With that in mind, Google's latest trick in machine learning is not quite yet out of a science fiction novel, but certainly something intriguing: an AI that adds accompaniment to your piano playing.
Built on artificial neural networks more than old-fashioned programming, Google coder/musician Yotam Mann unveiled his open-source "AI Duet" late last year, according to VentureBeat.
Now, the piano-inclined bot is playable on both desktop and mobile browsers, allowing just about anyone to try their hand at tickling the digital ivories with AI backup using only a keyboard or touchscreen.
Whenever a user plays a little ditty on the AI Duet's piano, the program plays back a response with its own spin on it.
While interpreting and embellishing musical notes is humanizing to say the least, AI Duet isn't the only Google-backed neural network project that loves the arts. The Big G has reportedly used romance novels to teach its AI more natural conversation skills.
- Google also has an AI that's a virtuoso in the ancient game of Go