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Sorry, but this AI-generated pop star is just plain creepy

You have already heard of Noonoouri. She’s not real, but the reaction she’s getting is VERY real.

Noonoouri is an AI creation and was “signed” to a record deal with Warner music. A debut single called “Dominoes” was released on September 1 and features Noonoouri bouncing around in a bikini that’s apparently from Kim Kardashian’s “Skims” collection. Her/its voice is derived from two male singers, Leonardo Martinelli and Rafa Vaivano. Her/its look is supposed to be inspired by crossing Kardashian with Naomi Campbell.

Noonoouri’s creator, a 43-year-old German graphic designer named Joerg Zuber, had a 19-year-old woman in mind for his avatar. So for, she/it has turned up in ad campaigns for Valentino, Dior, and Balenciaga. Flip through Vouge, Elle, and Harper’s Bizarre and you may run across she/it. Believe it or not, Noonoouri also has a modeling contract with IMG Models Worldwide.

Okay, fine. So where does the creepiness come in? If Noonoouri is supposed to be a 19-year-old woman, why does she have the body of a 12-year-old? Critics have been very quick to point out that it really, really feels like this is sexualizing children in a big way.

I agree. Thoughts on this? More here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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