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Brian Eno

ENO EMBRACES AI

YESTERDAY’s Creativity Through Machine Intelligence: A Conversation With Brian Eno featured the musician, producer and visual artist describing the creative process and the historical perspective behind his album, The Ship, inspired by the story of Titantic. Dentsu Lab Tokyo implemented a project to explore whether artificial intelligence (AI) can acquire the creativity that is innate to human beings. The result is a unique generative film to accompany the album’s title track.

“I’ve always loved technology and loved the fact that it is most usually invented for historical reasons, and then turns out to be capable of things that were not foreseen,” Eno said. “For The Ship, I started out making music in a studio in Stockholm and, while there, the words of the songs came to me as I listened to the notes reverberating around the recording room.”

Eno then engaged with session host Dentsu Lab Tokyo in order to create visuals for the recordings. “I am so bored with music videos and I wanted to find a way to do something different. I wanted to use AI and that was why I wanted to work with Dentsu Lab, which is very advanced in this area,” he said.

Speaking more generally about AI, he added: “I don’t share the fears that some people have about AI. There’s nothing to be afraid of, but some of the people who control it are a problem, like the NSA, for example.”

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