Queen's Brian May Says Artificial Intelligence Could Have a 'Massively Scary' Impact on Music and Beyond

"I think we might look back on 2023 as the last year when humans really dominated the music scene," the rock legend recently told 'Guitar Player'

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Brian May

Is this real life — or is it just artificial intelligence? Ask Brian May.

In a new interview with Guitar Player, the 76-year-old Queen co-founder opened up about his thoughts on artificial intelligence and how it could influence music, expressing fear toward its potential impact.

"My major concern with it now is in the artistic area. I think by this time next year the landscape will be completely different. We won’t know which way is up. We won’t know what’s been created by AI and what’s been created by humans," May told the outlet.

The musician added, "Everything is going to get very blurred and very confusing, and I think we might look back on 2023 as the last year when humans really dominated the music scene. I really think it could be that serious, and that doesn’t fill me with joy. It makes me feel apprehensive, and I’m preparing to feel sad about this."

Jordi Vidal/Redferns Brian May performs in May 2016
Jordi Vidal/Redferns Brian May performs in May 2016

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May said he feels "a lot of great stuff will come from AI, because it is going to increase the powers of humans to solve problems." However, he said AI also has "huge" potential to "cause evil" within "politics and world domination for various nations."

"I think the whole thing is massively scary. It’s much more far-reaching than anybody realized — well, certainly than I realized," admitted the performer.

The Queen guitarist isn't the only longtime musician to express pause toward embracing AI. Earlier this summer, Dolly Parton shot down the idea of performing as a hologram during a press conference for her upcoming Rockstar album.

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Dolly Parton

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“I think I’ve left a great body of work behind,” said Parton, 77, per The Independent. “I have to decide how much of that high-tech stuff I want to be involved [with] because I don’t want to leave my soul here on this earth."

“I think with some of this stuff I’ll be grounded here forever," the country legend continued. "I’ll be around, we’ll find ways to keep me here.”

Infusing a bit of her classic humor into her feelings toward a hologram concert, Parton quipped that "everything" about her — such as "any intelligence" — was already artificial, per the outlet.

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