Dead Singer Sings Again – level 3

12-02-2021 07:00

One of South Korea’s most outstanding rock legends, Kim Kwang-seok, passed away in 1996. However, nearly 25 years later, loyal fans and a new generation are able to hear his voice singing a song that was written six years after his death.

The AI company Supertone has resurrected Kim’s voice for a new South Korean TV show and the AI successfully expressed human emotions in its songs. According to one of the producers, it was an important goal. At first, a computer program learned 20 of the late singer’s songs, and then technicians trained the AI to sing over 700 Korean songs with the same voice.

While some fans cherished the opportunity to hear the singer’s voice once again, the producers admitted that there were some ethical concerns surrounding the technology. Also, they were afraid that they wouldn’t get the permission of Kim’s family; however, Kim’s family was very happy with the outcome.

Difficult words: AI (artificial intelligence), resurrect (to bring to life again), cherish (to hold or treat something as dear and loved), ethical (following honest and good moral standards).

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