I wrote two articles over the weekend researching the impact of AI on the music industry as one of the art domains being affected by AI. You can read both of these blogs here:
The first article focuses on Google’s recent MusicLM announcement and the risks without increasing copyright law.
The second article continues this discussion but expands it with other examples.
The more I dug into this area, the more I realized how much of a threat it is to our arts community and to all the musicians who bring so much joy to our lives.
However, there is trouble and it is growing.
Why pursue a career in music and spend years mastering a craft when an AI model will eventually be able to consistently produce an award-winning masterpiece?
It is only a matter of time.
Yes, I appreciate that the AI model’s creativity isn’t close to reality as Meta Chief Data Scientist, Yann Likon, told me last week that “AI isn’t as smart as CAT.” And his weakness is definitely planning ahead with full sensory capabilities.
So how do we begin to get this right?
Why not bring together leading musical AI ethics and leading AI copyright lawyers and have an open dialogue? Motivate them with the challenge of drafting legislation and working collaboratively? Give them just five days to draft all the reservations and get USA President Joe Biden to support the campaign with major players in the music industry such as: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group. Give because they dominate the music industry. Note: These three companies are the largest record companies in the world, and they accounted for 32.1%, 20.6%, and 15.9% of global streaming and physical music sales in 2022, respectively (source: Zippia). Maybe my alma mater at Accenture can be inspired by this post and give relief to the industry or my dear specialized global AI friends at EY and Deloitte we really should get this right.
We don’t need to research this issue – we need to continue the thoughtful discussion with new legislation. I’m sure it’s on the rise somewhere in different states, but with announcements like ChatGPT3 and now Google’s MusicML, not yet released, due to copyright laws, it’s definitely out of Pandora’s box and leadership is essential. .
The reality is that AI is not going away, so can’t we identify the best solutions that we need to architect to move the industry in a direction where the north and the south actually agree on new legislation? Be compatible.
I need to do more research in this area and if you have any ideas please send me a message on my linkedin channel @drcindygordon