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How AI is Changing Music Forever

Special Report:

Creativity & AI

Musicians and technologists Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst discuss the AI music revolution and the critical importance of artist consent in building this new future

“What does it mean to be an artist when anybody can create as you?” Mat Dryhurst asked Freethink’s Melanie Bencosme in a recent interview in the Berlin studio he shares with his partner Holly Herndon.

“Do you say, ‘Nobody should be able to create as me, and I’m gonna shut this down’?” he continued. “Or do you lean into it and say, ‘Let’s acknowledge that this is now a thing, and see how far we can take it’?”

That provocative question is at the white hot center of the debate artists around the world are having about the rise of new generative AI tools which promise unprecedented opportunities to democratize creativity and yet raise serious concerns over issues of consent, ownership, and control.


Since the invention of early automation machines, humans have grappled with the challenge of how to work alongside machines and how to think about the displacement of specialty that often follows their invention. With AI’s expansion into creative fields, questions arise about the uniqueness of human creativity and whether AI is a tool, a rival, or a new collaborator. In this special issue, we set out to explore perspectives from technologists, artists, and experts to understand the comprehensive implications of AI-driven creativity on our future.

Freethink Media, a digital publisher telling stories about the people and ideas moving our world forward to over 20+ million followers, recently released a special issue: Creativity & AI. Each week we will highlight here one of Freethink’s compelling articles or docu-style videos that delves into the influence of AI and its profound impact on our world and society today. Known for captivating content featuring news from the frontiers, Freethink is committed to being a trusted source for exploring the transformative power of AI.

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