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Playing With Reality Podcast: Music Meets the Algorithm

Menno van Doorn
June 22, 2023

Music has always been a creative act – something that expresses the deepest of human emotions in song. But now, digital technologies are stepping in to challenge humans. Today, with just a simple prompt in natural language, AI can create a fully formed song, or even copy the exact style of established artists. So what does this mean for the industry, and for the musicians themselves? Are we reaching a Napster style moment, where copyright is at risk? And is it all bad news? How are musicians utilising these new technologies to create things which are exciting and new? Find out this week on Playing with Reality.

Today’s Guest

Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy is a mathematician at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. He is the author of a number of popular maths and science books, including The Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint and Think, and Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut. He is one of the world’s leading thinkers about the intersection between science, creativity and digital technologies.

About the author

Director and Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Menno is Director of the Sogeti Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT). He mixes personal life experiences with the findings of the 19 years of research done at the VINT Research Institute. Menno has co-authored many books on the impact of new technology on business and society.


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