The carol is a lie — and it’s an extremely unsettling one. University of Toronto researchers tasked an A.I. with looking at a picture of a Christmas tree, writing a song about it, and then singing the results for the world to hear. The song that came out of it is definitely a Christmas song, but it’s an extremely unsettling one. It’s no “Santa Baby,” but it does show just how far A.I. has come.
Nvidia revealed some more details about the project, which runs on its hardware, on Wednesday. The company said the neural network used to create the video was trained on 100 hours of online music. Then it was taught how to compose a song, recognize objects in an image, and write lyrics that it believes are relevant to the picture’s subject.