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Whilst researching into artificial intelligence I came across this article. David Cope is a composer that wrote a computer program he called Experiments in Musical Intelligence. The program was written to analyse past compositions from great composers such as Bach or Beethoven and read the notes like data. Once the data has been read in the program identifies common patterns and styles within the composition and recreates those techniques for new arrangements and compositions. The thing I find most interesting about EMI is the reaction the software received from the audience of music lovers. If a machine can mimic and create works of beauty equal to that of the greats then does this discredit and invalidate the idea of the master piece? It reminds me of the core marxist belief of metaphysical materialism which states:

the mind, or thought, is purely the product of the material composition of the brain.

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cleverbot is a product of jabberwacky.com. Jaberwacky lets you create a robot and then teach it to chat about what ever you would like it to chat about.  The idea is that insurance companies and other commercial sites could teach the robot about what they do and then the robot could be placed on their website to help customers with questions and advice.  That’s the practical side of it but for me i just enjoyed chatting absolute nonsense to it and reading its random responses. At one point it asked me if i tasted of cheese and it also told me the the giant pyramid with the eye is watching me. Perfectly normal conversations! The idea behind the site is pretty amazing! It would be good if they published an API for the service so that people could link Arduino and other hardware to the site and have actual AI talking projects.

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