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Will A.I. Take Over Music?

Hip hop engineer and producer Young Guru expressed his concerns over the effect of artificial intelligence on music after a fake Kendrick Lamar song had spread online

Hit producer, audio engineer, and notable JAY-Z collaborator Young Guru recently shared his thoughts regarding the effects A.I.-voice technology will likely have on music and the world as a whole should it be left unchecked. In an Instagram post from Saturday (Feb. 25th), Guru shared a video of a man creating a song from scratch that utilized a Kendrick Lamar voice filter, with the track sounding almost identical to what an actual K-Dot song would sound like.

In the caption, Guru explains his concerns with this kind of technology, recalling how much it has advanced since his time in college. "I remember being at MIT and students showing me a project where they were actively feeding a computer ‘All’ the jazz records that ever existed. So that AI could analyze and create music in any style of any musician", he stated. He then claims that this technology combined with the potential for A.I. chatbots like ChatGPT make for some dangerous uses by those looking to abuse the capabilities of such advancements.


Guru also mentions the lack of policy that currently surrounds A.I. technology being a problem.


"You can copyright a song, or a speech but not the voice itself!!! You can literally create a song or an album in the voice of your favorite musician. And this is just music. The ability to create a Manchurian Candidate scares me. Think about that in every industry."


Guru ends his caption with a call to action for laws to be passed in order to safeguard the ownership and privacy of everyone.


"The law has to change to protect everyone not just Public Figures. And the super scary part is that we are just getting started, we feed the beast constantly everyday with more and more content to be studied."

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