Artificial intelligence has become a ubiquitous technology. This is why we see a surge in demand for roles like data scientists and machine learning engineers.
The software and IT industries have sought these skillsets for many years. Now, AI is being adopted by the film business.
The documentary, “ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” was released earlier this month. A chef and popular CNN host, Bourdain died in 2018. The film features an AI model of Bourdain’s voice so that it seems like Bourdain is narrating parts of the film.
Creating synthetic voices using AI is made possible by a few different companies, and there’s plenty of controversy surrounding this. Cloning or mimicking someone’s voice without their permission, for instance, can cross an ethical line.
AI Goes To Hollywood
Morgan Neville, the filmmaker who made the documentary, defended himself against critics who say his use of AI went too far.
“I wasn’t putting words into his mouth,” Neville said to GQ. “I was just trying to make them come alive.”
Neville refers to his use of AI in the film as a “modern storytelling technique.” Some filmmakers have weighed in on Twitter, saying that the use of AI in this manner is OK as long as it’s clear to viewers. Others are less tolerant of so-called “deepfakes,” an umbrella term used to describe any form of synthetic media.
Regardless of which side you stand on in this debate, it’s undeniable that AI will continue to be used in movies, T.V. shows, and other forms of media and entertainment.
New for @latimes: AI deepfakes of Anthony Bourdain’s voice are only a taste of what’s coming. Artists, technologists and companies have already been grappling with the big question of what happens when you separate speech from the speaker. https://t.co/Edxnm3juUL
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) July 26, 2021
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