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Nick Cave expands on his ChatGPT opinion: "ChatGPT should just f*ck off and leave songwriting alone"

28 March 2023, 10:02 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Nick Cave has expanded on his January thoughts about ChatGPT attempting to write lyrics in his style, revealing that he thinks "ChatGPT should just fuck off and leave songwriting alone."

Back in January Cave responded to a fan on his Q+A site The Red Hand Files who shared some lyrics generated in his style by the AI computer program ChatGPT. Cave said the song "sucks" and the "apocalypse is well on its way", and in a recent interview with The New Yorker, Cave was asked if he has concerns about AI and whether ChatGPT's "inability" to write good lyrics could make us value creative art more.

Cave said: "My objection is not with A.I. in general. For better or for worse, we are inextricably immersed in A.I. It is more a kind of sad, disappointed feeling that there are smart people out there that actually think the artistic act is so mundane that it can be replicated by a machine. I find that insulting. There’s no earthly reason why we need to invent a technology that can mimic this most beautiful and mysterious creative act. Particularly writing a song. The thing about writing a good song is that it tells you something about yourself you didn’t already know. That’s the thing. You can’t mimic that. The good song is always rushing forward. It annihilates, to some degree, the songs that you’d previously written, because you are moving forward all the time.

"That’s what the creative impulse is - it’s both creative and destructive and is always one step ahead of you. These impulses can’t be replicated by a machine. Maybe A.I. can make a song that’s indistinguishable from what I can do. Maybe even a better song. But, to me, that doesn’t matter - that’s not what art is. Art has to do with our limitations, our frailties, and our faults as human beings. It’s the distance we can travel away from our own frailties. That’s what is so awesome about art: that we deeply flawed creatures can sometimes do extraordinary things. A.I. just doesn’t have any of that stuff going on. Ultimately, it has no limitations, so therefore can’t inhabit the true transcendent artistic experience. It has nothing to transcend! It feels like such a mockery of what it is to be human. A.I. may very well save the world, but it can’t save our souls. That’s what true art is for. That’s the difference. So, I don’t know, in my humble opinion ChatGPT should just fuck off and leave songwriting alone."

Cave also gave an update on the new Bad Seeds album, saying they "haven’t gone into the actual recording of it" yet.

In February Cave shared some advice with a 13-year-old fan on how to "live life to its absolute fullest".

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