Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way since its inception and is now capable of performing tasks that were once considered the exclusive domain of humans. One of the areas where AI has made significant strides is in the field of music creation. With the help of AI, it is now possible to create music that is so realistic that it is virtually indistinguishable from music created by human musicians.
While the ability of AI to create music has many positive implications, there is also a dark side to this technology. One of the biggest concerns is the potential for AI to be used to create fake music. In recent years, there have been several instances where AI has been used to create music that is passed off as the work of a human musician.
For instance, Music Business Worldwide Reports "Over the past few days, three Universal Music Group-affiliated megastars – Drake, The Weeknd, and Rihanna – have seen their vocals replicated by AI tools, and then ‘performed’ within viral music productions."
An AI cover version of Ice Spice’s risqué 2022 hit Munch (Feelin’ U), on which the vocals are ‘performed’ by an AI version of Drake’s voice. Drake has commented on Instagram about how frustrated and upset he is about this, calling it "the final straw".
So, what can be done to address the issue of fake music? One approach is to implement measures that make it easier to detect AI-generated music. For instance, it may be possible to develop software that can differentiate between music created by humans and that generated by AI. Another approach is to educate people about the dangers of using AI to create fake music and the potential legal consequences that come with it.