From aiding to entertaining: The unlikely uses of AI 

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Artificial intelligence (or AI) has developed majorly over the past few years. AI are machines that can complete difficult tasks, even ones that need human intelligence.  

We have grown used to AI, from Siri on your iPhone to parking aids, it has become a staple in our lives. Now, AI can make a toothbrush sing a cover of Gangsta’s Paradise. Yes, really.  

From aiding to entertaining 

So, how did AI end up here? We have used AI for many things, such as automation, research and data analysis; it is even used to make advances in the medical field. 

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Recently, people (especially TikTok users) have been using it for other purposes. Ranging from art to Donald Trump playing Minecraft, it seems to be descending into madness.  

AI artists? 

This has been a trend online for some time now. Using AI to transform random doodles into masterpieces (albeit a bit wonky) took the internet by storm.  

However, this has caused problems for digital artists. Before AI and digital art became so mainstream, realism artists were often accused of printing their artwork if it looked “too good”.  

Now, people are slandering artists for using artificial intelligence to make their art. While this may be true for some online creators, most of the targets are innocent. And they are beginning to get fed up. Artists are having to show proof of them drawing their art, usually through screen-recorded time lapses.

It has also created the question, who does the AI art belong to? In cases of copyright, AI art is very complex. People are still trying to decide if the program should own it, the “creator”, or the artists that AI takes inspiration from.

Trump and Biden Minecraft stream

Another trend that blew up on TikTok was about using AI to create fake videos of people playing video games.  

It sounds boring when put like that, but the TikTok generation found it hilarious to watch Donald Trump and President Joe Biden “play” Minecraft together.  

The authenticity of the voices is pretty terrifying, but it does make for a funny clip.  

Content warning: this clip contains strong language

Serenaded by AI 

The latest gag is AI song covers. Taking popular songs and using AI to make it sound like someone else singing worked – for a while.  

We had some rational ones such as Michael Jackson covers. However, as with most trends, it got out of hand. Starting the spiralling downfall were AI covers by SpongeBob characters – mainly Plankton – and Toad from Super Mario.  


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Of course, it went a step further. Now gracing the screens of certain users are covers from inanimate objects. So far a few include: a Minecraft door, a toothbrush, a chainsaw, and a dog toy.

Many feared the very thought of artificial intelligence as it threatens to replace many jobs, and people are worried about the downfall of humanity. It’s comforting to know that this may be a while off whilst people are preoccupied in using it in a more ‘artistic’ way.  

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Second year student journalist studying Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Journalism Studies.
Writer for Brig and Discovery Music

Second year student journalist studying Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Journalism Studies.
Writer for Brig and Discovery Music

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