Don’t be afraid of the ‘AI-assisted’ Beatles song, ‘Now And Then’

There’s been a bit of FUD around the decision to use a form of AI to resurrect John Lennon’s voice in what Paul McCartney called “the last Beatles record.” What they’ve done is far from the sketchy AI imitations of artists we see cluttering Soundcloud today, and has much more in common with a more prosaic application of machine learning: noise reduction.
To hear people talk about it, you’d think this was an abject money-grab using the latest voice synthesis tech to ape one of the most famous songwriters of all time. But the real story …