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AI Everything, Everywhere

Accepted submission by fliptop at 2023-01-06 17:52:25
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Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve has become a woke, sanitized shell of its former self. The crowd of rowdy, inebriated locals and tourists is long gone. What you see now is bouncing and screaming [youtube.com] for the latest flash-in-the-pan artists while industry veterans like Duran Duran barely elicit a cheer [youtube.com].

Youtuber and music industry veteran Rick Beato recently posted an interesting video on how Auto-Tune has destroyed popular music [youtube.com]. Beato quotes from an interview [youtube.com] he did with Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan where the latter stated, "AI systems will completely dominate music. The idea of an intuitive artist beating an AI system is going to be very difficult." AI is making inroads into visual art [soylentnews.org] as well, and hackers, artists and others seem to be embracing it with enthusiasm [soylentnews.org].

AI seems to be everywhere lately, from retrofitting decades old manufacturing operations [soylentnews.org] to online help desk shenanigans [soylentnews.org] to a wearable assistant [soylentnews.org] to helping students cheat [soylentnews.org]. Experts are predicting AI to usher in the next cyber security crisis [soylentnews.org] and the end of programming as we know it [soylentnews.org].

Will there be a future where AI can and will do everything? Where artists are judged on their talents with a keyboard/mouse instead of a paintbrush or guitar? And what about those of us who will be developing the systems AI uses to produce stuff? Will tomorrow's artist be the programming genius who devises a profound algorithm that can produce stuff faster, or more eye/ear-appealing, where everything is completely computerized and lacking any humanity? Beato makes a good point in his video on auto-tune, that most people don't notice when something has been digitally altered, and quite frankly, they don't care either.

Will the "purists" among us be disparaged and become the new "Boomers"? Discuss.


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