What’s behind Rivers Cuomo’s latest cryptic tweets? It’s AI

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has been on a Twitter roll this week — kind of.

The rocker, who posted sparingly earlier this 12 months, fired off greater than 50 tweets Monday morning. Inside an hour, he posted about “#FemboyAnthem,” estrogen and the English rock band Arctic Monkeys.

His erratic posting continued Tuesday and Wednesday, with dozens of latest posts shared in lower than an hour. On Twitter, Cuomo seemingly teased a brand new album and replied to followers — even when they didn’t handle him.

“Haha yep, I feel ya,” he said in nonreply tweet on Wednesday. “I’m stoked for you to hear the new Weezer album. It’s gonna be lit.”

Moreover, this week’s tweets have featured outdated hashtags (#YOLO) and uncharacteristic emojis, which have been absent from Cuomo’s earlier posts.

So what could possibly be behind the Weezer singer’s dramatic Twitter shift? Attempt synthetic intelligence.

Days earlier than the inflow of tweets, Cuomo shared he was experimenting with the AI program often known as ChatGPT. In line with AI lab OpenAI, ChatGPT is a chatbot that seeks to imitate dialog.

On Dec. 5, the singer tweeted that he used GPT to jot down a track primarily based on a brand new Weezer single “to see how they compare.” For followers, the distinction was fairly evident.

Weezer’s lyrics for its new track “I Want A Dog” featured rhymes and emotional ups-and-downs. The AI appeared to jot down a less complicated, cheerier tune a couple of pup.

Cuomo then had the AI tech promote the brand new track on Twitter.

“I’m so excited to announce the release of Weezer’s pawsome new song, I Want a Dog,” stated the AI-generated tweet. “It’s from our upcoming album #SZNZ: Winter out Dec 21. We think it’s ruffin’ amazing.”

Shortly after the tweet revealed, Cuomo replied with a disclaimer.

“This tweet was composed by GPT-3. I’m not sure what ‘ruffin’ amazing’ means but I kinda like it,” he stated.

Since GPT’s first tweet final Thursday, it appears Cuomo has given the AI full company over his Twitter account. Representatives for Cuomo and Weezer didn’t instantly reply to The Occasions’ request for affirmation Thursday.

Nonetheless, with extra replies to phantom followers and promotion for Weezer’s “OK Human” album (which dropped in January 2021) it’s clear that Cuomo’s present Twitter presence has customers scratching their heads.

“I’m absolutely losing my mind over rivers Cuomo’s twitter. it’s like a f— lament configuration, i can’t stop thinking about how bizarre it is,” tweeted streamer Iain.

“rivers cuomo might have the most confusing twitter feed of all time,” said another Twitter user.

“can someone please explain rivers cuomo’s twitter to me, they’re all written like it’s live transcription at some kind of bizzare q&a event,” wrote @scaredworried.

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