Is it live? Or is it Randy Travis?

“My future plans are simple. I’m going to love God forever.
I’m going to love my family and friends forever. I’m going to love my fans forever. And I’m going to love you “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

Randy Travis, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life

DISCLAIMER: This post is not AI generated.

SECOND DISCLAIMER: I have used ChatGPT to generate “articles” which I have then re-written in my voice.

I once heard Randy Travis at the Grand Ole Opry. I had planned a convention at the Opryland Hotel. We had a great lineup the night we went to the Opry, including Travis.

Driving into work yesterday, I heard Travis doing an interview with radio personality Bobby Bones.

Well, it sounded like Travis. To me, anyway.

I’m not sure it would have to my aunt’s cat, Kazimir, a Randy Travis fan. This is a true story, I saw it myself. My aunt lived with her daughter near the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach. They adopted a stray black cat. Kazimir was beautiful, shy, and huge. I rarely saw him on visits.

But Kazimir loved Randy Travis. I swear I am not making this up.

When my aunt or my cousin would put on a Travis recording, Kazimir would come and sit in front of the stereo. If you tried to fool him with a collection of random country artists, he would walk away. His heart belonged to Randy.

Back to the story.

Eleven years ago, Randy Travis had a stroke that left him unable to speak or sing. But thanks to AI, he’s just released a new single. Engineers took prior recordings of Travis and fed them into AI and generated “Travis” singing. The video is below. In the interview segment, Bones also “interviewed” the AI Randy.

I’m old enough to remember the audiocassette tape commercials with Ella Fitzgerald shattering a glass with her voice. The commercial asked “Is it live, or is it Memorex?”

No glass was shattered, but it sure sounded like Randy was singing. The interview with AI Randy was a little more obvious.

As a writer and artist, who sometimes also does voice performance, this both fascinates and terrifies me. I’m not alone.

The Write Side Shop

You’ll recall last year that last year Hollywood screenwriters went on a 148-day strike because of the use of AI in script writing. They reached a tentative agreement and that’s another story. We haven’t heard the end of it.

It’s fascinating technology, but also a little scary.

Here we are in an election year. How do we know what we’re seeing and hearing is really the candidate?

Please don’t insult either of us by suggesting that AI will only be used ethically.

Used properly, AI can be a helpful tool.

But we would be wise to remember the lessons we learned from the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica.

So say we all.


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Please stop talking.

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