David Attenborough not happy with artificial intelligence version of his iconic voice – Times of India

as AI Moving forward, it raises ethical questions about the limits of creative expression, consent, and the potential impact on those whose voices it reproduces. There have been several instances of celebrity deffakes – audio and video – making the rounds. The last one concerns Sir David Attenborough. The famous naturalist and broadcaster expressed his displeasure with the artificial intelligence of his distinctive voice, which is shown in a video released by the programmer. Charlie Holtz.
In a video shared by Holtz on X, it showcases the capabilities of artificial intelligence while mimicking Attenborough's iconic storytelling style. Holtz asked GPT4+ to adopt AI-powered Attenborough's voice to narrate his life. There were comments on X from users who were amazed at how close it was to real life Attenborough. However, the man himself was not pleased at all.
What Attenborough said
According to a report by Business Insider, Attenborough said, “The fact that I find it personally excruciating may not matter to the minds of people who freely share my ability to create false versions of myself regardless of my feelings.”
The 97-year-old natural historian, known for his contributions to wildlife documentaries, expressed concern about the potential misuse of such technology. Attenborough emphasized the importance of maintaining authenticity and expressed reservations about the unintended consequences of AI-generated content, especially when it involves the impersonation of famous personalities.
He also added: “But the biggest concern for me is that one day, and that day may be very close now, someone is going to use artificial intelligence to trick others into saying that what I say contradicts or misrepresents my beliefs.” A broader concern that I have spent my life trying to explain and promote.”
The programmer has not commented on the matter since Attenborough's comments. However, this is another reminder of how artificial intelligence could be used to create voices, images of people without their consent.