at last night’s ‘Music’s Smart Future’ event at the BPI’s headquarters in London. His company has developed artificial intelligence (AI) technology capable of composing music, with more than 500,000 tracks under its belt already.

The implications for the music industry of AI composers was just one of the topics discussed at the conference, alongside machine-learning based music recommendation tech; music-focused chatbots; and smart voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.

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ABBA set for digital tour with VR and AI

No, ‘VR and AI’ aren’t the latest hot brostep DJs… That long-desired ABBA reunion isn’t quite happening yet, but the Swedish pop pioneers have announced an inventive new “digital experience” in partnership with Universal Music and manager Simon Fuller.

“I was imagining who would be my very first choice to work with on an extraordinary new virtual reality experience to capture the world’s imagination,” Fuller told Billboard.

“In a second, I thought it simply has to be ABBA… We are exploring a new technological world, with virtual reality and artificial intelligence at the forefront, that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn’t have previously imagined.”