The #1 thing that caught me about this was that the bot/rapper was using the N word within its rhymes. From where I’m sat, that’s a grievous wrong turn and I’m fully expecting that to blow up as a story in coming days. It deserves to, frankly.
But is this the future? I suspect like most things in the Web3 and metaverse spaces, the truth is that this is a rough draft in the grand scheme; a first step that will only improve over time.
Even then though, is this a future anyone wants? Perhaps therein lies the real issue here. Art, many would argue, should not be something a computer can “just” churn out given the right data set.
Ultimately, everything finds a market. I think people of a certain age - for whom this is all new - inevitably see this as a threat; the old “that’s just noise” equivalent, if you like. But for kids, this is not that odd, and over time, it will be more and more of a part of our landscape.
Perhaps the real question is the degree to which this can scale. It’s possible it becomes a norm to some. Equally it could just be a novelty that passes. What I suspect it will not do is threaten art made by real people. It might chew into market shares, but I don’t see this as an existential threat.
Between now and then though, there’s problems to solve - and for me, a virtual rapper dropping lines like “I don’t see n****s like we playing hockey” should be top of the list…
Have a great evening,
🎶 written whilst listening to the self-titled album from Belief, the collaboration between Boom Bip and Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint released via MU’s client Lex. An amazing album well worth your time, and it has to be said, the vinyl version is superb. Heavy vinyl, great reflective cover… well worth owning in that format.