Italian Roboticist Wants to Study Consciousness By Teaching Japanese Robots to Sing Jazz
Intelligence is often defined as the ability to find connections between existing entities - understanding that a key goes in a lock, for instance.
But Chella suggests that a conscious organism should be able to go a step further and introduce novel connections - between, say, musical phrases - that result in the creation of something new. That, in essence, is the idea behind improvisation…
Chella wants to replicate these states in a machine. “Consciousness could be linked to these moments of combination,” he says.
“[This work] raises interesting questions about the link between consciousness and music making,” says musician and computer scientist Philippe Pasquier… But he is sceptical about whether a robot musician needs a physical body, citing examples of AI composers that exist only in software.
(via Jazz-singing robot could shed light on consciousness - tech - 27 September 2012 - New Scientist)