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Nick Cave rails against ChatGPT: "This song sucks"


Fans have had the chatbot ChatGPT write songs in the style of Nick Cave - and sent the results to the artist. He's not enthusiastic.

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Nick Cave is no fan of shallow entertainment.

In his songs he descends deep into the human soul, describes emotions, experiences, pain, contradictions.

Some fans of the Australian artist have tried to turn this into a recipe for the artificial intelligence (AI) ChatGPT to write cave-style songs.

A number of the results of these efforts have been sent to him, the musician now writes in his newsletter The Red Hand Files.

Apparently they didn't arouse enthusiasm in him.

ChatGPT and the underlying language model GPT-3 have been causing a sensation for months: Millions of people use OpenAI technology, which was previously free, to create texts, do homework or invent new recipes.

Microsoft reportedly wants to invest billions in the technology and has just announced that it wants to integrate it into its cloud services.

The search engine Bing and the office software Office could also be upgraded with AI.

"Always forward, always faster"

In his newsletter, Nick Cave is anything but enthusiastic about these developments, writing that he does not feel the same enthusiasm as the fans who send him their AI song lyrics.

He is aware that ChatGPT is still in its infancy and that it may stay that way forever.

Artificial intelligence must "keep going further, always forward, always faster." The 65-year-old sees it as the way to "a utopian future or our total destruction." Who knows?

He quotes the full lyrics of a ChatGPT song sent to him by a fan known only as Mark from Christchurch, New Zealand, which actually shows similarities to Cave lyrics.

The chorus goes something like this:

I am the sinner I am the saint

I am the darkness I am the light

I am the hunter I am the prey

I am the devil I am the savior

No thank you

"This song sucks," Cave judges gruffly.

ChatGPT may be able to generate lyrics of certain genres, but this song is just "a reproduction".

That will remain so when the system learns in the future to write songs "that are indistinguishable from an original".

He goes on to explain that songs arise out of suffering, out of "man's complex inner struggle for creation".

But algorithms don't have feelings, »data doesn't suffer«.

The tragic role of ChatGPT is therefore that it can only ever imitate, never have its own human experiences.

Cave himself had to cope with the death of his son last year.

While it may sound like he's "taking it a little too personally," he's just a dedicated songwriter, and writing songs is a bloody business that requires humanity.

In this respect he thanks him for the song that Fan Mark sent him, but it's still "nonsense".


Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2023-01-18

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