In case you've ever wanted to hear a machine serenade you with distorted Celine Dion, know it's officially an option now, as artist Martin Backes has created a new installation that does exactly that with his "What do machines sing of?" project.
Yep, that's right. Backes has concocted a pretty eerie AI experience by having his creation endlessly sing "emotionally loaded" number-one ballads from the 1990s in an attempt "to apply the appropriate human sentiments." As he says, "This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality" -- which kind of feels like an Asimov story gone awry. Or an X-File, idk.