AI System Creates Christmas Song From Image of a Christmas Tree

Posted on December 1, 2016

Researchers from the University of Toronto created an AI system that can create a song after analyzing an image. The neural network created a Christmas song after being shown the image of a Christmas tree.

The Guardian reports that Hang Chu, a PhD student at the University of Toronto AI lab, first trained the network using 100 hours of online music. It was also trained with a collection of photographs and captions.

Raquel Urtasun, an associate professor in machine learning and computer vision at the University of Toronto, tells The Guardian, "We are used to thinking about AI for robotics and things like that. The question now is what can AI do for us? You can imagine having an AI channel on Pandora or Spotify that generates music, or takes people's pictures and sings about them. It's about what can deep learning do these days to make life more fun?"

Here are the lyrics of the computer generated Christmas song:

Lots to decorate the room. The Christmas tree is filled with flowers. I swear its Christmas Eve. I hope thats what you say. The best Christmas present in the world is a blessing. I've always been there for the rest of our lives. A hundred and a half hour ago. I am glad to meet you. I can hear the music coming from the hall. A fairy tale. A Christmas tree. There are lots and lots and lots of flowers.

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