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Nick Cave calls ChatGPT “grotesque mockery”


Nick Cave, a famous singer-songwriter, considers ChatGPT, a viral chatbot, annoying – so much that he found the time to ruthlessly call out this artificial intelligence-based feature as a “grotesque mockery of what it is to be human.”

Writing in his newsletter, the Red Hand Files, Cave responded to a fan in New Zealand called Mark, who had sent him a song written by ChatGPT. The bot can be told to impersonate the style of specific genres or individuals, and Mark asked it to create a song “in the style of Nick Cave.”

Quite obviously, the song created by ChatGPT is filled with dark biblical imagery and includes the chorus: “I am the sinner, I am the saint / I am the darkness, I am the light / I am the hunter, I am the prey / I am the devil, I am the savior.”

Sounds a lot like Cave, right? The famous Australian is not having it and, in a post in his newsletter, said: “This song sucks.” Cave also said “dozens” of fans, “buzzing with a kind of algorithmic awe,” had already sent him songs produced by ChatGPT.

“Suffice to say, I do not feel the same enthusiasm around this technology. I understand that ChatGPT is in its infancy but perhaps that is the emerging horror of AI – that it will forever be in its infancy, as it will always have further to go, and the direction is always forward, always faster. It can never be rolled back, or slowed down, as it moves us toward a utopian future, maybe, or our total destruction,” Cave wrote.

“Who can possibly say which? Judging by this song ‘in the style of Nick Cave’ though, it doesn’t look good, Mark. The apocalypse is well on its way. This song sucks.”

Continuing his personal takedown of the popular chatbot, Cave called ChatGPT an exercise in “replication as travesty” and wrote that the program cannot really create a genuine song – even if sometime in the future it’s able to produce a piece indistinguishable from an original, it will still always be a replication, “a kind of burlesque.”

“Songs arise out of suffering, by which I mean they are predicated upon the complex, internal human struggle of creation and, well, as far as I know, algorithms don’t feel. Data doesn’t suffer. ChatGPT has no inner being, it has been nowhere, it has endured nothing, it has not had the audacity to reach beyond its limitations,” Cave said.

He repeated that the bot can never have an “authentic human experience, no matter how devalued and inconsequential the human experience may in time become.”

“Mark, thanks for the song, but with all the love and respect in the world, this song is bullshit, a grotesque mockery of what it is to be human, and, well, I don’t much like it — although, hang on!, rereading it, there is a line in there that speaks to me — ‘I’ve got the fire of hell in my eyes’ — says the song ‘in the style of Nick Cave’, and that’s kind of true. I have got the fire of hell in my eyes – and it’s ChatGPT,” Cave concludes.

ChatGPT has been causing excitement but also concern worldwide – especially in the realm of education. Academics and teachers fear that the chatbot could be used for cheating very effectively since it is able to evade plagiarism detection tools.

On Tuesday, a lecturer at Deakin University in Australia said he had detected the use of bots in almost one-fifth of assessments, sparking concerns that the use of artificial technology to cheat in exams is widespread.

However, a Princeton University student named Edward Tian recently went viral on Twitter after announcing he had created a tool called GPTZero, which checks if a bot or a human wrote a text.

ChatGPT might advise threat actors how to hack into networks with ease. Cybernews research team recently discovered that the chatbot could provide hackers with step-by-step instructions on how to hack websites.


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