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Will We Follow an AI Pop Star?

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

There is no question that popular music today is created largely by artificial intelligence (AI). However, there are a number of reasons why it is still important for popular music artists to be human.



First, the music created by AI is often not as emotionally engaging as music created by human artists. The sensory experiences that go into creating popular music are often beyond the linguistic descriptions that can be catalogued by AI. For example, the Beatles’ music represented the process of creating music, not just the melody or lyrics. Likewise, Lady Gaga’s documentary, “A Mother’s Story,” brings the audience into her life and her process of creating music.


Secondly, human beings are the originators of creative thought. This is evidenced by the fact that no amount of AI can live a life authentically. For example, the AI in the movie “Ex Machina” could not create music on its own. In fact, it was only able to create music after being taught by a human composer.


Thirdly, audiences become emotionally connected to the lives of popular music artists and their process of creating art. This is evidenced by the popularity of documentaries like “A Mother’s Story.” These documentaries allow audiences to get close to the artist and see their process of creating art up close.


Fourthly, human beings are curious and imaginative. This is evident by the way that audiences are drawn to the lives of popular music artists and their process of creating art. For example, the Beatles’ music was based on the imagination of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Likewise, Lady Gaga’s music is often based on her own imagination and the experiences of her life.


Fifthly, it is difficult for an AI-created artist to be totally honest with their own art. This is because AI is not capable of feeling emotions like humans do. For example, the AI in “Ex Machina” was only able to feel terror and happiness. It was not capable of feeling any other emotions. As a result, the AI’s art was often bland and unoriginal.


In conclusion, it is still important for popular music artists to be human. This is because the music created by human artists is more emotionally engaging, imaginatively compelling, and authentic.

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