AI brings dead Korean artist Shin Hae-chul back to the radio


South Korea may be the home of K-Pop superstars, but it’s making a strong play to also be the home of dead, AI-resuscitated singers too.

We reported last December on TV shows based around dead artists ‘coming back’ through a mixture of holograms and AI voice covers. Now telco KT has tapped AI voice-synthesis technology to bring back singer Shin Hae-chul, who died in 2014, for a radio show called (in translation) ‘AI DJ, Meeting with Shin Hae-chul’.

The Korea Herald has more details of how it was done: analysing recordings of the ‘Shin Hae-chul’s Ghost Station’ radio show, which aired between 2001 and 2012.

The new show is being broadcast through KT’s GiGa Genie voice assistant on smart devices, although the three episodes will also be made available on YouTube later this week.

Written by: Stuart Dredge