On Thursday, The British singer, Sting, predicted that a “battle” awaits artists in the music industry as they strive to protect their work from the emerging presence of artificial intelligence.
In an interview with the BBC, the 71-year-old former singer of The Police asserted that the fundamental elements of music are part of human nature, and that defending our human abilities against AI will be a battle in the years to come.
Artificial intelligence is being used to recreate music from famous musicians. The technology has enabled the creation of fake tracks by artists such as Eminem, Drake, The Weeknd, and Oasis, all through machine learning algorithms.
According to Sting, tools are indeed useful. However, he strongly believed in keeping humans in control, asserting that machines ought not to have the final say. Taking caution to ensure humanity retains the reins is paramount in our relationship with our inventions.
Just before receiving top honors at the Ivor Academy music awards, the artist remarked that while AI might work in electronic music, it’s unlikely to impact songs that convey genuine emotion and feeling.