If you think a career as a Film Composer could never be replaced by machines, you might want to listen to the music of composer Emily Howell. Listen to “her” music in the short film “Humans Need Not Apply”.

exponential-growth-of-computing-1We’re getting closer and closer to Ray Kurzweil’s predicted day in 2029 where machine intelligence surpasses our own and is able to think of ideas and concepts that we do not possess the intelligence to fathom, a moment known as the Singularity (a term borrowed from the physics of black holes). Our progress in nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics, genetics, and other technologies, is moving us ever closer to the point where we will be able to interface our minds with the digital cloud and vice versa. One day we may even be able to upload our entire consciousness into the digital ether, a moment referred to as Transcendence, a potentially inevitable part of the evolution of intelligence. These flesh and blood animal bodies are merely carbon-based hosts that we are rapidly outgrowing. Kurzweil’s predictions are no more an opinion than they are actual mathematics and statistics, and in fact his team has been using equations to nail predictions on the course of our future since 1990. Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years

Will Computers or Artificial Intelligence ever be able to master writing music to images to convey emotion in a complex architected cohesive whole that stands on it’s own and moves people emotionally whilst perfectly serving the moving images as well? Considering that one day we will be able to interface our minds into the machine world, it’s just a matter of time. The question is, will machines correctly represent the chemical desires, hormones, nostalgia, feelings, and other flesh and blood aspects that make us motivated human beings? But even more compelling, is, will consciousness and/or intelligence itself therefore evolve beyond such animal properties, and become inspired to create music that is more complex, faster and at unheard of frequencies than any human or animal could ever know?

In October of 2015, DARPA announced the MUSICA program, which is trying to develop AI which can improvise a jazz solo in context to listening to the other human band members. READ MORE: DARPA is making jazz playing robots

Can computers compose beautiful, emotional music? Philip Ball discovers a new algorithmic composer challenging our ideas of what music itself should be. Listen to “Hello World”, “Ugadi”, and “Alphard” composed by Iamus and performed by live musicians, at: Music like never heard before

So what do you think? Comment below…

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Evan Evans is a veteran film composer known for his complex scores of polytonal soundscapes and orchestral color shapes. A child prodigy, he has been scoring professionally since the age of 12, and is responsible for dramatic music on over 60 feature films. He is the son of legendary Jazz pianist Bill Evans, creator of The Composer Collective a movie scoring production firm, and mentor to aspiring Film Composers using his "Free Scoring" method and other theories on the Psychology of Drama in Music and Film.