Peter Gabriel feels that the growing prominence of artificial intelligence means that nobody’s job is safe in the music industry.
The former Genesis lead singer made these comments when discussing his own tech company Reverberation.
The singer spoke about how it was important to acknowledge the growing potential of AI technology.
“I’m probably just as scared [of AI] as everybody else, but I like to jump in the river rather than talk about it. … I do think about it quite a lot, and I think not enough people are thinking about it”, Gabriel told Yahoo News.
“And it would be great to get ahead [of it]. You know, this is something that’s going have way more impact than the Industrial Revolution and the nuclear bomb”, he continued. “So, if we don’t start anticipating what it might do, it’s going to be too late, because it’s very fast”.
“grab the algorithms and dance with them”
When it was later put to Gabriel about the ability of Artificial Intelligence to generate the same level of emotion into these songs as the artists would, he had this response.
“Most people argue no; I would say they just need better algorithms”, the singer said.
Adding that there would be algorithms for human spirit one day, Gabriel also added this.
“So, we might as well just grab the algorithms and dance with them, rather than fight them. Unfortunately, I don’t think my job or anyone’s job is safe from AI”, he insisted.
“The way to look at it, though, is this amazing toolkit is just coming into our possession and we could do all sorts of extraordinary things, including perhaps – and I do say ‘perhaps’ – protecting our future”.
Earlier this month, Peter Gabriel also released his latest single ‘Playing For Time’, having previously released ‘Panopticom’, with both songs featuring on his upcoming album ‘i/o’.
More on this from Nova here.