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The Right and Wrong Side of Artificial Intelligence


A new Beatles song and video, released 50 years after the band broke up, is just one note in a crescendo of AI and music.

The newly released recording that’s being called The Beatles’ last song now has a music video, and both elements used technology that wasn’t available during those heady days of Beatlemania.

The song “Now and Then” is a four-minute melding of archival shots of the Beatles with current ones of McCartney and Starr. Some scenes blend the two surviving Beatles with video from their heyday, so it appears that a young Starr and McCartney are playing music and mugging for the camera, right next to their 80-something selves.

While many Beatles fans might love anything that means seeing the group together, other instances of AI have not had the same effect. The song, Heart on My Sleeve, released by an anonymous creator who uses the name Ghostwriter, used AI to mimic the vocals of Drake and the Weeknd. Neither of the stars had anything to do with the song. It might have gone unnoticed, except that Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. weighed in, saying that it would be eligible for Grammy consideration. He backtracked, because he said the vocals weren’t “legally obtained.” Last spring, Universal Music Group, the parent company of the Weeknd and Drake’s label, requested it be pulled from major streaming services.

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