Play for Me, Jarvis

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Elon Musk is known to be particularly apprehensive about artificial intelligence. Although many of us are both excited and worried about the potential future of AI, most don't need to fear computers taking over in the creative realms of society.

Or do we?

Heading over to http://computoser.com both delights and concerns me. Using nothing more than algorithms and preloaded data, the Web site will generate completely unique and oddly pleasant electronic music. I expected the results to feel bland and single-dimensional, but honestly, some of the songs are incredible and seem to relay emotion that obviously was never there to begin with.

Although it might be the downfall of civilization and might mean the unemployability of creative folks like myself, you can taste the computer's creativity yourself. There's also an app in the Google Play store if you want some Skynet music in your pocket.

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Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.