June 10, 2023

Gideon: OK. 

Lauren: It is time for a pop quiz. 

Gideon: Oh no.

Lauren: So you’re the editor in chief right here at WIRED, and you have been speaking lots about AI, so I needed to see how good you might be at telling common human-made music aside from AI-generated music. 

Gideon: I imply, I can barely inform music by one human aside from one other generally. So, uh, you realize, you may be disenchanted, however I’ll do my greatest. 

Lauren: OK, this is the primary observe.

[Clip of AI Rihanna singing “Cuff It”]

Lauren: Let’s hear the second. 

[Clip of Beyoncé singing “Cuff It”]

Lauren:  First, I am curious if you realize who the artist is.

Gideon: I do not know. None in any respect. 

Lauren: Gideon! Not a card-carrying member of the beehive, are you?

Gideon: I’m so not. 

Lauren: That was Beyoncé. 

Gideon: OK. 

Lauren: However which one was really Beyoncé? 

Gideon: So was a type of positively AI and the opposite one was actually Beyoncé?

Lauren: Sure. 

Gideon: Uh, wow. Um, I am gonna say the primary one was AI, simply because I favored the second higher. 

[Correct Answer bell rings

Lauren: That’s right. 

Gideon: OK. All proper. So style really performs an element right here. 

Lauren: You get to maintain your job because the editor in chief of WIRED. 

Gideon: Thank God, I used to be so frightened. 

Lauren: What about the second did you want extra?

Gideon: Right here, I am gonna have to make use of like music-y phrases that I do not know the which means of, however I simply felt prefer it was, I do not know, the sounds had been extra balanced one way or the other. Extra harmonic, extra … I am making crap up right here. Uh, I similar to the sounds higher. They felt extra like a thought had gone into that track.

Lauren: Yep. Truthful sufficient. Let’s transfer on to the second pair, which I believe goes to be a little bit bit more difficult. All proper, this is the primary observe.

[Clip of “Controlla” by Drake]

Lauren: OK, this is the second.

[Clip of AI Arianna Grande singing “Controlla”]

Gideon: I am gonna say that the feminine voice is the AI-generated one, simply because it sounded a little bit extra Auto-Tuned to me. However actually, in case you’d performed each of these songs someplace and I did not know that one among them needed to be AI generated, I might’ve simply stated they had been each human. 

[Correct Answer bell rings]

Lauren: You might be right. The feminine voice is AI-generated. The primary one was actual. That was really Drake. 

Gideon: OK. So I could also be fully ineffective at music, however not less than I can inform an AI from a human after they’re singing. That is one thing. 

Lauren: Sure. 

Gideon: That is what the editor of WIRED ought to have the ability to do. Proper?

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