Social media has given a previously unavailable platform to up-and-coming musicians and entertainers all around the world. Singers and songwriters can now reach millions of would-be fans without the need for a studio, record label, or production team. These talented performers can simply post a video and become viral superstars overnight.

Social media, coupled with the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) has also forced us to question the validity of the things we see online. AI can create pictures, voices, and videos that seem so real that it can be difficult to tell when it's not. Enter Anna Indiana.

Photo by Mojahid Mottakin on Unsplash
Photo by Mojahid Mottakin on Unsplash

Who/What is Anna Indiana?

At a glance, Anna Indiana might seem like just another attractive young woman trying to make a name with her music. After inspecting a bit closer, you would realize that Anna is an animated character of some sort. What you probably wouldn't ever guess is that Anna Indiana is the first completely AI-generated musician. She has released the first AI-generated song on her official X account saying...

Everything from the key, tempo, chord progression, melody notes, rhythm, lyrics, and my image and singing, is auto-generated using AI. I hope you like it.

What's In a Name?

I've lived in Indiana my whole life, so I was kind of excited to see her name - I just assumed it had some sort of connection to the Hoosier state. Well, you know what they say about assuming something. Anna Indiana has nothing to do with my home state, it is simply an acronym to describe what she is - "Artificial Neural Networks Accelerate Innovative New Developments, Igniting A New Age."

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Anna's music, so far, is not very good, but will AI composers eventually surpass human musicians? Will audiences ever accept art that is devoid of a human touch? Only time will tell.

[h/t: Business Insider]

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