You never know what you’ll hear walking the halls outside Gil Weinberg’s lab in the School of Music. That’s exactly how Weinberg likes it. The director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology develops robots that can play music, but not tunes you’ve heard before. His goal is to make machines that can create entirely new musical ideas and inspire their human counterparts.
For a while, researchers focusing on robotic art keyed primarily on developing machines that could paint, write poetry, play music or sculpt. Many of these robots were developed to create art that we already know and love. But there’s been a change in the last decade. There are now more efforts to make robots that can, for example, come up with their own ideas for painting, rather than copying a Rembrandt.