Sir Paul McCartney does not appear to be ready to simply “Let It Be” when it comes to artificial intelligence.
The legendary musician and former Beatle was questioned on Tuesday in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program about artificial intelligence and how it has been used to revive the voices of fellow band members John Lennon and George Harrison, who passed away in 1980 and 2001, respectively.
Additionally, he disclosed that technology has resulted in the release of a “new” Beatles song.
“When we came to make what will be the last Beatles record – it was a demo that John had that we worked on and we just finished it up, it will be released this year – and we were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this AI,” McCartney said. “So then we were able to mix the record as you would normally do.”
He said that even though McCartney doesn’t spend much time online, he is aware that AI can be used to do things like have John Lennon sing one of his songs, which he described as “kind of scary.”
McCartney stated, “It’s something we’re all sort of tackling at the moment and trying to deal with.”
McCartney claims that artificial intelligence was used to remove Lennon’s voice from a demo track for the 2021 docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back” about the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album “Let It Be.”
McCartney stated that AI has “a good side and a scary side” and that “we’ll just have to see where that leads.”
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