The carol is a lie — and it’s an extremely unsettling one. University of Toronto researchers tasked an A.I. with looking at a picture of a Christmas tree, writing a song about it, and then singing the results for the world to hear. The song that came out of it is definitely a Christmas song, but it’s an extremely unsettling one. It’s no “Santa Baby,” but it does show just how far A.I. has come.
Nvidia revealed some more details about the project, which runs on its hardware, on Wednesday. The company said the neural network used to create the video was trained on 100 hours of online music. Then it was taught how to compose a song, recognize objects in an image, and write lyrics that it believes are relevant to the picture’s subject.
The stuff the computer came up with is definitely weird. It’s like GLaDOS, the malevolent A.I. from Valve’s Portal series, wrote a holiday song without the cutting sarcasm or strange charm for which “she” is known. That’s partly because of the robotic voice, but mostly because of the ominous lyrics. Go ahead and listen for yourself:
First appeared on https://www.inverse.com