Bizarre: AI makes Kanye West sing songs he never sang

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Bizarre: AI makes Kanye West sing songs he never sang

It is currently going completely viral on Instagram; Metav3rse’s post featuring songs from well-known artists such as Justin Bieber, Dr. Dre and Frank Ocean. Only you don’t hear their voices, but Kanye West’s. However, Ye has not sung a note of those songs: it is made entirely with artificial intelligence. Creepy good artificial intelligence.

Kanye West does Justin Bieber

A producer has been able to completely change the voice of one singer into the voice of another by using artificial intelligence. It’s tech expert Roberto Nickson who finds a beat on YouTube that sounds like something Kanye did, writes eight bars, records them, and then has his own voice replaced with Kanye West’s. Or at least, the robot Kanye’s, because the real one doesn’t come into play here in any way. It’s stunningly realistic, although someone who knows Kanye’s accent and voice well will certainly hear that it’s not entirely authentic. How Nickson learned it? From a YouTube Tutorial.

What helps is that Nickson himself also sang it in a way that Kanye would. For example, you cannot make Kanye sing opera very realistically with AI: the technology is not that far. Still, in the examples of Bieber, Ocean and Dre it became clear that parts of it sound very realistic. As if Ye himself has sung it in the studio with great dedication. A strange sensation that immediately leads to ethical dilemmas. What about copyright? Can Bieber or West sue because something they are entitled to is now being used (some might say misused) by someone else?

Deepfake it till you make it

And what about further abuse? Just think of those realistic films of President Trump or Obama that have been made, in which the men say things they would normally never say (and not only in audio but also in video). Deepfake it till you make it, will that soon be the way we deal with music? And if we can imitate voices so realistically, will that also be problematic for phishing, for example? If your parents now receive an app or text message from you asking for money, you can still impress upon them that you would really call them if you were to ask for money at all. But what if your voice can be imitated so well that your parents actually think you called them too?

This type of scam seems to be happening already. The US Federal Trade Commission even released one warning ahead. People get the voice of a grandchild or child from, say, just a small part of a TikTok video and they can completely mimic your voice. Now it may be a bit more difficult in Dutch than in English in some cases, but this is certainly something you should take into account. Also at work: try to see someone in real life if a strange request is made.

Artificial intelligence

With the arrival of more artificial intelligence, one thing becomes clear: as much fun as it is to play with, those same handy, fun tools are also used to do the opposite. Modern laws and regulations regarding artificial intelligence have been delayed for a while, but decisions must certainly be made more quickly, given the rapid innovations that follow and follow each other when it comes to artificial intelligence. Can’t we play with it anymore? Certainly, such a post about Kanye West ‘singing’ other songs goes viral for a reason: it’s nice to be amazed and entertained by this technology. Just always think about what the downside could be, so that you are always prepared. Because, it’s not for nothing that Kanye West sings — in real life –: ‘I don’t want no Robocop’. We’re curious to see how he finds his AI self, belting out the beats of Biebs.

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