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How will AI change domestic politics?

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21.01.2019

My son is a musician and composer. He desperately endeavors, every day and night, to compose creative music. I dreamed of becoming a professional musician 40 years ago. Now I have full sympathy for my son because it seems increasingly difficult for artists in the 21st century to be original in music or any other form of art.

Take my son’s example. When I was a teenager, electric instruments changed the music scene. There were no digital recorders, computers or databases then. No matter what you did, you could easily sound creative. Now everything is digitally recorded for reference and, for my son’s generation, being original is very difficult.

Although he utilizes digital sound sources, my son composes music manually, meaning without computer-assisted composition software. AI-assisted composition, he argues, doesn’t always sound creative and only humans can make great music. It is particularly so, he believes, in the case of live music. I agree with him.

Then more questions arise. If art is an intellectual activity to move people by transmitting feelings to them, and if people say they are moved by an AI-composed song without knowing it, should that piece be called art? If so, my son will lose his job. Can artificial intelligence really recreate human sensitivity in the first place?

AI may eventually outsmart humans. Pundits call that moment “the singularity.” Some warn that will be the day when machines outperform human beings and finally start controlling them. Others, however, disagree by claiming that AI’s current technological........

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