This story is from the category Artificial Intelligence
Date posted: 24/04/2012
Music talent show judges are among the highest-profile figures in the modern media, watched by millions each week on shows like The Voice and X Factor.
But they can be expensive and temperamental. What if they could be replaced by computer judges - cheap, consistent and low maintenance?
This is essentially the task that Dr Nick Collins from the University of Sussex has set himself, with his research on machines which listen and learn.
He has programmed three computerised judges, complete with general musical knowledge and individual quirks, for a competition in London.
Dr Collins has achieved his feat thanks to a highly versatile programming language written specially for music, called SuperCollider.
Its devotees - from cutting-edge musicians to scientists and sound artists - have come from all over the world to London this week for a conference to showcase this powerful tool, which programmers can use to explore musical artificial intelligence.
But can a computer really have an "ear" for music? And if so, are the days of celebrity judges like Louis Walsh and Amanda Holden numbered?
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