The marriage of artificial intelligence, or AI, and music at the University of Toronto attracted worldwide attention last year when researchers trained a neural network to compose a holiday carol – complete with such lyrics as, “I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.”
The Guardian newspaper dubbed the creation “vaguely unsettling,” but that hasn't stopped Eric Baptiste from turning to U of T to help navigate the music industry’s digital future.
The CEO of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), has formed a partnership with U of T’s Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL), one of several entrepreneurship hubs on campus.
The goal? Find a way to reconcile booming music consumption with artists’ dwindling revenue.
“The main problem we’re dealing with is the explosion of usage around the world, and the need to be more proactive and quicker to leverage data to be able to license correctly,” Baptiste says.
Baptiste, who called U of T “one of the birthplaces of AI,” will deliver a speech on the subject today as part of DCSIL’s AI week and the RBC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.
Baptiste’s U of T talk will also serve to highlight the theme of DCSIL’s Business of Software course next semester. Dubbed AI & Music, the course will give students problem sets provided by SOCAN in the hopes they can come up with innovative solutions and spin them out into startup companies.
Read more at U of T News.