Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 1009: The history and future of artificial intelligence in music

The biggest tech story of recent years has been the rise of artificial intelligence. The subject of AI is everywhere.

The Wikipedia article on ChatGPT, the company that got things rolling in this area, was the site’s most popular in all of 2023 with 50 million visits/

That made it more popular than even Christian Ronaldo, the world’s most famous athlete. That’s more than Barbie and Oppenheimer put together.

This tech is being adopted everywhere, mostly for good. Just look at the medical field. AI is being used to sort through chains of molecules to come up with the next generation of breakthrough drugs, including those that will work on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the misfolded proteins behind Alzheimer’s AI is being trained to quickly find things in scans and X-rays that a human technician might miss.

AI can be used to make better decisions in real-time For example, it can learn traffic and pedestrian patterns and synchronize lights for more efficient movement of everyone/

AI should even have an impact on fighting climate change by creating better models. When it comes to world hunger, AI can analyze zillions of data points to help determine what crops, seeds, fertilizers, soil, and so on for maximum efficiency in any area of the world.

AI is growing at an exponential rate. It’s predicted that the industry will grow by 250% over the next five years. By 2031, the market for generative AI will be at least one trillion US dollars.

But yes, AI can also be used for evil. Deepfakes and fake news, copyright infringement and forgery, cybersecurity breaches, and manipulation of financial markets are just some of the concerns. And AI is inevitably going to replace humans in a lot of different jobs.

If you’re listening to me, you’ve probably wondered about artificial intelligence and music. That’s good because there’s going to be an impact. Best we know where this intersection of music and tech came from so that we can maybe figure out where it’s going.

This is the history and future of AI in music.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Kraftwerk, Computer World
  • Our Lady Peace, In Repair
  • Daddy’s Car, Flow Machines
  • Grimes, So Heavy I Feel Through the Earth
  • OpenAI, Classic Pop in the Style of Frank Sinatra
  • Aisis, Out of My Mind

Eric Wilhite has blessed us with a playlist.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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