Open-source code allowed this West Virginia teen to create an AI that’s got bars.

17-year-old West Virginia native Robbie Barrat taught himself to build a rapping AI bot only just a week on a dare.

Spurred by a debate about whether or not you could teach artificial intelligence to do tasks better than a human, Barrat used open-source AI code to build a digital MC to show his classmates at the club’s next meeting.

According to Quartz, who profiled the teen, its most current iteration was trained via 6,000 Kanye West lyrics and has the ability to generate bars written by the AI. It is, however, still in the process of learning cadence.

“Originally it just rearranged existing rap lyrics, but now it can actually write word-by-word,” Barrat says.

Read more about the resources Barrat used and about the growing demand for AI developers over at Quartz.

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