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Artificial Intelligence Takes on the Likeness of David Attenborough: How the Creators are Responding


Nov 20, 2023

In October, Sir David Attenborough, 97, attended the premiere of his BBC documentary “Planet Earth III” and was captured in a photo at the event. Meanwhile, a video of an AI version of Attenborough narrating a programmer’s life has gone viral online.

Attenborough expressed his personal dismay about the video and stated that he is troubled by the potential of an AI version of himself being used to deceive others. This concern comes after he saw an AI-generated version of his voice narrating a programmer’s life in real-time.

The filmmaker, known for his educational TV programs “Life on Earth” and “The Blue Planet,” shared his apprehension about the use of AI. He is concerned that AI technology could be used to create false versions of him, emphasized by his fear of being misrepresented and not having control over his own voice.

The AI-generated video has sparked interest in AI clones as well, with others indicating their intent to link this technology with wearables and incorporate it into their designs. Furthermore, another programmer shared a video of an AI-generated Steve Jobs critiquing his designs, inspired by the original AI-Attenborough video. Despite the popularity of the video, the programmer who created the AI-Attenborough has not yet issued a response to requests for comment.

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