Robin Williams’ Daughter Slams the Use of Artificial Intelligence to Recreate His Voice
Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late actor Robin Williams, has criticized the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to recreate her father’s voice. In a post on Instagram, she referred to this practice as a “Frankensteinian monster.” She expressed her support for the ongoing strike by the SAG-AFTRA actors union, which is fighting against the use of AI.
Zelda emphasized that actors should have the opportunity to create characters with their choices and put their human effort into their performances. She denounced the AI recreations as poor imitations at best and monstrous assemblages at worst, saying that they go against what the industry should stand for.
The use of AI to match celebrities’ voices and likeness has become a controversial trend. While it allows deceased actors to be heard again on screen, it raises ethical concerns as it involves recreating individuals who cannot provide consent. In the case of Robin Williams, his voice has been used almost a decade after his passing.
Earlier this year, the Writers Guild of America union engaged in industrial action, and the strike officially ended after reaching an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. However, the strike by SAG-AFTRA remains ongoing until a suitable resolution is achieved.
It was recently announced that Robin Williams’ voice will be featured in the new Disney short ‘Once Upon a Studio’, where he will be reprising his role as Genie from ‘Aladdin’. The dialogue used in the short was recorded prior to his death and is believed to have been used with the consent of his estate.
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