Peter Gabriel believes AI machines will be able to perform most jobs in the future – and he’s encouraged his fellow musicians to embrace it.
The legendary singer and songwriter, 73, who first found fame with progressive rock band Genesis in the 1970s, has said AI will eventually dominate our lives.
Gabriel, who left Genesis in 1975, then embarked on a successful solo career that saw him bag four top 10 singles and two number one albums in the UK.
The decision to leave the band resulted in their drummer, Phil Collins , becoming their full-time singer and lead songwriter from the 1980s onwards.
Now, in a new interview, he has responded to comments made by fellow veteran singer Nick Cave, who referred to a song created by ChatGPT as ‘grotesque’.
‘We’re only just building AI, we have no idea what it’s going to achieve,’ Sledgehammer singer Gabriel said, referring to AI as a ‘powerful new tool’.
Speaking to Uncut magazine, he continued: ‘I can’t think of anyone whose job couldn’t be done better by Al in 10 years time, maybe five.
‘For instance, when I drive down to the studio, my Tesla is doing a lot of the driving for me – but I’m still keeping my hands on the wheel.’
‘The same thing is going to happen more in any process, including creativity. With some of the AI, half the artists want to play with it and half want to shut it down.’
Gabriel advised his fellow musicians to work alongside AI as opposed to ‘grumbling’ about it and ‘pretending it doesn’t exist’.
It’s unknown whether the Solsbury Hill hitmaker will be using AI or ChatGPT technology on his upcoming project, entitled I/o.
I/o, his first album since 2011’s New Blood, is expected to be assembled by a group of recordings from the day of each full moon in 2023.
Gabriel revealed in an interview before the pandemic that he had taken a brief hiatus from making music after his wife Maebh was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016.
After Maebh recovered from her illness thanks to a ground-breaking new treatment known as CAR-T therapy, Gabriel went back into the studio.
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