Sorry, Dad. You know how you’ve been saying maybe this is the year you’ll dust off that keyboard you got five Christmases ago and actually learn to play the thing? Well, now a computer’s beat you to it.
One of Google's latest experiments in artificial intelligence is a virtual piano player that responds to the notes you play with a complimentary musical phrase, and can even accompany you in a duet.
Developer and musician Yotam Mann from Google Creative Lab’s Magenta project explains that with traditional coding, teaching a computer to play piano means inputting a huge number of musical rules. Using neural networks, however, the machine learns to make it’s own decisions by ingesting and analyzing a large set of examples. That’s how A.I. Duet was trained.
You can try it yourself here.
The machine’s no Bach, but neither am I. (Not by a long shot). It’s fun enough just to watch the poor AI schooled on thousands of works by the Greats and rack its brains trying to make sense of my nonsense.