The Taylor Swift Album Leak’s Massive AI Drawback

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On Thursday, Taylor Swift did a really Taylor Swift factor: She posted an Instagram story with a hyperlink to purchase “Fortnight,” the primary single off of her new album, The Tortured Poets Division. It was cute, possibly even pointless. Taylor Swift is without doubt one of the greatest recording artists on this planet. She introduced TTPD in February whereas accepting the Grammy for finest pop vocal album for her final document, Midnights. Swift bought 19 million albums within the US alone final 12 months; she doesn’t should publish IG tales about a brand new single. But there she was getting the web all frothy prefer it was 1989.As she posted, although, one thing else was agitating her huge fan base: The Tortured Poets Division leaked, allegedly spreading because of a Google Drive hyperlink that made the rounds on-line. (Piracy is again, child!) Nearly instantly, there have been two camps: One mentioned true followers would wait till the album’s official launch, Friday at midnight. The opposite couldn’t wait and pressed Play anyway. Amongst that latter group was a subcamp: individuals who thought the leak—or parts of it, a minimum of—have been the product of synthetic intelligence.Claims of “gotta be AI” come from a number of corners, however many appear to stem from one explicit line, within the album’s title observe, through which (alleged) Swift sings, “You smoked then ate seven bars of chocolate/We declared Charlie Puth ought to be a much bigger artist.” (The rumor mill is speculating it’s a line about her ex, Matty Healy.) The audio has since been eliminated for copyright violation, however when an X consumer posted that snippet on-line, the strategies that it was AI-generated shortly adopted.Upon the album’s launch, everybody realized that the music was, the truth is, actual. Additionally they realized the tracks that had been circulating earlier than the album’s launch have been solely a part of the bundle. Swift returned to Instagram at 2 am Friday to announce that it was truly a “secret DOUBLE album”—The Tortured Poets Division: The Anthology—31 songs in whole. However the “have to be AI” response stays a fancy one.On-line life is awash in AI-generated fake-outs. Just some years into the LLM revolution, the necessity to not imagine your mendacity eyes is a given. Similar goes to your mendacity ears. The larger drawback is that whereas skepticism and fact-checking are, usually, all the time a good suggestion when getting data on-line, AI has change into so prevalent that it will also be a cop-out. Don’t like what your sincere eyes see? Persuade your self it’s AI.What makes this all even trickier is that AI is progressing to the purpose the place composing one thing like “The Tortured Poets Division” doesn’t appear too far out of its realm of chance. An AI model of Johnny Money has already coated Swift’s “Clean Area.” “Coronary heart on My Sleeve,” an AI-generated music from 2023 that sounded shockingly much like one truly made by Drake and the Weeknd, was shut sufficient to the actual deal that some of us thought it could be a promotional tactic.

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