With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) throughout the past year, artists and critics everywhere have been concerned about its impact on art, the creative process and the authenticity and ethics of the work created through these AI programs.
In between discussing the Bud Light boycott, Travis Tritt, performing at festivals and even aliens on The Joe Rogan Experience, Zach Bryan expressed his concerns about AI in the music industry, specifically how it scares him, “People fu*king every day, man, 20 people send me a song by an AI bot that I wrote. And it’s almost insulting because I see the songs, and it’s crazy to see the lyrics that these AI bots come up with. I’m like, ‘Man, I gotta write fu*king better songs.’ And it scares the sh*t out of me.”
Rogan agreed and said, “It’s not going to be able to replicate what your lived, felt experiences can convey in a creative way.”
Bryan then noted how he doesn’t believe that AI programs and bots can ever replicate his or any other writers’ experiences given the human nature of creation, “I think people are smarter than people think, and I think that will always reign supreme.”
Later, the pair discussed the fully AI-generated Drake and The Weeknd song, On My Sleeve, that went viral. Rogan said, “It’s [AI] going to make some hits, and that’s not against Drake. Drake can still make hits too, but AI can make Drake hits. And that’s what’s crazy.”
This is just one of the thousands of conversations going on regarding the ethics, use and future of AI in the coming years both creatively and practically.
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