Nvidia taught AI to compose a ‘Star Wars’ song like John Williams

Whether it’s drifting toward the dark side or still a benevolent technology of the light is unclear, but in the not-so-distant future, artificial intelligence could threaten to replace even Hollywood’s most iconic film composers.

Nvidia Corp. NVDA, +3.13%  unveiled in December the capabilities of its Titan V neural information processing system, which apparently include composing orchestral pieces that rival the work of the legendary “Star Wars” composer John Williams.

The company showed off the AI-created piece again at the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Monday in Las Vegas.

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During a conference in December for neural networks, Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang brought 15 musicians from Hollywood’s CMG Music Recording on stage to perform an original “Star Wars”-inspired piece of music composed by Luxembourg-based startup Aiva, which uses a collection of graphics processing units, including Nvidia’s Titan.

“What Nvidia is all about is building tools that advance computing,” Huang told researchers during the conference. “Our ultimate purpose is to build computing platforms that allow you to do groundbreaking work.”

The “Star Wars”-themed music that Avia created with Nvidia’s neural networks was just used for demonstration purposes, and doesn’t appear in any of the Walt Disney Co. DIS, -1.43%  released films. Nvidia has joined with Disney, however, and released several “Star Wars” collector’s edition graphics processing units.

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Shares of Nvidia have gained nearly 118% in the previous 12 months, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.10%  is up close to 21% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09%  is up almost 27%.

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