An independent engineer from the United States turned an old chess device into a jazz player. The similarity between the two areas helped him.

Engineer Leo Neumann transformed an old 1970s chess game into a jazz player for two. He noted the similarity of chess markings with chords. He created a melody generator where the user first plays his own note, after which the device or the user himself suggests a continuation.

The researcher explained that the user and the computer take turns inputting jazz chords, ultimately making up the melody. The device supports the simple Pi Zero model and an audio amplifier in the speakers. The turntable now has a large display, and the researcher also printed half of the case.

“I recently spoke with a friend about how you can turn old objects into musical instruments. So I realized that a chess computer could be turned into a jazz generator because there are striking similarities between the two. For example, a pawn moves from the square E6 to E7. In jazz, this would mean that the E major chord is progressing. This allowed me to reuse the keyboard with only minor changes.”

Earlier, researchers from Facebook AI Research presented AI that can solve complex mathematical problems. First, he was taught to perceive formulas and a short notation, and after that, he was taught to calculate on an array of 100 million equations.

They explained that neural networks are widespread in recognizing patterns, faces, objects, chess, or go. However, in this case, scientists set themselves a different goal – they wanted to teach AI to perform tasks associated with symbolic logic – an area where conclusions are drawn after calculations within a strict symbolic language. Similar AIs can only quickly add, divide, or multiply large integers so far.