Grimes caused a stir on TikTok by posting a bizarre video raving about artificial intelligence, which she says is the “fastest road to communism.”
The experimental pop singer, born Claire Boucher, 33, posted her bubbly, enthusiastic rant on Wednesday, leaving viewers stunned as she described how AI could lead to a world where no one has to work and everyone lives comfortably.
To complete the confusion, her background photo is set to a scene from the Japanese manga ‘Berserk’.
“AI could automate all agriculture, eradicate systemic corruption and bring us as close as possible to true equality,” she says.
‘So basically everything everyone likes about communism, but without the collective farm. Because let’s face it, forced farming is not a vibe.’
The video has more than 1.7 million views, 100,000 likes and tens of thousands of stunned comments.
Experimental pop singer Grimes claims ‘AI is the fastest path to communism’ in viral TikTok video.
“Why is GRIMES of all people talking about communism on tik tok in front of a beserk manga window,” wrote one Twitter user in a post sharing the video.
“Every month or so grimes are going to be trending for some undoubtedly insane shit and my mission is to never learn why,” wrote another user.
In an appalled response to the Grimes video, the AV Club published an article titled “Grimes Reveals She Doesn’t Know What Communism Is In AI-Praised TikTok,” stating that “the company’s control of all means of production barely veiled’ is not communism.’
The goal of communism, the article continues, is not to create a system in which no one has to work, as Grimes argued, but rather for everyone to be compensated equally for their work.
The topic of AI’s influence on political systems has been discussed before by experts in the field, most of whom believe that artificial intelligence will only lead to a technology-based dictatorship.
The Washington Post published an in-depth op-ed in May 2018 in which Feng Xiang, a law professor at China’s Tsinghua University, wrote: “If AI remains under the control of market forces, it will inexorably result in a super-rich oligopoly. of data billionaires reaping the wealth created by robots displacing human labour, with massive unemployment in their wake.”
However, to credit Grimes, Xiang changes direction by saying that workers could still “seize the means of production,” as Marx famously said, if such means were artificial intelligence.
Grimes’s video doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as she has often discussed artificial intelligence in interviews and in her work as a songwriter. In January 2020, she shared a TikTok video saying artificial intelligence “may be the end of humanity, but I still think intelligence will spread across the universe through AI rather than us. It’s sad, but I think I’m all for it.’
And this isn’t the first time Grimes’ political claims have drawn attention. In March 2020 with Rolling Stone, she expressed her support for left-wing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and said he and her boyfriend Elon Musk had “very similar goals.”
“When I look at my friend’s goals and I look at Bernie’s goals, their end goals are very similar,” Grimes said. Fix environmental problems, reduce suffering. It’s worth dissecting the wealth gap, it’s worth dissecting the existence of billionaires, but situations are nuanced.”
Grimes (right) and her boyfriend Elon Musk met at the 2018 Met Gala and welcomed their first child, controversially named X Æ A-Xii, in May 2020.
The “nuance” Grimes speaks of is that Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is one of the richest men in the world, worth about $40 billion. While Sanders believes that billionaires should not exist and proposes a wealth tax for anyone with a net worth of at least $32 million.
Grimes, who has often described himself as a left-wing feminist, has been repeatedly known for defending Elon Musk’s actions and billionaire status.
She was once asked by a fan why she was dating Musk when he donates seven times as much to Republicans and he to Democrats, as detailed in a July 2018 Vice article.
Her response: ‘Every space company has to donate to Republicans in order to function. . . it’s the price of doing business in America.’
What’s even more bizarre about the Grimes TikTok video is that Musk himself has spoken out multiple times against artificial intelligence, saying he believes it poses a threat to humanity.
Most recently, last July, he expressed concerns about Google’s DeepMind project, the research lab most famous for developing AI systems that can play video games better than any human. Musk said his fear is that AI will become so smart that AI overlords could overthrow the human race.
In an interview on the matter with The New York Times, Musk said his experience with AI at Tesla gave him the insight to confidently assert “we are moving towards a situation where AI is much smarter than humans” and on the inside. at least five years, it can lead to social instability.