Singularity Songs – AI Composes For Randy Travis But Who’s Conducting Misinformation?

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For all of those who said that AI could never be as creative as humans…

The tale of country star, Randy Travis, isn’t just a comeback story.
It’s a perfect case study that validates AI’s potential to restore what was lost to fate (and be creative in the process).
After a stroke robbed Travis of his voice, artificial intelligence stepped in not just to assist, but to bring a legend’s voice back to the microphone.
The song, ‘What That Came From’, was released this week.
Travis’ silenced voice now sings again, and you can’t hear the AI behind it.
But this isn’t just about one person’s victory over silence.
It’s a snapshot of the broader symphony – and cacophony – of AI’s creative impact in our lives.

The harmony of restoration.

Randy Travis’ use of AI is nothing short of miraculous for those who appreciate the power of a good comeback.
By analyzing vocal stems from his past performances, AI recreated his singing voice, allowing him to produce new music despite his medical condition.
This is AI at its empathetic best – offering not just technological innovation but a touch of human sensitivity.
It’s a feel-good headline (and a beautiful song) that sings the praises of AI (literally).

Still there are dissonant echoes in the garden of AI… enter the world of deepfakes.

Also this week, the Met Gala – an event for glitz and glamour – was shadowed by AI-generated images of celebrities in outfits they never wore, at an event some never attended.
These digital masquerades, while technologically impressive, churn the waters of misinformation, proving that when AI is used by those trying to create chaos, it can really stir the pot.

Creativity or chaos?

The creative industries are dabbling more and more with AI, pushing boundaries between reality and artifice.
From the music video for Washed Out‘s ‘The Hardest Part’ (newly released and crafted using OpenAI’s text-to-video platform, Sora), to the viral but entirely fictitious recipes storming social media, AI is redefining creativity.

But with great power comes great responsibility — and considerable debate.

Over 200 artists have called for regulations on AI in music, highlighting a growing discomfort with the blurred lines between human artistry and its algorithmic alter ego.
In response to the Pandora’s Box of potential problems unleashed by AI, organizations like OpenAI are not just creating but also policing the space.
Their new deepfake detector tool (also released this week) is a step toward keeping AI honest, or at least trying to.
Alongside Google and Meta, OpenAI is part of the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity, striving to create a “nutrition label” for content that clarifies origins and alterations – trying to put the genie back in the bottle, or at least tag it for future reference.

Let me stand next to your fire.

AI is like fire – a tool that has illuminated our world and razed it to ash.
Randy Travis’s story reminds us of the warmth it can bring, healing through harmony.
Still… it’s fire.
We must watch it closely, mindful of the potential to burn through the very fabric of truth.

As we move forward, let’s enjoy the creativity but remain vigilant about the conductor.

This is what Elias Makos and I discussed on CJAD 800 AM. Listen in right here.

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2 comments

  1. The analogy of artificial intelligence as fire, is extraordinarily appropriate. So I definitely agree that we must be mindful of and careful with this new transformative technology as it emerges onto the global scene. Being a developer, I hope that we are free to build with AI. But also as a citizen, I hope that humans remain at least equals with such changes.

    Ultimately though it is up to the individual to create their own destiny. That’s important to remember too.

    1. If humanity had the attitude of “how do we make this for us?” vs. “is this going to replace us?” is the actual intellectual leap that we have to make. If something like this can replace us… what does it say about humanity, our educational systems, etc.?

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