Kanye West Rhymes from AI

On a bet from peers in his high school programming club, a teenager in West Virginia taught himself to build an artificial intelligence program that can rap like Kanye West, according to news reports.

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Seventeen-year-old Robbie Barrat thought that artificial intelligence could accomplish tasks better than humans, and his high school programming club told him to prove it. Using open-source code and 6,000 Kanye West lines, Barrat built a neural network that could mimic the superstar rapper. Barrat completed the project in a week and showed the program to his peers at their next club meeting. “It took one afternoon to write most of the code”, Barrat said, but a few more days to optimize the AI’s results. The program can now write original material and rap, even using semi-appropriate pauses.

At first, the challenge came in understanding where the neural network went wrong, which Barrat said was difficult because machine learning models are not very transparent. The teen therefore relied on open-source code and different software to refine the AI program.

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