Google developing a bot that creates art

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Google believes that self-aware robots are the next phase of robotic evolution.
By James Carlin | Jun 02, 2016
Magenta is a Google project aimed at making robots create art. The whole concept revolves around robots learning and teaching themselves. Google believes that self-aware robots are the next phase of robotic evolution.

Magenta created its first piece of art in the form of music. However, to many artists believe, it wasn't good-we to the human ear. However, this still shows significant progress in robotics for the machine to create something entirely new.

This is the next step in Google's experiments after the launch of DeepDream. DeepDream attempted to create art through pictures. The program transformed shambled up pictures or ones that were not taken well into "masterpieces."

Robotic intelligence has already been highlighted in Google's programs such as Google translator. The Program understands speech and can translate it into a variety of languages. However, Google researcher Douglas Eck says this still is not learning, but just a great memory setup.

"Magenta has two goals," said Eck. "First, it's a research project to advance the state of the art in machine intelligence for music and art generation. Machine learning has already been used extensively to understand content, as in speech recognition or translation. With Magenta, we want to explore the other side, developing algorithms that can learn how to generate art and music, potentially creating compelling and artistic content on their own."

Google says that by allowing machines to evolve, humanity also evolves, only in a different way to the more traditional sense. It will help redefine the direction humanity is taking by becoming more integrated in human activities.


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