Cope built his latest program, called "Emily Howell," by feeding his computer large quantities of existing works from the Western classical canon. Chris Wilson admits the pieces that are being produced now are "shockingly good for a computer-assisted composition." So is this the way of the future? Wilson is hesitant to make a solid prediction, but he's not dismissing the possibility:
The fact that they sound like original, creative pieces is a testament to the database model of composing. Still, I suspect most people will find Cope's theory of composing inherently distasteful. We prefer to think of art as an art, not a science ... I don't expect Emily Howell to ever replace the best human composers ... Yet even at this early moment in AC research, Emily Howell is already a better composer than 99 percent of the population. Whether she or any other computer can bridge that last 1 percent, making complete works with lasting significance to music, is anyone's guess.