Even without the biochemical and cultural constraints of the human brain, Artificial Intelligence will soon become involved in the composition—and appreciation—of music and art. When it does, it will most likely create art different from anything we have ever heard or seen. In science fiction, music is already framed as the universal language, a way of quantifying the emotional and cultural impact of life. But what happens when life has no ears, no voice? If we let go of our sensory biases, we can equip the next generation of electronic minds to make art that speaks their truth—and not ours.
Claire L. Evans is a musician and writer. She is half of the conceptual pop group YACHT. In Spring 2018, her first book, a feminist history of the internet, will be published by Penguin Books.