John Rich Slams Country Music Stars Of Today – Suggests A.I. Could Do Better

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The country music star John Rich has just made it clear that he is not a fan of the direction that the industry has gone as he talked about the possible impact that artificial technology will have on it.

Rich Discusses AI

“Could AI do any worse than some of the country singers that are out there right now?” Rich told Fox News. “I’m not sure that’s even possible.”

Rich went on to say that he is not worried about AI ever replacing the legends of the country music world.

“Listen, you can’t replicate the great songwriters. You just can’t,” he said. “I mean, you’re talking about Albert Einstein honky-tonk songwriters.”

“I’d like to see AI write ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’” he added, referring to the 1980 song by the late great George Jones. “It ain’t gonna happen. Now, they might be able to take some redundant-sounding song and turn it into another redundant-sounding song, but that’s the state of country music as it is today anyways.”

“I don’t see it as a huge threat,” Rich concluded. “I think if you want to make sure that your songs stick out, why don’t you write ‘em and sing ’em like nobody else can, including AI.”

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ABBA Star Talks AI

This comes after the ABBA legend Björn Ulvaeus warned about the future of AI in music.

“In the beginning, I think it [AI] will be a tool,” he recently told Rolling Stone. “I can sort of think of ways of using an AI, like if I was going to write a tango for a musical, I could conceivably train an AI on the 100 best tangos in the world as a starter and then ask the AI to write a tango, having trained from that set.”

“And it could well come up with something that’s not bad and you could tweak it yourself, so that the AI has given you the initial idea,” he continued. “That’s entirely OK and a bit like using our brains, really.”

However, Ulvaeus was quick to warn about where AI could go from there.

“That’s the first ten years of it and there will come a time when the AI itself can write conceivably original stuff and stuff that people won’t know if it’s come from an AI. That is going to happen,” he explained. “The most important thing right now with democracy at stake and other things is that we need to learn between AIs and humans so that whoever sends a message, there should be a little box somewhere to differentiate between the two. If that could be achieved, it would be a big help.”

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‘Godfather Of AI’ Issues Warning

This also comes weeks after Geoffrey Hinton, who has been called the “Godfather of AI,” left his role at Google so that he could warn the world of the “dangers” of the very technology that he helped to design.

“I console myself with the normal excuse: If I hadn’t done it, somebody else would have,” Hinton told the New York Times.

“AI is a fantastic technology – it’s causing great advances in medicine, in the development of new materials, in forecasting earthquakes or floods… [but we] need a lot of work to understand how to contain AI,” he later added, according to Fox Business. “There’s no use waiting for the AI to outsmart us; we must control it as it develops. We also have to understand how to contain it, how to avoid its negative consequences.”

When it comes to AI, we are truly in unchartered waters. Rich may not be worried about it taking over country music, but in the end, we would all do well to be very wary about AI and the impact that it will have on the world.

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