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AP News Interview: Voice-cloning

AP News asked me about a company that voice-clones historical figures for education. I am opposed. In addition to what you can read in the article, here is more of what I said to the reporter, David Bauder:

💬 I feel strongly that cloning people's voices without their consent is wrong and sets a dangerous precedent. Currently, using someone's likeness requires signing an agreement that explicitly allows doing so, and often comes with some compensation. That is because people have rights to their likeness. AI just provides a new way to reproduce likeness. It doesn't change people's rights, and it shouldn't infringe on these rights, even for educational purposes. 

💬 I am opposed to the project because of the lack of consent and the risk of creating a dangerous precedent. In the future, I can envision laws that determine how long a person's likeness rights persist after their death, similar to copyright, which expires 70 years after the creator's death. But currently, there is no legal guidance, and I worry about people taking advantage of that, exploiting people's likeness, or even disseminating disinformation.

What do other people think? Join the discussion in the Linkedin thread!



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