The Who’s Roger Daltrey Warns About AI: ‘It Would Destroy Music Industry’

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey is aware of the bad sides of artificial intelligence.

During a new interview with the Daily Grind podcast, the rocker discussed the use of AI in the music industry and shared the one thing it will ‘never have.’ Sharing his concerns, Daltrey explained:

“The one thing I totally believe AI will never have, and it will be its downfall – it will never have empathy. It’s going to destroy the music industry if we’re not careful… music is a different language, and we shouldn’t let AI control that. That will always contain empathy, and AI can’t do that. I won’t ever believe if AI can ever do empathy, then we are (done for).”

Daltrey’s Past Comments On AI

Daltrey has previously voiced concerns about the perceived dangers of AI on multiple occasions. In an earlier interview with the Daily Star, he expressed his worry about AI reaching a stage where ‘robots’ could potentially control the world. He even cited cell phones as an example. He said:

“Once AI controls the Internet, we’ll be in trouble. People addicted to their iPhones will be brainwashed. There’s enough people looking at their iPhone for eight hours a day, you don’t need machines to kill them. You turn them round another way. Life isn’t looking down – it’s about looking up.”

What Other Musicians Think Of AI?

Multiple rockers have raised their concerns over the use of AI in the music industry over the past few years. While some are completely against the use of AI in songwriting, some are completely okay. Some AI users went on to create songs of different musicians, such as Grimes, Oasis, and Joe Bonamassa, all of whom shared their thoughts about the matter. While Bonamassa and Noel Gallagher said that it is concerning and harmful for musicians, Grimes shared that it was okay for people to use her songs for AI-generated ones. She even offered to split 50% royalties on any successful AI-generated piece that uses her voice.

You can hear the podcast episode here.