Algorithms can learn the rules of music, but they're very bad at breaking them. [Inverse]


Algorithms can compute new symphonies and improvise jazz riffs. They can even aggregate a rap. But can real artistry be pre-programmed? Dartmouth professors Michael Casey and Dan Rockmore, founders of the Turing Tests in the Creative Arts, hope to find out. They’ve set up a competition to determine whether humans can distinguish between human and man-made art. Neither man doubts that beauty can be programmed, but neither has witnessed something truly unexpected come from an automaton — yet.