This weird song composed by a computer could be the start of an AI uprising

If there is a heralding anthem for a future, Skynet-like AI takeover, it just might be this creepy pop tune concocted entirely by a Sony Research Lab artificial intelligence software system named Flow Machines. Flow absorbed a massive song database to conjure up the composition below by listened to samples of hundreds of merry melodies similar to The Beatles, a catchy crop of easy listening selections, then composed its own facsimile.

The result, at least to my ears, has a subtle tinge of malevolence barely perceptible beneath the lulling electronic currents of its pseudo-dreamy "Coldplay meets The Beach Boys" facade. "Daddy's Car" is the latest chart-climber this microchip brain came up with after a crash course in musical styles, assisted in the arrangement and production department by musician Benoit Carre.

Here's the official Sony announcement:

At SONY CSL Research Laboratory, we have created two entire pop songs composed with Artificial Intelligence, thanks to Flow Machines. How is it possible? That’s because our Flow Machines software learns music styles from a huge database of songs. Then, exploiting unique combinations of style transfer, optimization and interaction techniques, it can compose in any style.

Have a listen to Daddy's Car and a bonus track of a second song,  Mr. Shadow, both brought to life by Flow Machines, and tell us if you hear the subtext of total annihilation or just the beautiful music made by a machine.

(Via Laughing Squid)

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