Can Robots Create Life-Changing Songs?

Mar 16, 2023

10:00am – 11:00am CT

Competing AI Music platforms are popping up like mushrooms, some of them psychedelic, others that will make you nauseous. You can mix a pop song with a Classical fugue, or have guide the algorithm to make completely new music. Spotify is cooking up AI tools that they hope will hook users on the platform, as they lean forward into the music-making process, rather than sitting back and simply listening. Microsoft, Sony, and many others are jumping into the action. There are interesting questions being studied. Can a computer own a copyright in a song? When does a music imitation algorithm cross the line into copyright infringement? Is the music any good? Can a computer make music that can bring a human to tears or change your life? Can a computer help a musician make better music?

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Dani Deahl


Bill Hochberg

Raines Feldman LLP

Pamela Pavliscak

Pratt Institute

Michael Turbot

Sony Computer Science Laboratories


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