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AI competition statement, by Peter Gabriel

by Peter Gabriel, April 20, 2023

I have been disturbed by the negative reactions to the competition being run with Stability AI and want a chance to explain my position in this debate.

Rights and copyrights are critical for all artists and I have long been a defender. When an artist’s work is copied for commercial gain, there should be a right to choose to refuse it or to participate financially.

(...) Like the wheel, or the industrial revolution, I believe the changes coming with AI are unstoppable, but we can clearly influence them.

I have added my name to a letter written by Max Tegmark, Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk amongst others to pause on the release of new AI for six months while we try and figure out what we should be doing, but if we don’t use this time to play with and learn from what we have already created how can we hope to understand it?

Read more about this fascinating topic on Peter Gabriel's website, where it was initially published.


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