If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Humankind has done a great deal in terms of making exquisite art, whether through its paintings, songs, or performance art. Museums are packed with such work, and ordinary people have libraries full of fantastic literary achievements--both physical and digital. For the longest time, creativity seemed like an exclusively human forte. However, now many budding artists are learning to express their creativity in the realm of artificial intelligence. Recently, AIs have been trying to outperform their human counterparts in a number of endeavors, particularly when it comes to playing games.
Apparently, there was an overwhelming response to my first blog so I get to write another one. Thanks again to both of you who read it. Given all the doom and gloom about AI in the media recently, in this episode I'd like to talk (write) about some of the positive things going on with a branch of AI known as "deep learning". Way back in ancient times when computers were just getting started in the '60s, while some scientists worked to perfect the lava lamp, others invented something called a neural network. Neural networks were loosely modeled after how they thought the brain worked back then, with an input and output and in between hidden layers of artificial neurons.
The AI was developed by a team of professional musicians and technology experts, and it's the the very first AI to compose and produced an entire music album. That said, the team notes that, contrary to the other songs that have been released by AI composers, the chord structures and instrumentation of "Break Free" are entirely the work of Amper's AI. As the team notes in their press release, "the process of releasing AI music has involved humans making significant manual changes--including alteration to chords and melodies--to the AI notation." As previously noted, the chord structures and instrumentation is purely Amper's; it just works with manual inputs from the human artist when it comes to style and overall rhythm.