These AI-generated movies of BTS singing Rihanna and The Weeknd songs are, sadly, fairly good

  • I actually needed to hate the AI-generated variations of the BTS’ members voices.
  • Then I heard AI Jungkook sing “Blinding Lights.”
  • And it was actually, actually good.

Two weeks in the past, I heard BTS member Jungkook overlaying “Blinding Lights,” one in every of my favourite songs from The Weeknd.

I questioned when he’d recorded and launched the duvet. Then I spotted it wasn’t Jungkook.

It was AI Jungkook.

I needed to hate it. It wasn’t Jungkook, it was an uncanny-valley AI voice. On the one hand, it is wildly regarding — contemplating the privateness issues, want for consent, and rampant copyright points surrounding the usage of AI-generated voices. 

However it additionally sounded nice.

Then YouTube’s algorithm did its factor, and subsequent factor I knew, I used to be listening to AI Jungkook, V, Jimin sing The Weeknd’s “Starboy.”

After which the Rihanna covers began kicking off. The voices on the monitor had been shut sufficient to the true deal to sway me — a self-professed ARMY who’s been listening to BTS for the reason that 2015 launch of “The Most Stunning Second in Life, Pt. 1.”

The covers aren’t good. At instances, the AI voices are off-beat and glitch out.

On this AI cowl of Charlie Puth’s “Consideration,” for instance, AI Jimin will get tripped up on the road “I do know that costume is karma” — a comforting reminder that AI instruments are nonetheless removed from good.

So far as I am involved, AI BTS won’t ever substitute the true band. A workforce of human beings — not machines — made banger hits like “Spring Day” and “Save Me.” In the event you’ve been to a BTS live performance and witnessed the electrical energy within the air — a machine cannot replicate that. Music is a deeply human expertise. And actual voices matter.

However for now, excuse me whereas I loop AI Jungkook’s “Starboy” once more. It is too good to surrender.