AI is Shaping the Way We’re Listening to Music

You Can Thank Machine Learning

Have you been thinking that you really want to hear a certain song and the song you were just thinking of suddenly pops up on shuffle — or that new personalized playlist Spotify just made for you? If that’s you, then you can thank Machine Learning for the pleasant surprise. 

Shaping Music With AI

For those who are unfamiliar with technical jargon like AI and ML — they essentially refer to the algorithms used to shape the way that we stream music, or do anything really. These algorithms take into account everything from the listeners’ preferences to the tonality of the songs in order to create an experience that is optimally tailored to suit the individual user’s taste in music. 

The Age of Manic Optimization

The level of convenience that Machine Learning has produced has led to a monumental and unprecedented boom in the popularity of streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, and Shazam — and the algorithm is only growing more complex. Who said AI ain’t got a soul?

Closing Statement

AI — in its various mutations — improves the efficiency of everyday life and augments the ability of individuals well beyond their capabilities. However, the human benefits to be gained from AI will eventually reach a breaking point — where further investment in AI will ultimately result in a fatal outcome.

“Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.” — Ginni Rometty

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4 thoughts on “AI is Shaping the Way We’re Listening to Music”

  1. Just like anything it’s a tool and it matters how you use it. AI for music matching is great. I enjoy this aspect and there are many other benign and beneficial applications for machine learning already implemented in the world, with more to come. But there is always a villain in the movie who tries to turn everything into a weapon, so we probably need to set up systems to somehow prevent the misuse of it. Easier said than done.

  2. “Improves the efficiency of everyday life and augments the ability of individuals well beyond their capabilities”

    We certainly have fewer capabilities for all the surrounding noise. Most of us can’t turn that noise into music. But at least we have to try…

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