Recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI), particularly large language models (LLMs), have raised warning flags across the scholarly communication landscape for their potential role in research fraud as well as the many copyright issues raised. If you haven’t yet read it, I highly recommend Joe Esposito’s piece from earlier this week, perhaps best summed up by Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

But it’s not all gloom and doom. If you’re like me at all, you’ve probably spent a lot of time wondering, what would it sound like had Elvis Presley sung “Baby Got Back” to the tune of “Don’t Be Cruel”. Now, through the computational power of AI, that question has finally been answered. Have a good weekend.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


5 Thoughts on "Finally Some Positive AI News: Elvis Meets Sir Mix-a-Lot"

That one’s different though (and less worrisome in many ways). AI was used to clean up a demo that John Lennon had recorded and labeled “for Paul” before his death and that the remaining members of the group had considered working on together in the 1990s, but the recording was of too poor quality to do much with. To me that’s not the same as making something out of whole cloth or in this case, drastically altering something that already exists.

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