Can AI help solve the music biz's woes? One industry group is working with U of T to find out

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The marriage of artificial intelligence, or AI, and music at the University of Toronto attracted worldwide attention last year when researchers trained a neural network to compose a holiday carol – complete with such lyrics as, “I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.”

The Guardian newspaper dubbed the creation “vaguely unsettling,” but that hasn't stopped Eric Baptiste, CEO of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), from turning to U of T to help navigate the music industry’s digital future.

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