Grimes scolded a nightclub full of AI evangelists — then promptly DJ'd for them

  • Grimes was the DJ at an AI party centered on "effective accelerationism," or faster tech development.

  • The singer spoke out against some of the e/acc ideology at the event.

  • Flyers that were posted at the event opposed AI regulation.

Grimes was the DJ at an event centered around a hot new ideology in Silicon Valley — effective accelerationism or e/acc.

The party took place after OpenAI's developer conference on Monday. A webpage promoting the party said it was sponsored by e/acc, as well as a handful of other small tech organizations.

"KEEP AI OPEN," the website read. "FOR OPEN SOURCE & DECENTRALIZED AI & AGAINST REGULATORY CAPTURE"

The e/acc philosophy, which some of the biggest names in the tech world, including Marc Andreessen, have promoted, says that technological advancement — in particular the evolution of AI — should proceed as quickly as possible.

The event was held at a nightclub in Silicon Valley and included a variety of posters promoting e/acc. Photos from the event that were taken by The San Francisco Standard show a poster that read "Come and take it" alongside an image of a neural network. Another poster read "Accelerate or die" under the image of a snake that is commonly seen on the Gadsden "Don't tread on me" flag.

The publication said only a handful of the about 300 guests were dancing before Grimes started her DJ set later in the night.

For her part, Grimes, also known by her legal name Claire Boucher, was not afraid to call out the partygoers.

"I disagree with the sentiment of this party," Grimes said, according to The San Francisco Standard. "I think we need to find ways to be safer about AI."

Her announcement was met with "some murmurs of disapproval," the publication said. Though, videos from the event that were posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, appear to show at least some guests were willing to let loose and dance during Grimes' performance.

Spokespeople for Grimes and the event did not immediately respond to a request for comment ahead of publication.

Grimes made a similar comment on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"To be clear, I deeply disagree with the thesis of this party haha but I am dj-ing in enemy territory because I think healthy discourse is constructive!" she wrote on X Monday night.

In general, Grimes has said she is a supporter of AI. The artist has even offered to split royalties 50-50 for AI-generated songs that use her voice.

"I think it's cool to be fused w a machine and I like the idea of open sourcing all art and killing copyright," she said earlier this year.

Her sentiments on AI regulation also appear to echo Elon Musk, the father of three of her children. The billionaire was one of several AI experts to sign an open letter earlier this year calling for a pause on training AI systems.

Separately, Musk also unveiled an AI chatbot of his own on Saturday when xAI released its first model, named Grok.

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