It’s not just small artists who are affected by AI. The companies’ bad practices have also reached the big names in the industry. This is the case of Stephen Fry, one of the most famous British voices, and also was the victim of an artificial intelligence theft.
Stephen Fry revealed this fact to the world during the CogX Festival in London, England. From here, the actor played a documentary to his followers, which he narrated in his voice. However, after he finished, Fry stood up and asserted this none of those words had come out of his mouth, and he hadn’t given anyone permission to use it either. Both the actor and those attending the event were equally surprised. It was the AI’s fault.
According to Stephen Fry, the creators of this artificial intelligence They would have used their reading of the seven books of the saga Harry Potter to feed and train them. Afterwards, they offered it to anyone on the market who wanted to use it in their creations.
Let us remember that one of Stephen Fry’s most famous works in his long career was the narration of the books of Harry Potter in the UK, however He didn’t give anyone permission to use it..
The situation frightened Stephen Fry. Eventually, in his own words, “they were able to make me read everything from a call to storm Parliament to hardcore porn, all without my consent.”
“This is just audio,” Fry said after calling his agents, who were equally surprised by the situation. “It won’t be long until the videos Deepfake be just as convincing“.
Stephen Fry’s answer to artificial intelligence
This situation that Stephen Fry experienced happened exactly then The Hollywood industry is experiencing the largest strike in the last 60 years. Actors, screenwriters and many other positions in the film industry have come together to protest against low salaries, current working conditions and the use of artificial intelligence to cut costs in unethical ways.
The actors’ union SAG-AFTRA, of which Fry is a member, assures this Some studios have negotiated to create digital copies of background actors. This allows them to be reused in other productions without compensation or consent. Of course no one liked that.
Stephen Fry isn’t the first voice actor to suffer the effects of AI. In mid-2022, a group of commercial actors confirmed that a company had stolen their voices to use them in commercials. All of this, of course, without consent or compensation of any kind. A dystopian scene if ever there was one.