Mona Lisa Rapping Video Goes Viral: ‘DaVinci Is Rolling In His Grave’


Mona Lisa rapping

Have you ever imagined what it would be like if Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa were alive today—and rapping? Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore.

In a surprising display of artificial intelligence capability, Microsoft has launched VASA-1, an AI that can animate portraits and synchronize them with audio to create lifelike videos. Among its first demonstrations, VASA-1 has brought Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to life, having her perform a rap originally delivered by actress Anne Hathaway in 2011.

The tech giant released the video showcasing the Mona Lisa rapping, no longer just a subject of serene portraiture. The Mona Lisa rapping by Microsoft performs Hathaway’s “Paparazzi” rap. This novel use of AI has captured both amazement and unease as it blurs the lines between artistry and technology.

VASA-1 stands out by enabling animations from single images, based on audio inputs, to create expressive videos. This technology follows trends seen in other AI tools like Alibaba’s EMO and enhances the scope of digital interaction with art.

Microsoft’s innovation rides the wave of advanced AI tools transforming media experiences. Its partner, OpenAI, has developed Sora, a text-to-video model that similarly generates realistic videos from textual descriptions. Google’s Lumiere offers comparable capabilities, though such tools are currently available to a limited user base.

Despite the playful demonstration, the introduction of VASA-1 raises significant ethical considerations. The history of AI-driven video manipulations, often termed as deepfakes, includes examples like the 2019 MIT project that created a fictitious speech by President Richard Nixon. While impressive, these technologies pose risks of misinformation, with experts cautioning about their potential misuse.

Microsoft acknowledges these concerns but remains optimistic about VASA-1’s positive applications. The company suggests that the technology could enhance educational tools, improve accessibility for those with communication impairments, and provide new companionship and therapeutic support.

As Microsoft commits to responsible AI development to benefit human well-being, the tech community and the public continue to watch closely. AI’s potential to enrich and complicate our interaction with digital media is becoming increasingly apparent.

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