Sting believes that humanity is going to be caught up in "a battle we all have to fight" against artificial intelligence

The Police's Sting
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As the world becomes more and more entranced by the endless creative possibilities of artificial intelligence, its potential threats to us as a species, be it professionally, artistically or otherwise, is more frequently being called into question.

Earlier this year, a band produced their own Oasis album with the help of AI, titled Aisis, in an attempt to imagine what the Gallagher brothers might sound like if they were to reform in 2023. Crafting the music themselves, the musicians turned to artificial intelligence for the vocals, generated in the style of Liam Gallagher. The results were seriously impressive -- if not somewhat worrying, considering how such technology could so easily replicate the sound of a real human being.

On top of mimicking voices - such as in this AI-generated Freddie Mercury cover of The Beatles' Yesterday - AI also has the power to write its own songs, such as lyrics. Back in January for example, Nick Cave was sent an AI track written in his own style, and declared that the ChatGPT song was "a grotesque mockery of what it is to be human".

The latest musician to show disdain towards technologically created songs is Sting, who predicts that in the future, there will one day be a "battle" between humans and AI over songwriting. 

While in recent conversation with the BBC, the former Police frontman shared his thoughts as to why AI-led songs will never be able to truly replace music created by humans.

He explains, "The building blocks of music belong to us, to human beings. That’s going to be a battle we all have to fight in the next couple of years: Defending our human capital against AI.”

Noting how AI-generated music “doesn’t impress me at all,” Sting compares the consummation of it to “the way I watch a movie with CGI”.

He adds: “I get immediately bored when I see a computer-generated image. I imagine I will feel the same way about AI making music… Maybe for electronic dance music, it works. But for songs, you know, expressing emotions, I don’t think I will be moved by it.”

Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music.