In his autobiography, Miles Davis complained that classical musicians were like robots.
He spoke from experience – he’d studied classical music at Juilliard and recorded with classical musicians even after becoming a world-renowned jazz artist.
As a music professor at the University of Florida, which is transforming itself into an “AI university,” I often think about Davis’ words, and the ways in which musicians have become more machinelike over the past century. At the same time, I see how machines have been getting better at mimicking human improvisation, in all aspects of life.
I wonder what the limits of machine improvisation will be, and which human activities will survive the rise of intelligent machines.