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Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, Billie Eilish among 200 artists petitioning AI

Hundreds of musicians worldwide call for a ban on AI tools that undermine or replace human songwriters and their work.

Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, Billie Eilish among 200 artists petitioning AI

Clarence Ford speaks to Barbara Friedman about trending online stories. Skip to 5.17 for this one.

Friedman reports on ongoing artificial intelligence (AI) news. 

This time, musicians around the world have signed and published a new open letter, issued by the Artists Rights Alliance (ARA), calling for protection against predatory use of AI mimicking the likeness, voice and sound of artists.

The move is part of an industry-wide push for better regulation of generative AI, the technology behind chatbots like ChatGPT and image generators like Midjourney.

Signatories of the latest letter even include the estates of Bob Marley and Frank Sinatra. They further range from rock stars like REM and Jon Bon Jovi, to Smokey Robinson, Jess Glynne, Zayn Malik, Jon Batiste, Katy Perry and Sheryl Crow.

"This assault on human creativity must be stopped. We must protect against the predatory use of AI to steal professional artists' voices and likenesses, violate creators' rights, and destroy the music ecosystem," the letter says.

It further warns that AI will 'infringe upon our rights and devalue the rights of human artists' if it's used irresponsibly.

In light of this ongoing story, Friedman questions whether computer scientists will make hit music in the future?

"Where is the soul? Music is human with all its flaws, nuance and soul. Where do we go from here?"
Barbara Friedman, Barb's Wire - CapeTalk

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