Late star Robin Williams’ voice and likeness were recreated using AI for “years,” according to daughter Zelda Williams.
Zelda, who is also an actress, took to Instagram Stories to talk about how artificial intelligence has become a “terrible Frankenstein monster” by impersonating celebrities like her father. The “Mrs. The Doubtfire actor died in 2014 at the age of 63.
“I am not an impartial voice in SAG’s fight against AI. “I’ve seen for YEARS how many people want to train these models to create/recreate actors who can’t consent, like Dad,” Zelda wrote. “This is not theoretical, it is very, very real. I’ve already heard about AI making its “voice” say what people want, and while I personally find it disturbing, the implications go beyond my own feelings.”
She continued: “Living actors deserve the chance to create characters with their choices, to voice cartoons, and to put their HUMAN energy and time into the pursuit of performance.” These recreations are, at best, a poor reflection of larger people, at worst “But it’s a terrible Frankenstein’s monster, cobbled together from the worst parts of everything this industry is, rather than what it should stand for.”
The use of AI in Hollywood was at the heart of the WGA and SAG strikes. While the Writers Guild of America has now reached an agreement with the AMPTP, the SAG-AFTRA union is still on strike over the artificial use of fake actors’ performances in contracts.
Oscar winner Tom Hanks recently decided to do this Instagram to warn followers about a dental advertising campaign that uses his likeness. Hanks said earlier this year: “I can tell you that [are] Discussions that are taking place across all guilds, all agencies and all law firms to determine the legal implications of my face and my voice – and everyone else’s – being our intellectual property.”
He added: “I could sit down and propose a series of seven films in which I would star and in which I would be 32 years old from now until the coming of the kingdom. “Anyone can be of any age now recreated, using AI or deep fake technology… I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but my performances can always go on. Aside from understanding that it was created by AI or deep fake, there is no indication that it is not me and me alone, and it will have some level of lifelike quality.”