How can music technology change lives in 2020

How can music technology change lives in 2020

How can music technology change lives in 2020

Ilze Garda Two weeks before coming here, I shared a different stagewith four very inspiring musicians: a paralyzed electronic producer,who creates music using his eyes, a blind and autistic pianist, who uses artificial intelligenceto enhance his left-hand playing, a multi-instrumentalist in a wheelchair,that turns him into a one-man band, and a singer, born with one hand, who could now, for the first timein her life, play the guitar.

That event was DisCoTech,a-first-of-its-kind hackathon, dedicated to the creationof music technology, for people with special needs. I often get asked, “What does that mean and why did you chooseto do this of all things?” The truth is, it pretty much chose me. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

When I was 17, I spent five weeksin India with my father. This is not my father, by the way. (Laughter) He was just taking the picture. But at the time,I already had my first band, and we were recording and performingregularly back home in Tel Aviv. So I was constantly thinking about music. But it was onlyduring a 30-hour train ride in India that something in me clicked. http://music

You see, 30 hours is a very long time,especially in the age before smartphones. So all I could do was read my book,listen to my CDs, talk to my dad, sleep what felt like forever, and then find out we still had10 more hours to go before we reached our destination. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

There was nothing to do but wait, just be. That was when I first started realizingwhat I was listening to all along. (Train sound) The train had it own rhythm,a mechanical beat. And my mind started focusingon the relationship between that beat, and the sound of dripping waterfrom a leaking tap nearby. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

How can music technology change lives in 2020

What was previouslyan annoying background noise, started becominga musical part in a symphony, the symphony of the present moment, and I realized – (Sound)everything is musical. I devoted the next 10 years of my lifeto music and film, I built my career and my artand my sense of self around these mediums, and I traveled the world with themas much as I could.

But a decade afterthat first realization on the train, I started feelinglike something was missing. An inner voice kept telling me I could spend my time and energydoing something more meaningful, something that woulddirectly affect other people’s lives. It was around that timethat I discovered hackathons. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

Hackathons are events where peoplefrom different disciplines form groups and create togetheraround a specific theme or technology. Hackathons usually last24 or 48 hours straight. They include very little sleepand quite a lot of pizza, and they end in every group’s presentationof what they have made. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

For me, hackathons were the gatewayto the world of music technology. You see, this wasthe prefect context to take the “everything is musical” principleand apply it on a whole new level.

So, I started making (Beatboxing) prototypes. (Laughter) Seriously, I started turninghats, and glasses, and gloves into instruments and convertinghead movements into sound effects, and heartbeats into rhythms,and brainwaves into melodies. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

I was getting hooked,and the lines were beginning to blur. Are we playing the instrument,or is the instrument playing us? Perhaps we ourselvesare becoming an instrument, assigning soundsto the biological symphony that is our physical body.

And how could these ideasserve a deeper purpose? The answer came from the mind,literally, it came from the brain, as I started workingwith a technology called NeuroSteer, developed by professor Nathan Intratorand Lenny Ridel. What they were doingwas to take the EEG readings of electrical activity in the brain and convert them into cognitive data,making them into numbers. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

How can music technology change lives in 2020

How can music technology change lives in 2020

And what I was doingwas to take that cognitive data and convert that into musical values. So, basically, translating electrical activityin the brain into melodies: Musical Neurofeedback. I’m going to play you a few seconds,so you can hear what it sounds like.

(Music) The recording you are listening tois of Sefi Udi. He was demonstrating this live on stageat an amazing event called TOM. Sefi is a paraplegic, in a wheelchair, and watching him on that stage performing music livefor the first time since his injury opened my eyes to the realization that these technologies. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

these inventions could do much more than empowerprofessional musicians and hobbyists. They could help improve the livesof people with disabilities. They can make musicaccessible to everyone. A seed was planted. When some of these prototypes startedwinning awards and gaining recognition, I started receiving emails and callsfrom other people who were working on similar projects.

One of them was Erez Simon, a design student who was tryingto build a musical instrument for a nine-year-old girl from Jerusalem. That girl is Raheli. Raheli is both physicallyand cognitively impaired. She can only move her right hand at willand can do almost nothing independently.

Taking this into account,we tried to create an instrument and decided to make a glovewhich will act as a one-button machine, triggering an eventwhenever it hits a surface. My challenge was to turnsuch a simple device into a musical toy that will enable Rahelito feel the joy of self-expression. So, I assigned three different modesto that glove. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

The first mode is drum mode,triggering a kick sound (Kick sound) followed by a snare sound (Snare sound) in a one-two-one-two pattern,so that she could play like this. (Imitating kick and snare sounds) Now, Raheli could tryand become a drummer. For the second mode, I dividedRaheli’s favorite song into sections, so that she could queue inthe next part in time.

Now, Raheli was becoming a DJ. For the third mode,I invited Raheli’s mother to my studio and recorded her readingtwo different children books. I then cut those readings into sentences,so that Raheli could control the pacing and overall experiencewhile keeping her mother close by even when she wasn’t. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

Erez made an amazing jobdesigning and creating the glove itself and the project was a success, not only at school,but also for Raheli and her family, which brings me to the present dayand the beginning of this talk. About two weeks ago, I had the privilegeof producing a hackathon myself: DisCoTech, the first event of its kind dedicated to music technologyfor special needs.

This was produced in collaborationwith an Israeli NPO called “Imagine”, founded with the missionof making music accessible to the special needs population, and my own company “Shift” which focuseson innovation for positive impact. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

Together, we worked for four months to assemble teams of designers,developers and makers around four different musiciansand four different challenges. (Video and music starts) Ofer. He is sufferingfrom a rare neurological disorder similar to ALS.

He is also a talented electronic producer. His team built a unique interface with a camera that translateshis eye movements to music. Roy is a gifted pianist,autistic and blind. He can play virtuouslywith his right hand, but is limited to using one fingeron his left hand. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

How can music technology change lives in 2020

How can music technology change lives in 2020

His team built a pedal boardand an algorithm that compensatefor this motoric limitation by adding in the notesthat he can’t play himself, creating a fuller, richer soundon the keys. Liron is a brilliantprofessional filmmaker and musician.

He was injured in a ski accidentand became paralyzed from the chest down. His team turned his wheelchairinto a portable studio with a guitar, an harmonica,a microphone, and a built-in looper, turning him into a one-man bandin a wheelchair. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

And last but not least, Kineret,a singer born with one hand, but with energy and talent to spare. Her team designeda 3D printed prosthetic arm that allowed her for the first time in her lifeto accompany her own vocals without needing to dependon anyone else by playing the guitar.

At DisCoTech’s closing event, all four prototypeswere demonstrated live, making it clear that music technology has the power and potentialto change lives. For me, this journey into the futureof music has become about more than technologyor special needs. It has become about our basic rightsas human beings to express ourselves freely and fully,regardless of any limitation. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

Future tech always comeswith two things: promise and unintended consequences. And it’s those consequencesthat I want to explore. And before we get to howfuture tech may affect us, I’d like to spend a little timeexploring the unintended consequences of some of our recent tech, namely, social media.

Social media, a few short years ago,was the tech of future you. Now it just is you. Social media was supposedto bring us together in ways we could never imagine. And the predictors were correct. These three girlsare talking to one another without the awkward discomfortof eye contact. I call that advancement. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

We were supposed to be caught upin a communication tsunami, the likes of which the worldhas never seen. And that did happen. And so did this. (Sings) One of these thingsis not like the other. (Speaks) Now, look at this picture. If you picked the guywith the book, you’re wrong — or, as a certain presidentwould say, three of these guys are reading, and one guy, on the end,is listening to music and playing “Candy Crush.”

(Laughter) So are we more connected, or are we just more connectedto our devices? Social media was supposedto place us in a veritable town square, where we could engage one anotherwith challenging ideas and debates. And instead what we got were trolls. This is an actual tweet that I received. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

“Chuck, no one wants to hearyour stupid, ill-informed political views! I hope you get leprosy and die. Love, Dad” (Laughter) Now, the great thingabout that tweet if you look at it, just like most trolls, it’s not that bad, because he wished “leporsy” on meinstead of “leprosy,” and “leporsy” is not dangerous at all. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

(Laughter) (Applause) Along with trolls, we gota brand new way of torturing teenagers — cyberbullying. A concept that my 75-year-old motherjust can’t seem to wrap her head around. “So, uh, did they hit him?” “No, Mom, they didn’t hit him.” “Did they take his money?” “No, Mom, they didn’t take his money.” “Did they put his face in the toilet?” “No, Mom, they didn’t –” “Well, what did they do?” “They attacked him on the internet.”

“Attacked him on the internet?” (Laughter) “Well, why don’t you justturn off the internet?” (Laughter) “Your whole generationis a bunch of wussies.” (Laughter) She’s got a point. (Laughter) She’s got a point. And I don’t even want to talk aboutwhat social media has done to dating. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

I was on Grindr until I found outit wasn’t a sandwich app. (Laughter) And I can’t even tell you about Tinder, except for the fact thatif you think there is a limit to the amount of anonymous sexwe can have on this planet, you are sadly mistaken.

How can music technology change lives in 2020

How can music technology change lives in 2020

So where do we go from here? Well, let’s just jump right inand play the hits. Driverless cars. Something that has alreadybeen around for many years, just without the assistance of computers. (Laughter) (Applause) Because for years, we havebeen driving while texting, putting on makeup, shaving, reading — actually reading — that would be me. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

The other thing is that sincedriverless cars will be shared, most people won’t own cars, and that means the DMV will go away. The DMV — I know whatyou’re saying right now. “There’s no way this guyis going to stand up here and make a case for the DMV.”

Well, I don’t know about you,but I do not want to live in a world where harsh fluorescent lights, endless lines, terrible forms to fill out and disaffected, soullessbureaucrats remind me that I am pretty damn luckynot to work here. (Laughter) That is the real service they provide. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

The DMV: come for the registration renewal, stay for the satisfaction of knowingyou made some pretty good life choices. (Laughter) Nobody will own their car in the future, and that means teenagerswill not have a place to make out. So you know what that means.

That means they will orderdriverless cars to do just that. I do not want to step into a vehicleand ask the question: “Why does this car smell likeawkwardness, failure and shame?” If I want to ask that question,I’ll walk into my own bedroom. (Laughter) So what else do we haveto look forward to? That’s right, artificial intelligence. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

How can music technology change lives in 2020

Artificial intelligence, yes. You know, there was a timewhen artificial intelligence was a joke. I mean, literally a quipthat you would hear at a cocktail party when somebody wouldbring it up in conversation: “Artificial intelligence. The only real artificial intelligenceis our American Congress.

” Well, it’s not funny anymore. Stephen Hawking, Elon Muskand Bill Gates have all gone on record expressing grave reservationsabout artificial intelligence. That’s like Jesus, Moses and Muhammadcoming together and saying, “Guy, guys — here’s somethingwe can all believe in.” How can music technology change lives in 2020.

You might want to go with that,is all I’m saying. We are actually teachingmachines how to think, how to understand our behavior, how to defend themselvesand even practice deception. What could possibly go wrong? (Laughter) The one thing that’s for sure: the creation always despises its creator. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

OK? The Titans rose up against the gods; Lucifer against Jehovah. And anybody who has a teenagerhas heard these words: “I hate you and you’re ruining my life! I hate you!” Now just imagine that sentimentwith a machine that can outthink you and is heavily armed.

The result? Absolutely. What we need to do before we perfectartificial intelligence is perfect artificial emotions. That way, we can teachthe robots or machines how to love us unconditionally, so that when they figure outthat the only real problem on this planet is us, instead of destroying us — which, by the way, is totally logical — they will find us adorable — (Laughter) like baby poop. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

“Oh my god, I just love the wayyou just destroyed the planet. I can’t stay mad at you, you’re so cute! You’re so cute!” (Laughter) Can’t talk about this withouttalking about robotics. OK? Remember when you thoughtrobotics were cool?

I remember when I thoughtrobotics were cool, until I figured out that they weregoing to take everybody’s place, from the delivery guydown to the heart surgeon. The one thing, though,that is very disappointing about robotics is the holy grail of robotics, and it hasn’t even happened. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

I’m talking about the robot girlfriend, the dream of one lonely geekin a windowless basement who vowed one day:”I am going to marry my creation.” And there actually is a movement underwayto stop this from happening, for fear of exploitation. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

And I, for one, am against that movement. I believe we shouldhave robot girlfriends. I just believe that they should comewith a feminist protocol and artificial intelligence, so she can take one look at that guyand go, “I am too good for you. I’m leaving.” How can music technology change lives in 2020.

I have to talk about bioengineering, an area of science that promisesto end disease before it even begins, to help us live longer,fuller, healthier lives. And when you couple thatwith implantable hardware, you are looking at the next incarnationof human evolution. And all of that sounds great, until you figure outwhere it’s really going. How can music technology change lives in 2020.

One place: designer babies, where, no matterwhere you are on the globe or what your ethnicity, babies will end up looking like that. (Laughter) That boy is surprised because he just found outboth his parents are black. (Laughter) Can you imagine himat a cocktail party in 20 years? “Yeah, both my parents are black. I mean, it’s a little awkward at times, but you should see my credit rating. Impressive, very impressive.” How can music technology change lives in 2020.

Now, all of this seems scary, and everybody in this roomknows that it isn’t. Technology isn’t scary. Never has been and it never will be. What’s scary is us and what we will do with technology. Will we allow it to expose our humanity, showing our true selves and reinforcing the factthat we are indeed our brother’s keeper? Or will we allow it to revealour deepest, darkest demons? The true question is notwhether or not technology is scary. The true question is: How human are you? Thank you.

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