While experts around the world are busy teaching AI to act like a human, starting from smelling explosives to composing music to photo editing, someone thought to use the Christmas spirit to train the AI. Janelle Shane, a Colorado-based research scientist trained her own neural network to create Christmas carols. However, it looks like her neural network wasn’t inspired enough by the spirit as the result was pretty… hilarious.
Shane trained her neural network using a collection of about 240 Christmas carols aggregated by the Times of London. The set contains famous carols starting from “What Child is This?” to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”
After turning the AI loose with zero instruction, it continuously attempted to write carols by finding patterns in the songs and made its own rules of what goes together. Unfortunately, it got junk when it tried to apply them.
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Then the neural network checked its creation by cross-referencing it to existing Christmas carols, learned to capitalize the letters and utilize line breaks, and modified its creation accordingly.
“Santa baby, a blitzen,
And he was the sun and reindeer and earth.
The Saviour of the chimney tonight”
“And Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ,
And the chimney the angels sing.”
The result is definitely not satisfying. Albeit they are carrying a lot of words which are supposed to be in Christmas carols, none of them is making any sense.
It’s impressive to see how well Shane’s AI is adept at picking up tone and vocabulary of a Christmas song, but being intelligent is one thing and being creative is another. While Elon Musk is terrified of a robot apocalypse, this creation is a proof that humans are still on top, at least when it comes to writing Christmas carols.