Can you tell the difference between big band and boogie woogie? An algorithm can. Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants says it’s created a machine learning AI that can identify different musical styles better than humans. It’s basically Jack Black in High Fidelity without the douchey elitism.
Researchers tested the AI by having a pianist play a variety of music — baroque, classical, ragtime and jazz — in a live demonstration. The AI then assessed the likely genre in real time, vastly outperforming conventional software hand-coded by humans.